Modern Rock Classic `New Miserable Experience' From the Gin Blossoms Now in Two-CD Deluxe Edition With Previously Unreleased Tracks and Rarities.
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 23, 2002
With the Gin Blossoms reunited and back on the road, the 10th anniversary of their Modern Rock masterpiece is celebrated with "New Miserable Experience (Deluxe Edition)" (A&M/UME), released September 24, 2002. Expanded to a two-CD set, the package includes the original 1992 quadruple-platinum album that spawned four Top 25 hits, including "Hey Jealousy," and a 22-selection second disc featuring five recordings previously unreleased, five others previously unreleased in the U.S., a pair of soundtrack contributions and other rarities. "Deluxe Edition" offers a musical history of the band from 1989 through its debut blockbuster, with the vast majority of the tracks digitally remastered from the original master tapes.
The Gin Blossoms were a Modern Rock success story as the Tempe, Arizona, band rocketed into the mainstream. Three tracks from "Dusted,' a 1989 indie-released album, are heard on "New Miserable Experience (Deluxe Edition)": "Something Wrong," "Slave Dealer's Daughter" and "Firewords." Signed to A&M, the Gin Blossoms (lead singer Robin Wilson, drummer Phillip Rhodes, guitarists Doug Hopkins and Jessie Valenzuela, bassist Bill Leen) cut 1991's "Up And Crumbling" EP, with "Just South Of Nowhere," "Keli Richards" and "Angels Tonight." During the recording for "New Miserable Experience," Scott Johnson replaced Hopkins.
Supporting their full-length major-label debut, the band opened for Toad the Wet Sprocket, Neville Brothers, UB40, Spin Doctors, etc., and headlined, too. "Hey Jealousy" (#25 pop/#4 Album Rock) and "Found Out About You" (#25 pop/#5 AR/#1 Modern Rock) dominated radio and MTV for a year. The pop #30 album also scored with "Mrs. Rita" (#36 AR), "Allison Road" (#24 pop/#20 AR/#39 MR) and "Until I Fall Away" (#21 pop/#40 AR/#13 MR).
Previously unreleased "New Miserable Experience" outtakes heard on its "Deluxe Edition" are "Blue Eyes Bleeding" and an alternate version of "Pieces Of The Night." Also included are a remix, "Allison Road '94," plus "Soul Deep," from the "Speed" soundtrack, and "Idiot Summer," from "Wayne's World 2." Taken from the 1993 "Shut Up And Smoke" EP are "Heart Away," "Cold River Dick" and "Christine Irene," plus a cover of The Rutles' "Number One," a previously unreleased outtake from the sessions. Previously unreleased in the U.S. are live 1993 recordings of "Hey Jealousy," "Mrs. Rita," "Hold Me Down," "29" and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." Also previously unreleased anywhere is a cover of Alex Chilton's "Back Of A Car" and a live cover of the novelty "Movin' On Up."
The Gin Blossoms followed with a platinum Top 10 album but nevertheless disbanded in 1997. Starting with a New Year's Eve 2001 reunion, the Gin Blossoms have again begun a new experience including participating in assembling this package.