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Various - Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault: Jawbreaker Tribute (Cover Artwork)

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Various: Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault: Jawbreaker TributeBad Scene, Everyone's Fault: Jawbreaker Tribute (2003)
Dying Wish Records

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Contributed by: maverickScott
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Tribute records are an uphill battle from the first track. Purists of the band receiving the honors will scrutinize every note of every cover, looking for ways to dismantle popular opinion of groups involved. Fans of the bands covering the tributed group will look towards their guitar-slinging her.
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Tribute records are an uphill battle from the first track. Purists of the band receiving the honors will scrutinize every note of every cover, looking for ways to dismantle popular opinion of groups involved. Fans of the bands covering the tributed group will look towards their guitar-slinging heroes to hopefully open their eyes to a band that, by all respects, should be heard by as many people as possible. Many a high-profile tribute has been released in recent years, with records being dedicated to the Pixies, Weezer, Green Day, the Clash, and more. Unarguably, all those bands are incredibly important in the overall scheme of music, and this CD's honoree, Jawbreaker, definitely deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as those rock luminaries.

But does the record hold up?

From the purist's standpoint, it does rather well. I am a huge Jawbreaker fan and have been for a number of years, so I was rightfully concerned when I heard there would be a tribute record [this, after a previously announced Jawbreaker tribute on a different label containing such heavy hitters as Thursday, the Weakerthans, Midtown, and Further Seems Forever fell through completely]. As the lineup was unveiled, I saw many a band that I really didn't care for - Fall Out Boy, Riddlin' Kids, and Nerf Herder, among others, sent off red flags in my brain. To also see that some of my most favorite songs would be the subject of a revamp broke my heart as well - can "Jet Black" really get any better? Or "Boxcar?" As I pulled out my original copy of Dear You [worth 50 scene points!] to refamiliarize myself with some material, I shuddered at the thought of some of these songs.

Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised. The bands that worried me the most turned in the most faithful covers, it seems. Bigwig's "Ashtray Monument" and Face To Face's "Boat Dreams From The Hill" are virtually note-for-note renditions of the originals, but they go one better - I can actually understand the lyrics of the songs! Now don't get me wrong, I love/obsess over Blake Schwarzenbach as much as the next lonely, overweight indie-rocker, but the guy really never figured out how to enunciate until the end of Jawbreaker's career [it didn't help that pre-Dear You, the term "shoestring" referred to more of their recordings than the band members' foot apparel]. Shit, even the Riddlin' Kids didn't fuck up "Jinx Removing," which really made me happy. Generally, it really was a pleasant surprise to basically just get cleaned up versions of some classic tunes.

As with most tribute albums, some artists remain faithful to the original, and some venture into left field, with mixed results. Duvall turns in one of the most beautiful cover songs [by anyone, of anyone] that I've ever heard with a 6 minute rendition of "Busy." Josh Caterer is a genius, and it's nice to see one genius paying tribute to another. Sparta's "Kiss The Bottle" is weirdly acoustic, and just feels a bit too foreign and sterile [not to mention that it gets a little too Temple-of-the-Dog for me when the low-voiced guy sings along]. Lucero's cover of this song [bootlegged on MP3 for the past number of years all over the internet] is much, much better. Good Night Bad Guy's "Jet Black" is reduced to simply one guitar [and a bit of distorted drums towards the end], but the classic movie soundbites remain intact, driving the song a bit more. It's almost too atmospheric for Jawbreaker, but it's a nice way for the album to wind down.

So from the purist's standpoint, no one really majorly fucks up any of the songs on here. Now, onto the perspective of the fan of the bands doing the covering. Counterfit's "Million" is very true to the original, only playing around with the song structure ever so slightly [in a way only they could]. Thumbs up. The Reunion Show's MOOG-a-riffic sound fails them on "Unlisted Track," sounding more chaotic than poppy. The Gamits darken their sound a bit and tackle "I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both," and do it admirably well [it's obvious after listening to this compilation that a good majority of these bands really are influenced by Jawbreaker, and are not just on here for exposure]. My favorite song out of the whole batch, though, is the Æffect's version of "Boxcar." If you've ever wanted to hear Jawbreaker at your local dance club, give them this song and it will get spun until the cows come home. Hearing singer Aaron croon "You're not punk, and I'm telling everyone / save your breath, I never was one" really embodies the Æffect's outlook on music, and the song has rarely sounded sweeter. Kudos to the Florida trio for really nailing the fuck out of this song.

So as a Jawbreaker purist and as a fan of the current bands involved, I wasn't really let down in the overall performance. My two big complaints are song selection and band selection. No band was brave enough to tackle such classics as "Sister," "Sea Foam Green," "Condition: Oakland," "Accident Prone," or personal favorite "Oyster" [which would have been incredibly easy to cover in either style], it seems. As for the lineup, it has a few really big names, but mostly it's up-and-comers or bands who have more or less plateaued at their current level of popularity/name recognition. I can't believe that Jawbreaker didn't influence bigger bands of today - maybe Dying Wish didn't look hard enough? Maybe they did but those bands wanted exhorbant amounts of money? Any answer is possible. But those two minor complaints aside, the CD is rather solid from start to finish, and seems like a heartfelt tribute to the Bay Area punk trio, as opposed to an easy cash-in disc. It's worth your money if you're a purist or a fan of the lineup.

