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How Jawbreaker Spent a Week with Nirvana & Lost All Their Punk Rock Credibility

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My Letter to the World #8, with Blake Schwarzenbach’s floppy disk

In February 1993, Lookout Record darlings Green Day caused an uproar among punk circles when they confirmed that they’d be signing to a major label. For some, the 1994 release of Dookie on Reprise Records meant the beginning of the end of punk rock, and likely helped groups like the Offspring and Rancid find mainstream success despite their indie status at the time.

The same year that Green Day contended with accusations of selling out, San Francisco band Jawbreaker agreed to join Nirvana for six shows during their In Utero tour. Twenty years later, it seems like no big deal, but this embittered a huge clutch of their fans. As I mentioned in a post I wrote last year, I asked singer/guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach to keep a tour diary and let me publish it in my zine My Letter to the World. He handed it over to me on a floppy disk (remember those?) a few weeks after Jawbreaker returned and that issue came out on December 16, 1993. Less than four months later, Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home.

My world was microscopic in the 1990s so I actually remember where I was when Kurt’s death (and Joey Ramone’s on April 15, 2001, for that matter) was officially announced in the media: at KALX. I had finished up the 9:30am-12pm slot (playlist below) and was putting away my records when a listener called in with the news. (This was before the ubiquity of the World Wide Web, and still a time when breaking news was attained only via TV or radio.) DJ Mickey took the call and informed the KALX listeners.

It’s always sad when someone passes away, especially when it’s believed to be by his own hand. However, I can’t say I was devastated by his death, even though both Bleach and Nevermind were integral parts of my mid-to-late teenhood. Hearing songs from either album still reminds me of the bleakest, most miserable points of my life to date (which I realize is absolutely fitting and the reason to this day I can’t bear to listen to Nirvana), so perhaps I appreciate the relief he achieved through death.

Getting back to Jawbreaker, Blake stated in his piece, “It has been my official platform since last year (when major labels began expressing an interest in usoh, those foolish magnates!) to never sign to a major label. I stand firmer in this belief today than ever….” As it turns out, they’d sign to DGC Records in 1995 and release Dear You before breaking up in 1996. Here’s the tour diary in its entirety (click images for a larger view) as well as my playlist from that fateful day in April.

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How Jawbreaker Spent a Week with Nirvana & Lost All Their Punk Rock Credibility (part 1 of 3) | My Letter to the World #8

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How Jawbreaker Spent a Week with Nirvana & Lost All Their Punk Rock Credibility (part 2 of 3) | My Letter to the World #8

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How Jawbreaker Spent a Week with Nirvana & Lost All Their Punk Rock Credibility (part 3 of 3) | My Letter to the World #8

* = feature play
$ = request

4/8/94: FRIDAY 9:30am-noon

THE WHO – Pictures of Lily
* LUNA – Tiger Lily
JOHNNY COPELAND – Rock ‘n’ Roll Lily
*$ WANKIN’ TEENS – Salt Lake City Airport
ANGRY SAMOANS – Inside My Brain
EX – Jake’s Cake

*$ TOTAL CHAOS – Systems Downfall
COCKPIT – I Wanna a Man in a Skirt
3-D INVISIBLES – Wolfman on Your Tail
* GOLDENTONES – Miserlou

MEAT WHIPLASH – Losing Your Grip
JESUS & MARY CHAIN – Boyfriend’s Dead
* NILS – Scratches & Needles
ABRASIVE WHEELS – Danger Danger
TELEVISION PERSONALITIES – Brian’s Magic Car

* THE JAM – Heatwave
THE DICKS – Rich Daddy
ZANTEES – Please Give Me Something
TATTOOED CORPSES – Jack Zombie
* YOUTH BRIGADE – Punk Rock Mom

ORDER OF DECAY – Confused
SHANGRI-LAS – Leader of the Pack
TOY DOLLS – I’ll Get Even with Steven
* THE TRASHWOMEN – Space Needle

ANNISTEEN ALLEN – Fujiyama Mama
NAKED RAYGUN – Backlash Jack
THE HELLBILLYS – Bucket of Blood
BILLY NAYER SHOW – Bouncy Bouncy
D.I. – Richard Hung Himself

