To the band that made the following lines famous — "Anywhere you go, I'll follow you down. I'll follow you down, but not that far!" — we have a message for you: We, your loving audience, will keep following you, because you're great. For the countless adults caught in that awkward place between Gen X and Y who remember when MTV played music, there are a handful of names that impart that deliciously distinct '90s-lost-innocence nostalgia, from Blues Traveler to Bush to Counting Crows, but it might just be Gin Blossoms who take the cake.
With the salty-sweet voice of vocalist Jesse Valenzuela and hits like "Hey Jealousy," "Follow You Down," and "Til I Hear It From You," Gin Blossoms had a virtual monopoly on the soundtracks to school dances and car make-outs of the '90s. Formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona, Gin Blossoms broke out with "Hey Jealousy," a song that became the center of a tragedy after its writer, Blossoms cofounder Doug Hopkins, was fired and later committed suicide after a battle with drinking. The rest of the band's members continued on to success before eventually breaking up in 1997.
In 2002, the band reunited and subsequently released 2006's Major Lodge Victory and 2010's No Chocolate Cake. Gin Blossoms have survived a shuffling in and out of members over the years, but at least for now, they're stable and touring. 2012's 31-date nationwide tour with Everclear, Sugar Ray, and a handful of other groups undoubtedly brought back memories of sweaty palms and nervous first kisses for concertgoers everywhere.
In 2015, the band's latest tour includes a stop right here in Florida (for a free outdoor concert celebrating ArtsPark's 90th birthday). It's time to pull out those oversized jeans, Tommy Hilfiger T-shirts, and choker necklaces you've been hiding in your closet. Throw some gel in that mop or maybe a touch of Cool Water cologne, because the sound of the '90s is back, and Gin Blossoms are taking you there.
8 p.m. Saturday, November 21, at ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Admission is free. Call 954-921-3500, or visit visithollywoodfl.org.
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