STREAMING AUDIO
Face To Face - Boat Dreams From The Hill
Bigwig - Ashtray Monument
Sparta - Kiss The Bottle
Fall Out Boy - Save Your Generation
Nerf Herder - Chesterfield King

 

 
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ozmanx (June 10, 2007)

Remember hearing that Æffect's cover before and liking it but when I went to check out their albums, they blow hard.

Anonymous (February 9, 2006)

Pretty good for a tribute album. Although I can't see what you all love about the AEffect's cover of Boxcar. I thought it was pretty obnoxious...but that's just me.

Anonymous (July 24, 2005)

Ignore the post below.

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

Jawbreaker is my favorite band, but every band on this totaly ruined all their songs, who ever decided to have a bunch of bad mall punk bands on this is a fucking moron. The only decent song is by duvall. This is an terible representation of Jawbreaker.

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

For Amusement Only's cover of Shield My Eyes is my pick of the litter.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

even adam from jawbreaker likes it

http://www.blackballrecords.com

thriceequalsgod (August 10, 2003)

wow... i suck. i thought boxcar was originaly by the ataris.... fuck me..

mcpike (August 8, 2003)

lagwagon's cover of want is really good.

Anonymous (August 7, 2003)

i love jawbreaker.

but from what i've heard of those mp3's, thumbs down.

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

i'm sure that more-well-known bands neither had the time or interest to work with such a small and relatively unknown label. i'm also sure that alot of well-known bands are not even jawbreaker fans, and that would be hipocritical to do a cover.

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

I personally liked Kill Your Idols on here.

-sickboi

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

Bracket has been in the studio for a good 3 months so the new album shouldn't be much longer...I don't understand all the Bracket bashing. They are one of the most original bands on Fat and come on guys, there are much less talented bands out there (*ahem* Somerset, Spitalfield, or whatever Scott's emo band of the moment is)

insinceredave (August 3, 2003)

Well done to all involved!

insincere dave

themuffingirl (August 3, 2003)

bracket have a new album coming? most bands i like break up. good news.

fallingtopieces (August 3, 2003)

god i love the aeffect, i cant wait for them release something new, oh yeah this jawbreaker band aint half bad either. good call on the omission of alkaline trio or even larry arms.

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

hey scott, make bracket the mp3 of the week. it'll make aubin's pick so much sweeter.

Ramo
(or the Break)

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

sparta song is pretty. They just stretched it out a tiny bit too far.

--Cos

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

bracket are VERY cool...can't wait for the new album

funkisdead (August 2, 2003)

bracket are cool.

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

No "purist" should have to review their Jawbreaker albums before writing a review. They should have been memorized YEARS ago.

OC

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

It's pretty decent. But, I really really fucking hate the Save Your Generation cover.

maverick (August 2, 2003)

As for Kill Your Idols-
They more or less play "Do You Still Hate Me?" [also one of my favorite Jawbreaker songs, wyzo] note-for-note, but their singer sounds like he's gargling gravel the whole time.

-Scott

KirbyPuckett (August 2, 2003)

Nice catch Blank El-Nino, too bad your ass got saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacked.

Maybe I'll pick this up later.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(G.I. Joe!)

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

Some guy below said KYI butchered their track. I find that hard to believe and I want a second opinion.

THAT_GUY (August 2, 2003)

I picked this up the other day at the Riddlin Kids show,and it has yet to leave my CD player.I love the Nerf Herder track and the AEffect track and the Duvall one,and a pretty much all of the others,but the band who covered "Jet Black".My favorite Jawbreaker song was reduced to almost nothing,it makes me cry.

Also,I think that they might not have looked very far for bands,cause I know that Further Seems Forever,the Weakerthans,and the Ataris all do Jawbreaker covers....

aubin (August 2, 2003)

Even though tribute albums are supposed to suck, no one told these guys. There are some amazingly good tracks on here. I disagree with Scott regarding the Sparta song, which I think is incredible - weird, definitely - but true to the spirit of the lyrics of the song.

I do agree with Scott that Duvall's track was just beautiful, clever and fun.

There were some classic Jawbreaker songs missing, but I don't think I would have been completely happy unless a tribute included pretty much every track off 24 hour revenge therapy and dear you so I forgive them.

The Fall Out Boy song, I really hated though. I skip it every time it comes on.

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

i think if its a jawabreaker tribute, it have to be alkaline trio

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

Isn't Lagwagon's cover of "Want" on this? Its by far the best cover I've ever heard and the best song Jawbreaker ever wrote.

hubitcherkokov

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

Scott you don't even like Ignorance Is Bliss? Come on...that is a classic.

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

i didn't really care for this, although the aeffect cover is really good. the songs aren't terrible, but they add nothing new. i'm probally just biased though seeing how it's my favorite band

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

the f2f song is good, but trevors voice is almost so unblake like it comes off as obviously not the songs original singer. I thought blakes enunciation was always wonderfully vague, so if you read the lyrics you and hear the song again you totally hear the words.

my only big beef is with kill your idols for butchering my favorite jawbreaker song. And the horrible covers by subpar pop-punk bands with whiny boy voices.

wyzo

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

I looked all over the last few days at about 8 different record stores, but half of them dont carry it and the other half sold out of it already. I'm hopefully picking it up tomorrow though. Good review. I really like Sparta's "Kiss The Bottle" though.

maverick (August 1, 2003)

Yes, I know I said I liked a Face To Face song, but I don't think it should count since they didn't write it.

Man, next thing you know I'll be making Bracket the MP3 of the Week...

-Scott

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