Semi-Charmed Life (4:29)

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Semi-Charmed Life is Third Eye Blind’s first single off their self-titled debut album, released in 1997. It was a major hit of the 1990s, reaching number four in the U.S.,[1] number one on the Modern Rock Tracks and the Top 40 in the UK. Furthermore, it has had a pervasive cultural impact, being featured in numerous movie soundtracks. Vh1 has named the song as the 34th best song of the 90s.

Beneath a catchy, upbeat melody, with extremely fastly spoken lyrics with references to popular culture, the song contains dark lyrics about a drug user’s descent into crystal meth addiction and his implied sexual activities while trying to “want something else.”

According to lead singer Stephan Jenkins, the song was meant as a response to Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”, but from a San Francisco perspective. The style of the song reflects changes that were occurring in the San Francisco music scene, particularly a growing interest in hip-hop.

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