THE LUNACHICKS – Jan Brady
ADAM & THE ANTS – Jolly Roger
RUTH BROWN – This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’
THE REVILLOS – Do the Mutilation
LAVERNE BAKER – Hey Memphis

* CHARLES BROWN SUPERSTAR – Slut Rock
THE CRESTONES – She’s a Bad Motorcycle
THE FASTBACKS – You Can’t Be Happy
TOMMY MARTIN & THE XLs – Hoochie Coochie
* WEDDING PRESENT – Happy Birthday

THE RAMONES – Danny Says
BLITZ – Nation on Fire
INFA RIOT – Riot Riot
THE BUSINESS – Suburban Rebels

DEAD MILKMEN – Watching Scotty Die
THE 4-SKINS – Sorry
AFI – High School Football Hero
* JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – Here We Are Nowhere
MAD SOCIETY – Napalm

* AGRESSION – Rat Race
RIOT SQUAD – Friday Night Hero

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Davey Havok’s Troubles with Women

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AFI (924 Gilman Street; August 7, 1994) with Chaos U.K., M.D.C., Swingin’ Utters & Toxic Narcotic

It seems like just yesterday I was standing outside 924 Gilman Street with AFI/Blaqk Audio’s Davey Havok as he swooned over a blue-haired girl who had smiled at him, grabbing my arm to contain his excitement. Yet it also feels like several lifetimes ago. I suppose it’s hard to believe nowadays that he’d be nervous in the presence of beautiful women but, as he wrote here and here, they liked to give him grief and his apprehension was understandable.

Not long after that episode, we were in his tiny studio apartment, giggling about one of the many racy fan letters AFI received after MRR ran their first interview (issue 137). We didn’t foresee AFI’s endurance and its evergrowing legion of devoted fans. Heck, after our lives diverged sometime in the late ’90s, I had no idea they had outgrown small punk rock shows until I saw them perform again in 2003 during their Sing the Sorrows tour.

I had arrived in London with my new travel buddy Domo-Kun to conduct research for the novel I was working on at the time. It involved a walking tour that encompassed London’s historic punk and rock’n’roll venues, listening to John Peel’s show on the radio (what a thrill!), a bus tour of England’s mystical sights (Stonehenge, Glastonbury, King Arthuer’s grave, Avebury), and a walk-through of the London Astoria. One day I thumbed through Time Out and learned that not only were Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Nick Lowe playing separate sold-out shows the next evening, so was AFI.

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AFI crowd outside London Forum (June 6, 2003) | Fujifilm FinePix A101

On a whim, I headed over to the Forum the next afternoon in hopes of catching the guys once they were done with soundcheck. To my surprise, despite doors opening at 7pm, at 4:30pm there was already a long line of people waiting to get in. In addition, dozens of kids were hanging out by the side of the venue, which was apparently where the band’s dressing room overlooked.

Though I thought there was little chance the band would venture into this mob scene, I joined them and met fans from London, elsewhere in England, and even Europe. They were quite competitive with each other, detailing how long they’d been listening to the band, how many times they’d seen and met them, etc. Several times they’d rally together and chant one of the guy’s names, hoping for a response. Occasionally Dave, Jade, Adam, or Hunter would stick his head out the window and the kids would cheer. It was quite exciting, actually, and all that unbridled enthusiasm swept me back to my very first concert (Lollapalooza #1, with Siouxsie & the Banshees, NIN, Henry Rollins, Ice T, and Jane’s Addiction). At one point Dave affixed a small basket to a rope, filled it with vegan cookies, and then lowered it into the crowd, much to everyone’s delight.

Hunter, the new member of AFI at the time, came out and was immediately mobbed by autograph and photo seekers. I’d never met him before but managed to fight through the crowd and ask him to tell the others that I was in town. He obliged and eventually Dave hung out the window (cue an explosion of cheers) to look for me.

Their show turned out to be a bonafide concert, complete with an enormous stage, dazzling light show, and 2100 screaming, pulsing fans. I was awestruck, both by the audience’s fervor and the band’s performance. Their stage presence had always been energetic and spirited but it seemed to have multiplied tenfold since I last saw them a good five years prior. I recall getting goosebumps and a touch misty-eyed as I watched them work the stage and the crowd. The entire venue shook underfoot for the duration of the show. It’s times like this that I regret not being a better photojournalist, but c’est la vie.

