Gin Blossoms

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: alternative rock 90s alternative rock indie Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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‘A big slice of American cheese’ was how the singer of this American rock band once described their sound. Favoured sons of MTV, they had earlier attracted a fierce local following after formation in Tempe, Arizona, USA, in 1987. Their original line-up comprised Doug Hopkins (Douglas Hopkins, 11 April 1961, USA, d. 5 December 1993, Tempe, Arizona, USA; guitar), Bill Leen (b. 1 March 1962; bass), Jesse Valenzuela (b. 22 May 1962; guitar/vocals), Richard Taylor (rhythm guitar/vocals) and Chris McCann (drums). Robin Wilson (b. 12 July 1965) and Daniel Henzerling were brought in the following year to replace Taylor and McCann respectively. The classic Gin Blossoms finally fell into place when Wilson was promoted to lead singer, Valenzuela switched to rhythm guitar and vocals, and Phillip Rhodes (b. 26 May 1969) replaced Henzerling.

The band’s debut, Dusted, was released in 1989 on vinyl and cassette. The country-tinged musical...

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