Jawbox Revisits/Expands “Sweetheart”

 

For Your Own Special
Sweetheart arrives on CD and vinyl Nov. 24.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Seminal
DC post-punk band Jawbox will
reissue their consummate release, For Your Own Special Sweetheart, on
November 24th. The album, which was originally released on Atlantic Records in
1994, sees the band returning to their roots at the renowned Dischord Records
as well as their own DeSoto label, which will work together to release this
reissue.  Jawbox was one of
the cornerstones of the pivotal DIY punk label, in good company with bands such
as Fugazi, Minor Threat, Rites of Spring and Shudder To Think.  

With
the help of Dischord and engineer Bob Weston (Pixies, Jawbox, and member of
Shellac), For Your Own Special Sweetheart is meticulously remastered and
will be re-released on both CD and vinyl.   And, according to bass
player, Kim Coletta, “it just sounds a whole lot better.” The
collection will include the entire original song line-up along with three
additional tracks that appeared on the Savory +3 EP released by Atlantic in 1994.  The vinyl version will include a
coupon redeemable for free digital download of all songs including the bonus
tracks.  

Of For Your Own Special Sweetheart, Pitchfork Media raved, “it’s
one of the greatest slabs of angular guitar throb that the District of Columbia produced during the
90s, which is saying something.” They called single “Savory”
“the weirdly sexy guitar tangle that remained a cool-kid mixtape staple
for at least a decade.”  

Jawbox arose from the primordial
pond of DC’s raucous, vibrant underground in 1989, bringing with them a loud,
fast and spirited brand of punk rock that brought zealous fans into the pit in
droves.  Jawbox played
their first show opening for Fugazi in 1989; For Your Own Special Sweetheart recalls the latter’s hardcore leanings.  After two releases on Dischord
they captured the attention of Atlantic Records, with whom they released For
Your Own Special Sweetheart,
widely considered to showcase the band at its
peak.  The combination of heavy rhythms, guitar-driven soundscapes and
hooky melodies both hark back to and distinguish the band from their roots
among Dischord’s finest underground offerings, the boundaries of which they
constantly pushed.  

Jawbox is J. Robbins (guitar,
vocals,) Kim Coletta (bass,) Bill Barbot (guitar) and Zach Barocas (drums.)
 

Track Listing:

1.    FF=66
2.    Savory
3.    Breathe
4.    Motorist
5.    LS/MFT
6.    Cooling Card
7.    Green Glass
8.    Cruel Swing
9.    Jackpot Plus!
10.  Chicago
Piano
11.  Reel
12.  U-Trau
13.  Whitney Walks
14.  L’il Shaver*
15.  68*
16.  Sound On Sound*

(* = tracks not on original release)

 

 

 

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