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Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience (1997)


New Miserable Experience

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New Miserable Experience
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Studio album by Gin Blossoms
ReleasedAugust 4, 1992
RecordedFebruary - March 1992
StudioArdent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee
GenrePower popjangle pop,[1]alternative rock
Length45:02
LabelA&M
ProducerGin Blossoms
John Hampton
Gin Blossoms chronology
Up and Crumbling(EP)
(1991)
New Miserable Experience
(1992)
Shut Up And Smoke (EP)
(1994)
Alternate cover
Re-release cover
Re-release cover
Singles from New Miserable Experience
  1. "Lost Horizons"
    Released: 1992
  2. "Mrs. Rita"
    Released: 1993
  3. "Hey Jealousy"
    Released: June 1993
  4. "Until I Fall Away"
    Released: August 1993
  5. "Found Out About You"
    Released: November 1993
  6. "Allison Road"
    Released: 1994
New Miserable Experience is the breakthrough and second studio album by rock band Gin Blossoms, released on August 4, 1992. The album was released to little fanfare and relatively lackluster reviews. However, nearly a year after its release the lead single, "Hey Jealousy", entered the top 40, with "Found Out About You" following a few months later. The album eventually reached multi-platinum status.
The band's guitarist, Doug Hopkins, was fired near the conclusion of the recording sessions for the album, ostensibly for his persistent alcohol problems. His replacement, Scott Johnson, is listed as a member of the band in the liner notes, but did not play on the album. Just as the album was becoming a success at the end of 1993, Hopkins committed suicide.
New Miserable Experience's initial release had completely different packaging. The album's original cover artwork depicted the Arizona desert. Songs on the album, such as "Mrs. Rita", a song about a local psychic from the Gin Blossoms' hometown of Tempe, Arizona, were also written with references to the area, people and events surrounding the band at the time. The majority of the songs rely on a melody-driven pop style while the final track, "Cheatin'", leans into country music. The album was re-released in late summer 1993, in conjunction with A&M's newfound support of the album. To celebrate the album's tenth anniversary, a deluxe edition containing an extra disc of demosouttakes and live performances was released by the label in 2002.

Contents

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lost Horizons" (Doug Hopkins) – 3:20
  2. "Hey Jealousy" (Hopkins) – 3:56
  3. "Mrs. Rita" (Jesse Valenzuela, Jim Swafford) – 4:25
  4. "Until I Fall Away" (Robin Wilson, Valenzuela) – 3:51
  5. "Hold Me Down" (Hopkins, Wilson) – 4:50
  6. "Cajun Song" (Valenzuela) – 2:56
  7. "Hands Are Tied" (Valenzuela) – 3:17
  8. "Found Out About You" (Hopkins) – 3:53
  9. "Allison Road" (Wilson) – 3:18
  10. "29" (Valenzuela) – 4:18
  11. "Pieces of the Night" (Hopkins) – 4:33
  12. "Cheatin'" (Valenzuela, Hopkins) – 3:25
Track listing for the bonus disc included with the 2002 deluxe edition:
  1. "Something Wrong" (Valenzuela) - 2:40
  2. "Slave Dealer's Daughter" (Hopkins, Bill Leen) - 2:32
  3. "Fireworks" (Hopkins) - 3:05
  4. "Keli Richards" (Hopkins, Leen) - 3:04
  5. "Just South of Nowhere" (Valenzuela) - 3:26
  6. "Angels Tonight" (Hopkins) - 3:33
  7. "Blue Eyes Bleeding" (Hopkins) - 2:30
  8. "Soul Deep" (Wayne Carson Thompson) - 3:05
  9. "Heart Away" (Wilson) - 2:21
  10. "Cold River Dick" (Wilson, Valenzuela, Leen, Phillip Rhodes, Scott Johnson) - 1:16
  11. "Christine Irene" (Wilson, Valenzuela) - 2:42
  12. "Number One" (John LennonPaul McCartneyNeil Innes) - 2:35
  13. "Idiot Summer" (Wilson) - 4:13
  14. "Back of a Car" (Alex ChiltonAndy Hummel) - 2:43
  15. "Allison Road '94 (remix)" (Wilson) - 3:22
  16. "Hold Me Down (live)" (Hopkins, Wilson) - 4:55
  17. "Hey Jealousy (live)" (Hopkins) - 3:57
  18. "Mrs. Rita (live)" (Swafford, Valenzuela) - 4:20
  19. "29 (live)" (Valenzuela) - 4:07
  20. "Movin' On Up (live)" (Jeff BarryJa'net Dubois) - 2:57
  21. "Folsom Prison Blues (live)" (Johnny Cash) - 3:08
  22. "Pieces of the Night (with piano ending)" (Hopkins) - 4:20
  • Tracks 1-3: from Dusted (1989)
  • Tracks 4-6: from Up and Crumbling (1991)
  • Track 7: outtake from New Miserable Experience
  • Tracks 8-11: from Shut Up and Smoke (1994); "Soul Deep" also appears on the soundtrack album from the movie Speed
  • Track 12: outtake from Shut Up and Smoke
  • Track 13: from Music from the Motion Picture Wayne's World 2 (1993)
  • Track 14: previously unreleased; intended for a Big Star tribute album
  • Tracks 15, 22: alternate versions of songs from New Miserable Experience
  • Tracks 16-21: recorded live on May 13, 1993 at Solana Beach, CA

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune2/4 stars[3]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[5]
The Village VoiceC+[6]
Rolling Stone praised the album, saying it "sounds both fresh and highly personal."[4] AllMusic called the album "a tight and lean collection of brilliant, edgy pop music."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)
YearChartPosition
1993Heatseekers1
The Billboard 20030
Singles - Billboard (North America)
YearSingleChartPosition
1993"Hey Jealousy"Mainstream Rock Tracks4
The Billboard Hot 10025
Top 40 Mainstream20
"Found Out About You"Mainstream Rock Tracks5
Modern Rock Tracks1
The Billboard Hot 10025
Top 40 Mainstream6
"Mrs. Rita"Mainstream Rock Tracks36
1994"Until I Fall Away"Adult Contemporary23
Mainstream Rock Tracks40
Modern Rock Tracks13
Top 40 Mainstream13
"Allison Road"Mainstream Rock Tracks20
Modern Rock Tracks39
1995"Found Out About You"Adult Top 4038

Personnel[edit]

Gin Blossoms[edit]

Additional Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Gin Blossoms, John Hampton
  • Engineer: John Hampton
  • Assistant Engineer: James "Left Of" Senter
  • Mixing: John Hampton
  • Mastering: George Marino
  • Art direction: Barrie Goshko
  • Design: Barrie Goshko
  • Photography: Jay Blakesberg, Robin Wilson
  • Crew: Jim Coleman, Scott Guess, Mike Chappell
  • Recorded at: Ardent Studios (Memphis, TN), except: "Allison Road" and "Mrs. Rita", recorded at: AB Recorders (Phoenix, AZ) By: Andy Barret
Original 1992 release:
  • Art direction and design: Rowan Moore
  • Photography: Dennis Keeley
  • Radiator: Kelly Ray

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