To the delight of much of the Fairfield University population, Third Eye Blind will perform at Alumni Hall on April 24.

For those of you who aren’t as excited, relax. Come on, it’s not so bad now, is it? Third Eye Blind was popular when most of us were in middle school. Then again, so was Hanson. We could’ve picked THEM for the spring concert. Feel better? Good.

The four-man-band from San Francisco will be stepping onto the geese droppings…I mean freshly mowed lawns…of this campus for the annual FUSA-sponsored spring concert.

Third Eye Blind, the rock band famous for 1997’s “Semi-Charmed Life” and 1998’s “Jumper” (at least they’ve HAD hits…) got their start after hours of practice in a Chinatown warehouse in the mid-90’s. With frontman Stephan Jenkins, guitarist Kevin Cadogan, bassist Arion Salazar and drummer Brad Hargreaves, Third Eye Blind jumped to the top of the charts.

Then there was the battle of the boy-bands, and Third Eye Blind was kicked off the charts by the Backstreet Boys, N*Sync, 98°, and O-Town, bringing to an end the era where semi-decent music topped the charts instead of sugary pop.

When 12-year-olds dictate what dominates the air waves, they’ll pick people who sing about things that don’t go over their heads. The lyrics of sugary pop, like “I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family” make more sense to a teeny-bopper than Jumper’s “I wish you would step back from that ledge, my friend.”

We still listen to the music popular in 1998 because we still love it. How many of us own the Dave Matthews Band album “Before these Crowded Streets” or Matchbox 20’s “Yourself or Someone Like You”?

What’s more is that we’re not embarrassed to listen to them either, unlike those of us who (gasp!) have a Spice Girls CD tucked away in our dorm.

It’s these songs that are going be on the oldies stations when we’re 50. Our kids will steal our CDs like we steal our parents records, and they’ll be jealous that we got to see Third Eye Blind in concert.

Last year we complained about getting Howie Day, whom none of us had heard of, or have heard of since, while Bucknell and York colleges had Third Eye Blind for their Spring Concerts.

Now we have them. Hello? What’s the problem?

Tickets go on sale this week in the BCC. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for others.

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