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My Letter to the World #8; London Astoria (May 2003) | Fujifilm FinePix A101

Here’s another installment of Dave’s troubles with women, which appeared in My Letter to the World #8, published December 16, 1993 (click for a larger view). For more literary endeavors by Dave, you might want to check out his debut novel Pop Kids, which comes out today.

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“Troubles with Women” by Davey Havok, My Letter to the World #8

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February 1994: Davey Havok Is Not a Blockhead

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Low fireman’s carry | Canon 60D, 50mm, 1/2500, f1.8, ISO 100

Even though February is only two or three days shorter than other months, its end never fails to catch me off guard! I had thought I’d spread out the posting of my old KALX playlists but that requires more planning than I’m prepared to handle right now. So here are my playlists from February 1994 in one gruesome, end-of-the-month glob. The first show had me tag-teaming with Jesse Luscious and it was a bit of a hot mess, but that’s what you’d expect pairing hardcore with easy listening.

Here’s also another Davey Havok essay (click for larger view; the first one appears here), written when he was 18. I wasn’t going to post one for a while but noticed that My Letter to the World #9 was published on February 23, 1994. It seemed fitting to include in this little musical time capsule. Enjoy!

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“I’m Not a Blockhead” by Davey Havok, My Letter to the World #9

* = feature play
$ = request

2/03/94: THURSDAY 6-9am (with Jesse Luscious)

EARTHA KITT – Just an Old-Fashioned Girl
MUDHONEY – Touch Me I’m Sick
L7 – Wargasm
THE NECROS – Take’em Up
RANCID – Idle Hands

* NO EMPATHY – Fried Sausages & Okra
NECRACEDIA – Potatoes & Pancakes
WARZONE – As One
THE BUSTERS – Drinking in the Pubs

* VOODOO GLOW SKULLS – Insubordination
CULTURE SHOCK – Colour
SKANKIN’ PICKLE – Fakin’ Jamaican
ASTRUD GILBERTO – Girl from Ipanema
SAM COOKE – You Send Me
STEVIE WONDER – My Cherie Amour

D.I. – Johnny’s Got a Problem
* THE RAMONES – Somebody to Love
* GUNS ‘N’ ROSES – Down on the Farm
* SINKHOLE – Come Sail Away

THE VIBRATORS – Amphetamine Blue
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE soundtrack – Speed
AGNOSTIC FRONT – United & Strong
CRISPIN GLOVER – Daddy Is So Mean
* UNSANE – Body Bomb
TILT – Dead Bum

* JAWBREAKER – Indictment
EATER – No Brains

* MR. T EXPERIENCE – Bridge to Tabithia
THE ADVERTS – Great British Mistake
$ HEAVENLY – P.U.N.K. Girl
BIKINI GIRL – Rebel Girl

* RHYTHM COLLISION – She Drives Me Crazy
* TONY BENNETT – He Loves & She Loves
GROVER – Near & Far
GAY PUREE soundtrack – Bubbles
LES ENDIMANCHES – Jardin Potager

* THE VINDICTIVES – Call Me Irresponsible
JUDY GARLAND – Come Rain or Shine
JULIE LONDON – Cry Me a River
WORLD OF SKIN – Cry Me a River

* MR. BLOBBY – Mr. Blobby
CULTURE CLUB – I’ll Tumble for You
$ JUKE – Kids Will Rock
WYNONA RIDERS – Kids in America
AFI – High School Football Hero

THE MISFITS – I Turned into a Martian
NAKED RAYGUN – Knock Me Down
* NEW BOMB TURKS – This Place Sucks
ZERO BOYS – Human Body
THE SUBHUMANS – Get Out of My Way

* TEEN IDLES – I Drink Milk
DISCHARGE – Nightmare Continues
* AVAIL – Upward Grind

2/18/94: FRIDAY 9:30am-12pm

THE SHATNERS – I Don’t Wanna Go Downtown
* SWINGIN’ NECKBREAKERS – Workin & Jerkin
TEENAGE JESUS & THE JERKS – My Eyes
COWBOY JUNKIES – Blue Moon Revisited
SAM COOKE – Blue Moon

