You’re Not Punk and I’m Telling Everyone: Jawbreaker January

thorns of life

Thorns of Life, 924 Gilman St., Berkeley (Jan. 31, 2009) | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/2, f6.3, ISO 400

If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, you’ve likely come across a few of my KALX playlists from the early 1990s. Ever since I’ve started posting them, I’ve been marveling at all the bands I was soooo into for what felt like a lifetime (which is, granted, roughly 12 to 24 months in teen years) yet haven’t had any urge to listen to in nearly two decades.

Jawbreaker is one such band, and it looks like Blackball Records has recently reissued the Chesterfield King EP and Bivouac LP. I first discovered them within my first few weeks of college. Although I don’t recall the depth of my fondness for them, the fact that they were the first band I played on my very first KALX radio show on March 30, 1993, is very telling (as is the Chipmunks tune I played right after them). Coincidentally, they played at 924 Gilman St. that same night. I had interviewed them earlier that month for the third issue of my zine, My Letter to the World—once at their sold-out show at the Berkeley Square and, since the batteries in my tape recorder had died, again at a mariachi-loving café in the Mission, where they told me I had a child’s finger in my purse. They were 25 or 26 years old and I thought they were so wise, so “adult.”

Shortly after, I made my first trip to Sacramento with Nathan and Mickey to see them at the Crest Theatre. I don’t remember much about that show—come to think of it, I didn’t even recall going until I saw the Angelic Upstarts at the Colonial Theatre in 2001 and had a strange sense of déjà vu—but I somehow still have a live recording from their May 3, 1993, Gilman show.

And then I went home for the summer. My mom made me take a vocational class in summer school so I chose print shop. It was held in a continuation school for the expelled, unmotivated, and/or pregnant. Together we learned how to etch glass and screenprint, although I was by far the most enthusiastic of the bunch. They were all under 18 and much more interested in asking each other when their babies were due, who the fathers were, how much weed they had left over from the weekend, who hooked up with whom, etc. At one point they even asked me about my pregnancy because they assumed I wore non-skintight clothing to hide my baby bump. I was definitely the odd person out but we shared a love for oldies music. I finished the class with a bunch of handprinted Jawbreaker shirts and stickers as well as copies of issue six of my zine.

Later that year, Nirvana asked Jawbreaker to open six shows for them, which was a huge deal within the punk community because Nirvana was a major-label superband. (People were still in a tizzy from earlier rumors that Green Day would be signing to a major label.) I asked singer/guitarist Blake if he’d keep a tour diary while on that fateful tour and let me publish it. Surprisingly, he said yes. Since I doubt no more than a handful of people ever read the thing, I’ll be posting it here soon if you’re interested [4/8/14: here it is].

(Incidentally, in case you’re in awe of my ability to remember 1993 in such chronological detail, I’ll admit that I had to dig up copies of my zine, which I made between 1993 and 2001. You probably know some folks who can recall with frightening clarity what they wore on their first day of third grade and what they ate last Tuesday. I’m definitely not one of them, so I’m glad to have a record of that period of my life.)

Speaking of Jawbreaker, exactly four years ago today (really?! It seemed so much more recent than that!), I saw Thorns of Life, one of Blake’s projects, at Gilman when they passed through town. It was a trip seeing him on stage again—and Aaron Cometbus and former Gr’ups Daniella, for that matter. Did I break out and listen to all my Jawbreaker records afterwards? Nope, still no interest. But I did finally, recently, play their records for myself. Surprisingly, only a couple of songs really stood out (“Want,” “Busy,” “Chesterfield King,” “Sleep”; most of 24-Hour Revenge Therapy) and I wasn’t hit with crushing nostalgia like I feared. In fact, the songs no longer spoke to me like they did 20 years ago, which makes sense since I’m a different person now.

Here are my playlists from January 1994, the month Jawbreaker’s 24-Hour Revenge Therapy came out, judging by all the exclamation points on my playlist. In hindsight, I should’ve waited to start posting my playlists this year so that they’d be exactly 20 years old, but I had no idea I’d still be blogging, and I can’t predict that I’ll still be blogging a year from now. So enjoy, and thanks for stopping by.

