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Congratulations I'm Sorry

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February 13, 1996

Gin Blossoms

John Hampton


Release date
13 February 1996

A&M Records

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Ardent Studios 1995, Memphis, Tennessee; Vintage Recorders, Phoenix, Arizona

Congratulations I'm Sorry (1996)
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Rock music, Alternative rock, Pop rock, Jangle pop, Power pop

Gin Blossoms albums, Rock music albums

Gin blossoms day job

Congratulations I'm Sorry (typeset as Congratulations...I'm Sorry) is the third studio album by the American power pop band Gin Blossoms, and the follow-up album to the successful 1992 release New Miserable Experience, released in 1996 by A&M records. The album was named in reference to the success of 1992's New Miserable Experience, followed so closely by the suicide of the former band member Doug Hopkins in 1993.


Reaction to Congratulations I'm Sorry was mixed, with some critics feeling that the music lay too close to the sound of the previous album. One common complaint was that most versions of the album lacked the successful 1995 single "Til I Hear It From You", from the Empire Records soundtrack; however, some editions of the album did contain the track as its final.

The album's title, according to the lead singer Robin Wilson, came from the response band members usually received from people who both wanted to congratulate the band for the success of New Miserable Experience, while then offering apologies for their friend and former band member Doug Hopkins. The album eventually reached platinum status.

Track listing

  1. "Day Job" (Scott Johnson, Bill Leen, Phillip Rhodes, Jesse Valenzuela, Robin Wilson) – 3:51
  2. "Highwire" (Wilson) – 2:24
  3. "Follow You Down" (Johnson, Leen, Rhodes, Valenzuela, Wilson) – 4:30
  4. "Not Only Numb" (Rhodes, Wilson) – 3:06
  5. "As Long as It Matters" (Rhodes, Valenzuela, Wilson) – 4:31
  6. "Perfectly Still" (Johnson, Leen) – 4:05
  7. "7th Inning Stretch" – 0:14
  8. "My Car" (Valenzuela) – 4:17
  9. "Virginia" (Valenzuela) – 4:02
  10. "Whitewash" (Leen, Wilson) – 3:19
  11. "I Can't Figure You Out" (Valenzuela) – 3:18
  12. "Memphis Time" (Johnson, Valenzuela) – 3:14
  13. "Competition Smile" (Rhodes, Wilson) – 4:47
  14. "Til I Hear It from You" (bonus track) (Valenzuela, Wilson, Marshall Crenshaw) – 3:47

There is a hidden track following "Til I Hear It from You".

Excluded songs

Among tracks excluded from the album are "Seeing Stars", a song written by the lead singer Robin Wilson about the band's ex-lead guitarist Doug Hopkins, and the 1995 hit "Til I Hear It from You". The latter was released as a single (although it is included on the international edition of the album) and can be found on the soundtrack of the movie Empire Records, while the former was included as a B-side on the "Follow You Down" single, along with Wilson's "Idiot Summer" from the soundtrack of Wayne's World 2.


People magazine called the album "a quick fix for any dark mood", continuing, "the songs are so upbeat they almost conjure sunny summer afternoons."

Chart performance

Album - Billboard (North America)

Singles - Billboard (North America)


Gin Blossoms

  • Scott Johnson - guitar, background vocals
  • Bill Leen - bass guitar, background vocals
  • Phillip Rhodes - percussion, drums, background vocals
  • Jesse Valenzuela - guitar, vocals
  • Robin Wilson - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Additional personnel

  • Art Neville - Hammond organ
  • Rick Steff - accordion
  • Robbie Turner - pedal steel guitar
  • Production

  • Producers: Gin Blossoms, John Hampton
  • Engineers: Erik Flettrich, John Hampton, Billy Siegle
  • Assistant engineer: Billy Moss
  • Mixing: John Hampton
  • Mastering: Dave Collins
  • Pre-production: Billy Siegle
  • Direction: Bill Graham
  • Art direction: Robin Wilson
  • Design: Karen Walker, Robin Wilson
  • Photography: Danny Clinch, Robin Wilson
  • Cover photo: Robin Wilson
  • Songs

    1Day Job3:51
    3Follow You Down4:30


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