A-Z, 1-2-3: Jimmy Eat World

Posted: 19th November 2010 by ed in Blogs, Ed

I am going to be upfront about this; I was late to the Jimmy Eat World party.  Not extremely late mind you, but late enough that I can’t claim Static Prevails or Clarity as the record that made me fall in love with this band.  My first real exposure came with Bleed American in 2001.  Since I was the music director of my college radio station (WVCW!) I was lucky enough to get a promo EP (featuring “A Praise Chorus”, “Bleed American” and a demo of “Your House”) .  I was hooked immediately and while I waited for the full-length I made sure to scour file-sharing sites to get their back catalog.

After 9/11 the band chose to remove the title Bleed American and just referred to it as “Self-Titled”.  We were at war and I guess they got caught up in the sensitivity of that time.  Thankfully they restored the album to its proper title with the 2008 Deluxe Edition.

Do I think I am pretty cool because I have a signed copy of the original vinyl pressing framed in my home?  Yes,I do.

Lucky Denver Mint – This is one of the first older songs that I stole on the internet.  From the fantastic drum intro the chorus all the way to the drum outro I was hooked on this song from the first listen.  It sums up what Jimmy does best and that is write Pop gems.

Work – I often claim that this is a perfect song.  The best part if that Jim Adkins sings higher than guest vocalist Liz Phair.

Closer – From an EP that most people probably never heard comes on of Jimmy’s best songs.  Clocking in at 5:50 it is about 2 minutes longer than all of the band’s major hits.  It builds, it breathes and it has flanger.  What more can you ask for?

Last Christmas Since it is the holidays I figured I would leave you with the greatest Wham! cover ever.

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