3/30/93 playlist: jawbreaker

Jawbreaker!!! (1/25/94 playlist) | Canon 5DM3, 100mm, 1/125, f2.8, ISO 800

* = feature play
$ = request

1/09/94: SUNDAY 3:30-6am

* JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – Here We Are Nowhere
* THE CLASH – First Night Back in London
BEASTIE BOYS – No Sleep ’til Brooklyn
POSTER CHILDREN – Hollywood
CRASS – Nagasaki Nightmare

MILES DAVIS – Dear Old Stockholm
AFI – Born in the U.S. of A
* OUTSIDE INSIDE – North Hollywood
OPERATION IVY – Hoboken

RED ALERT – In Britain
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES – Hong Kong Garden
THE SUBHUMANS – Let’s Go Down to Hollywood (and Shoot People)
SHAM 69 – Borstal Breakout
MUSIC MAN soundtrack – Gary, Indiana

MERLE HAGGARD – Okie from Muskogee
GREEN DAY – Going to Pasalacqua
NAKED RAYGUN – Only in America
* WYNONA RIDERS – Kids in America
MUPPET MOVIE soundtrack – America

CAPITALIST CASUALTIES – My Dad Kills for the USA
X – Los Angeles
THE ADOLESCENTS – LA Girl
THE FASTBACKS – In America
* BIG BLACK – Jordan, Minnesota

JAWBREAKER – P.S. New York Is Burning
THE MOB – N.Y. Slam
JUDGE – New York Crew
PUSSY GALORE – NYC: 1999
FRED ASTAIRE – Bojangles of Harlem

FRANK SINATRA – Chicago
SCREECHING WEASEL – This Ain’t Hawaii
* SILKWORM – Pearl Harbour
HARRY CONNICK, JR. – On the Atcheson, Topeka & the Santa Fe
THE RAMONES – This Ain’t Havana

* ROYAL TRUX – Cleveland
BOB WILLS – Take Me Back to Tulsa
J-CHURCH – Panama
THE INSANE – El Salvador
THE CHAMELEONS – Intrigue in Tangiers

MY FAIR LADY soundtrack – The Rain in Spain
BLATZ – Berkeley Is My Baby
* THEE STASH – We’re Selling Jeans for the USA
NATION OF ULYSSES – You’re My Miss Washington, D.C.
BAD BRAINS – Banned in D.C.

* THE POGUES – The Girl from the Wadi Hammamat
NINA HAGEN – New York, New York
TOY DOLLS – She Goes to Finos
* CHELSEA – Weirdos in Wonderland

1/11/94: TUESDAY 9am-12pm

THE UNDERTONES – More Songs about Chocolate and Girls
THE WHO – Pictures of Lily
MARLENE DIETRICH – Lili Marlene
MARY POPPINS soundtrack – Jolly Holiday
ALL – Mary

THE ASSOCIATION – Along Comes Mary
$ JIMI HENDRIX – Wind Cries Mary
SONIC YOUTH/CYPRESS HILL – I Love You Mary Jane
WEST SIDE STORY soundtrack – Maria
* LES THUGS – (Maria Cries in Lima)

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Lucy
TV’S GREATEST HITS compilation – I Love Lucy
* CHRIS VON SNEIDERN – Anna Lisa
* KIDS FROM TEXAS – Long-Legged Linda
JAWBREAKER – Caroline

COCTEAU TWINS – Carolyn’s Fingers
* US3 – Cantaloop
TV’S GREATEST HITS compilation – Patty Duke
TV’S GREATEST HITS compilation – Gidget

GIGI soundtrack – Gigi
DAVE EDMUNDS – Deborah
THE QUEERS – Debra Jean
GREEN DAY – Christie Road
THE RAMONES – Suzy Is a Headbanger

