Robin Wilson (musician)

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Robin Wilson
Background information
Born (1965-07-12) July 12, 1965 (age 54)
Detroit, Michigan
Occupation(s)Musician, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1988–present
Associated acts Gin Blossoms, Gas Giants

Robin Wilson (born July 12, 1965) is an American musician, most notable for his work as the lead vocalist of the rock band Gin Blossoms. He has stepped in as occasional lead singer for The Smithereens.

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Gin Blossoms American alternative rock band

Gin Blossoms is an American rock band formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona. They rose to prominence following the 1992 release of their first major label album, New Miserable Experience, and the first single released from that album, "Hey Jealousy". "Hey Jealousy" became a Top 25 hit and went gold, and New Miserable Experience eventually went quadruple platinum; four other charting singles were released from the album. The band's follow-up album, Congratulations I'm Sorry (1996), went platinum and the single "As Long as It Matters" was nominated for a Grammy Award. Gin Blossoms broke up in 1997. Since reuniting in 2001, the band has released Major Lodge Victory in 2006, No Chocolate Cake in 2010, and Mixed Reality in 2018.

The Smithereens American rock band

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Wilson performing with the Gin Blossoms in 2018 2018RobinWilsonTamborine.jpg
Wilson performing with the Gin Blossoms in 2018

Wilson replaced Richard Taylor as guitarist of Gin Blossoms in 1988, but switched places early on with vocalist Jesse Valenzuela. He remained a member of the band until their breakup in 1997, during which time the band came out with two albums. [1] Their hit debut album New Miserable Experience went quadruple platinum [2] and featured singles "Hey Jealousy", "Found Out About You", "Mrs. Rita", "Until I Fall Away", and Wilson's "Allison Road". Their next album, Congratulations I'm Sorry , which went platinum, [1] featured singles "Follow You Down", "As Long as it Matters", "Not Only Numb", and "Day Job", as well as Wilson's "Highwire". After the breakup of Gin Blossoms, Wilson was the lead vocalist and songwriter for the band Gas Giants, [3] which also included guitarist Dan Henzerling and former Gin Blossoms drummer Phil Rhodes. He also contributed vocals for The Longshadows album Simple Minded Way. [4]

Jesse Valenzuela American rock musician and singer

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<i>New Miserable Experience</i> 1992 studio album by Gin Blossoms

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Hey Jealousy single by Gin Blossoms

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Wilson runs his own studio (Uranus Recording in Tempe, Arizona), which he opened in 1994. [5] When the Gin Blossoms reunited in 2002, Wilson began touring with the band [6] as well as recording the album, Major Lodge Victory, that was released on August 8, 2006 and featured singles "Learning the Hard Way" and "Long Time Gone". [5]

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Learning the Hard Way 2006 single by Gin Blossoms

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