Jawbox - For Your Own Special Sweetheart

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Why is this record so underappreciated on ILM? I was going to do a 'Classic or Dud' thread but FYOSS so obviously classic that there's no point asking the question. Or am I wrong?

I wrote about it here:


yugi ex, Thursday, 31 October 2013 14:41 (five years ago) link

ok, I'll take the bait and say that I do indeed love this album although I like their s/t follow-up even more.

Moodles, Thursday, 31 October 2013 15:20 (five years ago) link

What Moodles said. Don't really know the first two albums except the songs Static (which is also very great), but I really love FYOSW en the selftitled one.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Thursday, 31 October 2013 19:15 (five years ago) link

love this album

Wendy Carlos Williams (jjjusten), Thursday, 31 October 2013 20:46 (five years ago) link

So, what stopped it being huge? Genuine question, it seemed to me to tick all the boxes at the time...and it still sounds great today!

yugi ex, Thursday, 31 October 2013 20:50 (five years ago) link

plus beavis liked savory

mookieproof, Thursday, 31 October 2013 20:52 (five years ago) link

not sure how to respond, at least in my neck of the woods the album was a pretty big deal, but maybe that was a more localized thing than i think

Wendy Carlos Williams (jjjusten), Thursday, 31 October 2013 21:01 (five years ago) link

I could see it being too harsh and dissonant to become a big hit

Moodles, Thursday, 31 October 2013 21:19 (five years ago) link

It may have been a pretty big deal but I bet it didn't outsell Nevermind, Doolittle or Repeater!

yugi ex, Thursday, 31 October 2013 21:20 (five years ago) link

"68" is such a jam - it's kinda crazy in retrospect that it was only a b-side

nothing against this record but i think i actually like the first burning airlines record more

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 31 October 2013 22:18 (five years ago) link

otm about 68

mookieproof, Thursday, 31 October 2013 22:25 (five years ago) link

when is indie rock fashion gonna come back around to this shit

j., Thursday, 31 October 2013 23:37 (five years ago) link

you would say that, wouldn't you - ROBBINS

bentelec, Friday, 1 November 2013 00:03 (five years ago) link

you know what's a nice obscurity from around this time? that rollkicker laydown single

bentelec, Friday, 1 November 2013 00:05 (five years ago) link

Nice indeed. That reminds me to buy the digital version. Saw that on Spotify, along with a bunch of DeSoto singles (and the Dischord "Jackpot Plus!"/"Motorist" single), and thought WAIT A MINUTE.

Andy K, Friday, 1 November 2013 01:08 (five years ago) link

I got an advance cassette of the album at work and drove home in a blinding snowstorm while listening to it. What a charge.

Andy K, Friday, 1 November 2013 01:11 (five years ago) link

Count me in for utter love of this album, it really is the high point of this strain of indie.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 1 November 2013 02:26 (five years ago) link

'Reel' always raises the hairs on the back of my neck.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Friday, 1 November 2013 13:01 (five years ago) link

also bears mentioning that the remaster REALLY did wonders for this record

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Friday, 1 November 2013 15:35 (five years ago) link

still haven't heard it :(

Moodles, Friday, 1 November 2013 15:36 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

Nice, will be there

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 14 January 2019 15:18 (seven months ago) link

hell yeah

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 14 January 2019 15:26 (seven months ago) link


call all destroyer, Monday, 14 January 2019 15:29 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

too harsh and dissonant

i think bands like this, who i loved, were part of why i went off indie rock as the 00s went on and it seemed like nobody was heavy and noisy anymore

j., Sunday, 10 February 2019 01:33 (six months ago) link

They were heavy, noisy, and very dissonant, but always in a way that was interesting and melodic, instead of just harsh.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 10 February 2019 01:53 (six months ago) link

25 years ago the Jesus Lizard was “indie rock”. Unsane were on Matador.

Master of Treacle, Sunday, 10 February 2019 05:42 (six months ago) link

four months pass...


solo album

j., Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:40 (one month ago) link

they're kicking ass on tour btw

call all destroyer, Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:53 (one month ago) link

Just saw them in bk recently myself

Evan, Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:54 (one month ago) link

Seeing them in a few weeks

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 29 June 2019 04:53 (one month ago) link

Just saw them Friday night in DC. The vocals were too low in the mix for me. I like Jawbox at their most tuneful and melodic, but the show I saw was all about the guitars ( which I like in doses but got formulaic at times). Bass player Kim C was fun to watch— arm movements, body twisting, big smile at times; contrasted with the guys nicely

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 July 2019 18:54 (one month ago) link

when you examined the wreck, what did you see?

mookieproof, Monday, 1 July 2019 19:44 (one month ago) link

huh mookie?

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 02:31 (one month ago) link

Glass everywhere and wheels still spinning free

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 03:04 (one month ago) link

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In which he trusts

Andy K, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 03:21 (one month ago) link

x-post-- Oh yeah "Motorist"

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 03:30 (one month ago) link

thanks Andy. i still revisit this album on the regular and that is what i will hear every time now.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 16:18 (one month ago) link

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