TONY BENNETT – Have You Met Miss Jones
THE CLASH – Janie Jones
* FITZ OF DEPRESSION – Jenny/867-5309
FUZZBOX – Jackie
JESUS & MARY CHAIN – Taste of Cindy
VELVET UNDERGROUND – Candy Says

ANGEL & THE RERUNS – Buffy Come Back
* THE PONCHERELLAS – Ode to Amy (Fischer)
VELOCITY GIRL – Audrey’s Eyes
TALULAH GOSH – Talulah Gosh
THE VANDALS – The Day Farrah Fawcett Died

* VERONICA LAKE – Emma Maybe
*$ HEAVENLY – Hearts & Crosses
THE MISFITS – Vampira
ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT – Don’t Darlene

SECOND STORY WINDOW – Abigail
THE HOLLIES – Carrie Ann
SUICIDE – Cheree
MR. T EXPERIENCE – Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret

TOY DOLLS – Glenda the Test Tube Baby
THE REPLACEMENTS – Cruella DeVille
$ U.X.A. – Sister Godfrieda
$ RAOOUL – Anna Joy
X – Johnny Hit and Run Pauline

FANG – Lolita
THE KINKS – Victoria
THE VIBRATORS – Judy Says (Knock You in the Head)
$ THE DESCENDENTS – Wendy

JUDY GARLAND & LIZA MINNELLI – Hello Dolly
KING MISSILE – Muffy
BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS – Corrine Corrina
FRANKIE ERVIN – Wilhelmina
TV’S GREATEST HITS compilation – Josie & the Pussycats

1/18/94: TUESDAY 1-5am

THE WAITRESSES – I Know What Boys Like
THE UNDERTONES – Boys Will Be Boys
JOSIE COTTON – Johnny Are You Queer?
SHIRLEY BASSEY – Johnny One Note/Shadow of Your Smile
* FLYING TESTICLE – Johnny Guitar
X – Johnny Hit and Run Pauline

* DAVID BOWIE – John, I’m Only Dancing
BAUHAUS – Telegram Sam
PINK FLOYD – Lucifer Sam
SUICIDE – Frankie (Teardrop)

CRINGER – Ed’s Song
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN soundtrack – Moses
* ICONOCLAST – In Adam’s Fall
* CARTER FAMILY – God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign
BAD BRAINS – Joshua’s Song
CHRIST ON PARADE – Joshua Brown
* FIRST 5 THRU – Isaac

DEAD BOYS – Son of Sam
TOM WAITS – Hang on St. Christopher
OLIVER soundtrack – Oliver
TONI BASIL – Mickey
THE NE’ERDOWELLS – Where’s Mickey

BOW WOW WOW – Mickey, Put It Down
NUISANCE – Guitar Joe
HARRY CONNICK, JR. – Joe Avery’s Piece
* AVAIL – Mr. Morgan
TV TOONS – Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood

DICK DALE & HIS DELTONES – Mr. Eliminator
* MR. BLOBBY – Mr. Blobby
JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – Mr. Norris
THE CLASH – Rudie Can’t Fail
THE JAM – Billy Hunt

SPACEMEN 3 – Billy Whiz/Blue I
$ HOUSE OF PAIN – Danny Boy, Danny Boy
THE RAMONES – Danny Says
JUDY GARLAND – Danny Boy
VINCE GUARALDI – Boy Named Charlie Brown

ZERO BOYS – Charlie’s Place
BLATZ – Chuck
AFI – Rizzo in the Box
* APOCALYPSE HOBOKEN – Brett
GROVER – Grover Takes a Walk
KING MISSILE – The Story of Willy
WARLOCK PINCHERS – Where the Hell Is Crispin Glover

TELEVISION PERSONALITIES – Salvador Dali’s Garden Party
* MR. T EXPERIENCE – Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend
STIKKY – I Love Fonzie
* SCREECHING WEASEL – Peter Brady
* NO EMPATHY – Ben Weasel Don’t Like It

