Wilson grew up loving Kiss - he even had their lunch box. So he thought it would be great to offer a Gin Blossoms lunch box to fan club members. And they did.
They played their first concert on Christmas Day 1987 in Tempe, Arizona. They made it a tradition to play a show there every Christmas.
When their 1992 album, New Miserable Experience, hit platinum, they were presented with the platinum album at a Phoenix Suns home basketball game.
Hopkins had battled with alcoholism and depression for years. Things went from bad to worse and he was fired from the band after the recording of New Miserable Experience. He tried forming another band, the Chimeras, but committed suicide in December 1993.
Previous band names include The Moral Majority, the Psalms, Algebra Ranch, and Ten O'Clock Scholars.
The Psalms' claim to fame was opening for Billy Idol in 1983 when R.E.M. couldn't make it.
Wilson had performed with local Tempe bands, Guy Smiley and Bed Spurs.
The group played a lot of gigs as the Del Montes. This was a Traveling Wilbury-esque fake group. Supposedly they all had the same mother, but different fathers. They invented this pseudonym to play gigs with Richard Taylor who had been a member of the group, but he was on probation. Playing under this name made it less likely the cops would see him breaking probation.
In 1989, they were named the best unsigned band in the United States by College Music Journal.
Follow You Down
Congratulations… I'm Sorry
Did you see the sky?
I think it means that we've been lost
Maybe one last time is all we need
I can't really help it
If my tongue's all tied in knots
Jumping off a bridge is just the farthest
That I've ever been
1-Anywhere you go, I'll follow you down
Anyplace but those I know by heart
Anywhere you go, I'll follow you down
I'll follow you down, but not that far
I know we're headed somewhere
I can see how far we've come
But still I can't remember anything
Let's not do the wrong thing
And I'll swear it might be fun
It's a long way down
When all the knots we've tied have come undone
How you gonna ever find your place
Running in an artificial pace
Are they gonna find us lying face down in the sand
So what the hell now we've already been forever damned
Found Out About You
Till I Hear if From You
Empire Records OTS
I didn't ask, they shouldn't have told me
At first I laughed but now
It's sinking in fast, whatever they sold me
1-I don't wanna take advice from fools
I'll just figure everything is cool
Til I hear it from you
It gets hard, when memory's faded
And who gets what the say
It's likely they're, just jealous and jaded
Til I hear it from you
I can't let it get me off
Break up my train of thought
As far as I know nothing's wrong
Until I hear it from you
Still thinking about not living without it
Outside looking in, till we're talking about
Not stepping around it
Til I hear it from you...