Why We Fight

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love -- or at least respect -- Third Eye Blind

According to Gotland, a complete version of the song will be released sometime early next year as part of an eight-song EP on the band's as-yet-unnamed label. "The song is very controversial," he says, "and the danger was that the album Blue could have been all about this song." He adds: "What's actually good about this is that Time Warner [Elektra's parent company] didn't run from the issue. They could've not let us release it at all. Now we can release it ourselves, make our own album that's vibey and cool."

"The tumult that that song has caused is a sign that we're on the right track," Jenkins told Rollingstone.com. Uh, no. Compromising a statement you believe in (the band submitted the song with full lyrics to the label, so presumably its members believed in it) because the higher-ups say you have to is a lot of things, but not "the right track," not ever. The new version isn't an "edit." It's a hack job. And either Jenkins is comfortable with having his art manhandled and eviscerated in order to better serve the interests of the company to which he has contracted, or he's just spinning to the media.

Third Eye Blind: San Francisco's most improved rock band.
Third Eye Blind: San Francisco's most improved rock band.
The lyrics to "Slow Motion" as they appeared in the band's 1996 press materials.
The lyrics to "Slow Motion" as they appeared in the band's 1996 press materials.

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Third Eye Blind
"Never Let You Go"
(excerpt)

Third Eye Blind
"The Background"
(excerpt)

Third Eye Blind
"Anything"
(excerpt)

Third Eye Blind
"10 Days Late"
(excerpt)

Third Eye Blind
"Slow Motion"
(excerpt)

"Weird Al" Yankovic
"Polka Power!" [semi-charmed life]
(excerpt)

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