Occupy the Pop Charts: Five Reasons Why We Like Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins

Yesterday, San Francisco's own Third Eye Blind released “If There Ever Was a Time,” a new song in support of Occupy Wall Street. Penned by frontman Stephan Jenkins, the song's lyrics are a cheery encouragement for young people to go down to the Occupy camps and take their country back from the greedy assholes who basically run it. Far from stark or gloom, the song has an upbeat, breezy feel — more like a pre-party soundtrack than a call to occasionally violent, controversial political rebellion. But you know what? We're cool with that. Listening to the song makes us remember that Jenkins — who's now recording Third Eye Blind's fifth album — is a smart guy and a solid songwriter. (He's also long been politically active in antipoverty and other political issues, so it's not like Occupy Wall Street is unfamiliar territory for him.)

In fact, listening to this new song reminds us that we really like the guy! Why? Let us list five of the ways:

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