Third Eye Blind Biography
This Alternative-Rock band was formed in the mid-'90s in San Francisco, California USA and originally comprised lead singer + guitarist Stephan Jenkins, guitarist Kevin Cadogan, bass player Arion Salazar and drummer Brad Hargreaves. Not long after forming they recorded a demo, eventually winning opening slot for Oasis' April 1996 concert at San Francisco's Civic Auditorium.
Third Eye Blind then signed with Elektra Records and began recording their debut album; the eponymously titled set was released in April 1997, it peaked at #25 on The Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for well over a year, selling 6 million copies. The first single, "Semi-Charmed Life", rocketed to the top position on The Modern Rock chart and climbed into the top 5 on The Billboard Hot 100. The album spun off four more singles including the massive hits, "How's It Going To Be" which peaked at #5 on The Modern Rock Tracks and at #9 on The Billboard Hot 100, "Jumper" also grabbed a #9 and a #5 spots, respectively, on the same charts; "Graduate" reached #14 on the Billboard's alt-Rock radio chart and the final single, "Losing A Whole Year", weighed in at #13 on that chart.
The band's sophomore effort, "Blue", followed two and a half years later and quickly ascended into the top 40 of The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart selling nearly two million copies and spawning four Modern Rock top 40 hits including the #4 "Never Let You Go", "Anything", "10 Days Late" and "Deep Inside Of You". Unfortunately, while the rumors of Jenkins “soulless corporate ownership of Third Eye Blind” eventually fizzled, those centered around the crumbling relationship between Cadogan and his bandmates could not be so easily dismissed. Finally, Cadogan was abruptly fired in accordance with a reportedly unanimous vote among the remaining three members.
"Out Of The Vein", the San Francisco quartet's first album in over three years and the first to feature new guitarist Tony Fredianelli, arrived in May 2003; it debuted at #12 on the U.S. Top 200 Albums list, their best chart-placing to date, but "Blinded (When I See You)" was the only single to chart, barely entering The Modern Rock top 40 and immediately stalling at #35.
In November 2008 Third Eye Blind released the 3-song EP "Red Star" which included the AAA-radio single, "Non-Dairy Creamer". The set served as a preview for the band's fourth full-length album,"Ursa Major", which came out in August 2009 and debuted at #1 on the Top Independent Albums chart. The disc featured the single "Don't Believe A Word".