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"Gin Blossoms? I thought that guy committed suicide or something. And you can quote me on that."

I'm fascinated with the '90s. Yet I somehow missed this bit of sad, flannel-waisted news. To my chagrin, yes, Gambit's first banana music guru Napoleon Bonaparte Pais is right. Blossoms' guitarist Doug Hopkins, who penned hits like "Hey Jealousy" and "Found Out About You," died Dec. 4, 1993 following label pressures and his firing from the band. Nevertheless, the band soldiered on through the '90s to mild acclaim and plenty of airtime, and now it meets New Orleans at the Allstate Fan Fest, a two-day music, footballin' and tailgatin' preamble to Friday's Sugar Bowl.

In a year where listeners stop at nothing to worship the church of 1993 (read: Pains of Being Blah Blah Blah, Pixies and Pavement reunions, "lo-fi"), these former kings of '90s rock radio, those jangly, "alt-rocking" Arizonans, have relegated to the party circuit. Chances are if you're driver's license is horizontal, you will know the words to these songs.


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