* AMERICAN LESION – Morrissey Is a Wimp
* BUCK-O-9 – (I Don’t Wanna Be No) Jon Bon Jovi
* OFFICIAL HOOLIGANS – Darby Crash
* NEW RADIANT STORM KING – Indiana Jones
GREEN DAY – Who Wrote Holden Caulfield

BEASTIE BOYS – Paul Revere
$ CYPRESS HILL – What Go Around, Come Around, Kid
NEWCLEUS – Jam on It
* LUCY SHOW – A Million Things
THE MEICES – Alex Put Something in His Pocket
JESUS & MARY CHAIN – Everything’s Alright When You’re Down

VELVET UNDERGROUND – Andy’s Chest
THE PASTELS – If I Could Tell You
BLACK FLAG – Louie Louie
* GUNS & ROSES – New Rose
THE MEATMEN – One Down Three to Go

* THEE STASH – Should I Suck or Should I Blow?
THEE HEADCOATEES – Melvin
TALULAH GOSH – My World’s Ending with You
HEAVENLY – So?
ETTA JAMES – Strange Things Happen

GBH – Valley of Death
DISCHARGE – Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing
BLITZ – I Don’t Need You
CIRCLE JERKS – Operation
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Jack the Ripper

THE BRIGADES – Ready Ready Go Punk Rockers
FEAR – Let’s Have a War
THE GERMS – Manimal
NECRACEDIA – Suburban Death Machine
TOY DOLLS – Neville Is a Nerd
PUSSY GALORE – Wait a Minute
* ROYAL TRUX – Cleveland

1/25/94: TUESDAY 1-3:30am

* GUNS & ROSES – New Rose
THE DAMNED – Smash It Up
EATER – No Brains
CHRIS CONNELLY – The Amorous Humphrey Plugg
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Lucy

VELVET UNDERGROUND – After Hours (live)
JESUS & MARY CHAIN – Some Candy Talking
MEAT WHIPLASH – Don’t Slip Up
* THE RAMONES – Have You Ever Seen the Rain
* NO EMPATHY – They Want Whatever
* SCREECHING WEASEL – Chicago

* JAWBREAKER!!! – Boat Dreams from the Hill!!!
* RHYTHM COLLISION – Cheers
MUPPET MOVIE soundtrack – Rainbow Connection
GROVER – Question Song
MY FAIR LADY soundtrack – Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?

THE DOUGHBOYS – Why She’s a Girl from the Chainstore
THE BUZZCOCKS – Fast Cars
COCK SPARRER – Droogs Don’t Run
THE REZILLOS – Someone’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In
PPI – Pop Sida

* VOODOO GLOW SKULLS – Dogpile
CULTURE SHOCK – Catching Flies
CITIZEN FISH – Chili Pain
THE SUBHUMANS – Forget
U.K. SUBS – Tomorrow’s Girls
SUBWAY SECT – Nobody’s Scared

$ NOFX – Kill All the White Men
* TONY BENNETT – Top Hat, White Tie & Tails
GAY PUREE soundtrack – Mewsette
HARRY CONNICK, JR. – Recipe for Love
THE CAVEDOGS – What’s New Pussycat?

* AVAIL – Connection
* CURRENT – Key
ICONOCLAST – I Like You Less Than Apple Pie
* NATIVE NORD – Bread

TALULAH GOSH – Steaming Train
HEAVENLY – I Fell in Love Last Night
THE PASTELS – Sit on It Mother
SUICIDE – Cheree
* STEREOLAB – Tempter

PUSSY GALORE – Lil’ Red Rooster
* ROYAL TRUX – Back to School
AGNOSTIC FRONT – Victim in Pain
GRIMPLE – All Grown Up
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S soundtrack – Moon River

* FLYING TESTICLE – Johnny Guitar
JUDY LONDON – Cry Me a River
JUDY GARLAND – Just a Memory
THE SLITS – Love & Romance

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4 responses to “You’re Not Punk and I’m Telling Everyone: Jawbreaker January

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  2. Ian

    Did you post the diary?

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