San Francisco Magazine
Page: cover and pg. 88-89
The World According to Stephan Jenkins
Aug 31, 2001 10:40pm PT
Third Eye Blind can't get no respect. And that drives frontman Stephan Jenkins crazy. After all, since 1997, when the bouncy "Semi-Charmed Life" became a smash hit, the group, which has produced two albums, has been one of San Francisco's most popular exports. Tiger Woods, for one, calls Third Eye Blind his favorite band. And in April, Third Eye Blind played at Woods' charity benefit at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Jenkins' problem is that the bigger his celebrity grows-- he's dated actress Charlize Theron and is about to appear in a new film, Rock Star, with Mark Wahlberg-- the more his street credibility vanishes. And without "cred," goes the standard wisdom in the rock world, you, well, suck. In person at his new recording studio in the city, Jenkins is tall and self-possessed; his eyes, courtesy of either the genetic jackpot or Bausch & Lomb, are impossibly green. The singer has the ego of a real rock star. And what's wrong with that?
On Third Eye Blind:
On Selling Out:
On the Local Scene:
I made music to make my own world. I didn't make it to create borders and exclude others-- which is what having cred is all about.
On the Invisibl Skratch Piklz:
Qbert is the Dalai Lama of scratching. And their recognition is coming. But then what will happen to their cred? Oh no! Fuck you, cred motherfuckers.
-- Sheerly Avni