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The music industry trade magazine Billboard called this "The closest thing to a perfect pop song to hit radio in recent memory," a sentiment appreciated by the band's guitarist.
"This song reminds me why I work. I can count on hearing it in grocery stores, and I like playing it. It's really nice pop perfection, and just saccharin enough," says Gin Blossom Jesse Valenzuela with a chuckle. "As an artist, you have to start realizing what you do carries some value, even monetarily. And this song is a pretty big one for me to help me realize that this is what I'll do for a living from now on. And how lucky I am - because it's all I really love doing, and I get to do it all the time."
The first time Jesse heard this song over the public announcement system at a grocery store, he says he almost wanted to tell somebody, "Hey! That's my song!" he laughs. But he resisted. He remembers being proud, but being very anonymous at the time. Then there was the trip to Lowe's (home improvement department store). "One time my wife and I went there for lighting fixtures, and she wanted one. I said, 'Let's go for the cheaper one.' And she wanted one that was just a little more expensive. And I was like hemming and hawing, and all of a sudden one of my songs came on the radio, and she said, 'It's not as if you can't afford to get me the more expensive one.' I was like, 'All right.' She did have a case." (read the full interview with Jesse Valenzuela
In early 1997, right as the band was splitting up, the Gin Blossoms accepted an award from ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers) for this song (along with "Follow You Down
") in recognition of having the two most-played songs the previous year.
Gin Blossoms lead singer Robin Wilson wrote the lyrics to this song. The music was composed by the band's guitarist Jesse Valenzuela with help from Marshall Crenshaw, most famous for his 1982 hit "Someday, Someway
." Crenshaw tells us that he and Valenzuela didn't know each other, but Jesse tracked him down to help finish the song. Crenshaw wrote the verse melody and worked on the ending.
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