Hey everyone, I hope you’ve been having a great week!
If you don’t know, one of my favorite bands of all time is Jimmy Eat World, and next Friday they’re releasing their newest album “Surviving”!
Super exciting stuff!
One reason I love Jimmy Eat World is because they like to change up their sound and experiment with it, so you never know quite what you’re going to get when they release a new album. It helps keep things fresh and exciting, but it also means that there are a fair amount of their songs that I don’t vibe with. It’s all good though, since music is about personal taste and all that good stuff.
In honor of their new release, I want to talk about their albums, for the next week, each post is going to be dedicated to an album of theirs. I’ll list some of my favorite songs from the album, and a little background about when I first heard the album and other fun facts I learned about the specific album.
Now that you know what’s up, sit back, relax and enjoy the music!
Jimmy Eat World (1994)
It was in Mesa, Arizona, during 1993, when Jimmy Eat World first came to fruition, with Jim Adkins on guitar, Zach Lind on drums, Tom Linton doing both vocals and guitar, and Mitch Porter as their bassist.The band released their self titled album, Jimmy Eat World, on January 23, 1994.
Their self titled album is currently out of print, but luckily, is on Youtube. As I haven’t spent as much time listening to this album, I don’t have any personal stories behind it, but this was the beginning of Jimmy Eat World, and should be included in this list.
Fun Fact: The album cover is an old picture of Tom Linton’s younger brothers, Jim and Ed, who were the inspiration behind the band’s name. The two brothers fought frequently, with Jim being the usual winner, and for revenge, Ed got his crayons out and drew a picture of Jim shoving the world into his mouth. He added the caption “Jimmy eat world” to the picture.
Static Prevails (1996)
Static Prevails is Jimmy Eat World’s second studio album, but their first album with Capitol Records. The album reception wasn’t great, as was written in Allmusic,
“…What Static Prevails essentially lacks is the songwriting maturity that Jimmy Eat World could have perfected; but it’s almost as if the studio heads at Capitol wouldn’t let them so that there would be more room for radio-friendly pop songs. In the end, nobody won.”
I’ve seen comments here and there about Static Prevails being an underrated album, and though I wouldn’t say it’s their best album, there were some great tracks on it. I was in high school when I first listened to it, and very much into more fast paced, rock music. I also loved when songs were “edgy” and sounded “angry”, because, in all honesty, it made me feel cooler. 🤣 The songs are still solid songs, and I think the lyrics demonstrate Jimmy Eat World’s greatness, but they definitely don’t hit me the same as when I was growing up and getting ready to leave high school.
Those are a few reasons why I like the following songs on this album, but there were plenty that I wasn’t as big of a fan of. However, after listening to it recently, I liked “Call it in the Air” and “Episode IV” more so than I did previously.
On that note, my favorite songs from the Static Prevails are:
- “Thinking, That’s All”
- “Robot Factory”
As I said, these are only a few of my favorite songs from this album. If you want to listen to the whole album cohesively, and form your own opinions, here’s the playlist from Jimmy Eat World’s Youtube:
Alright, that’s all I have for today! Thank you for reading, and I will see you tomorrow with another post!
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