* LEGENDARY LUNCH – Zero Sum
* TEEN IDLES – Too Young to Rock
NECRACEDIA – Suburban Death Machine
* THE RIP OFFS – Now I Know (It’s You)
JUDY JETSON – Surfin’ in Space

* PHILIP GLASS – Mad Rush

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS – Can’t Say Crap on the Radio
JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – L.O.V.E. I Hate You
* AMINIATURE – Featurist
$ ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT – Boychucker

SNFU- Seein’ Life thru the Bottom
* NEW BOMB TURKS – Grounded Ex-Patriot
* THE MEICES – Words

BEASTIE BOYS – Girls
PUBLIC ENEMY – 911 Is a Joke
NEWCLEUS – Jam on It
CYPRESS HILL – Pigs
$ DIGITAL UNDERGROUND – Underwater Rimes

* MR. T EXPERIENCE – Swallow Everything
GYPSY soundtrack – Together Wherever We Go
* TONY BENNETT – Steppin’ Out with My Baby
JESUS & MARY CHAIN – My Girl

THE PASTELS – Different Drum
* NO EMPATHY – Try Not to Hurt Anyone
TEENAGE HEAD – She Rips My Lips
* THE RAMONES – The Shape of Things to Come
* HELEN LOVE – Joey Ramoney

ZERO BOYS – Dirty Alleys/Dirty Minds
* UNSANE – Body Bomb
EATER – No Brains
AFI – High School Football Hero
RANCID – Someone’s Gonna Die
TOY DOLLS – How Do You Deal with Neal

THE REZILLOS – I Like It
* RHYTHM COLLISION – She Drives Me Crazy
THE BUZZCOCKS – Love You More
THE VIBRATORS – Yeah Yeah Yeah
CULTURE SHOCK – Catchin’ Flies

BAD MANNERS – Teenager in Love
WEST SIDE STORY soundtrack – Tonight
* JAWBREAKER – Boxcar
STEEL POLE BATHTUB – Mercurocrome

2/22/94: TUESDAY 12am-3:30am (with Liesl S.)

$ MILES DAVIS – So What
WHAM! – I’m Your Man
MINOR THREAT – In My Eyes
* TEEN IDLES – Deadhead

$ WYNONA RIDERS – Kids in America
* THE FLIRTS – Jukebox
THE BUZZCOCKS – 16 Again
THE FASTBACKS – Love You More
FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS – Ever Fallen in Love
* RHYTHM COLLISION – She Drives Me Crazy

* INDIAN SUMMER – Orchard
EARTHA KITT – I Wanna Be Evil
THE SLITS – Shoplifting
$ CITIZEN FISH – Disposable Dream
* VOODOO GLOW SKULLS – Dirty Rats

$ TONI BASIL – Mickey
* THE PANDORAS – Hot Generation
* MOTORHONEY – Bad Guy Reaction
BEASTIE BOYS – Girls
* DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN – Wack MCs
TELEVISION’S GREATEST HITS – Mighty Mouse theme
$ DJ JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE – Girls Ain’t Nothing but Trouble

PUBLIC ENEMY – Contract on the World Love Jam
CYPRESS HILL – Insane in the Brain
DEAD MILKMEN – Tiny Town
GREASE soundtrack – Beauty School Dropout
THE VANDALS – Summer Lovin’

TALULAH GOSH – Break Your Face
SHOP ASSISTANTS – You Trip Me Up
JESUS & MARY CHAIN – My Girl
THE SUGARCUBES – Birthday (Jim & Will Xmas Day Mix)
GRIMPLE – All Grown Up

BIKINI KILL – Rebel Girl
CIRCLE JERKS – Coup d’Etat
DISCHARGE – Look at Tomorrow
* SCREW 32 – Tools for the Job
* NEW BOMB TURKS – American Soul Spiders

GBH – Freak
TOY DOLLS – Commercial Break
THE JAM – Boy about Town
PRINCE – U Got the Look
THE ADICTS – Just Like Me

* SILKWORM – No Revolution
THE ADVERTS – Bored Teenagers
$ POSTER CHILDREN – If You See Kay
* JAWBREAKER – Jinx Removing

2/25/94: FRIDAY 9:30am-12pm

SESAME STREET soundtrack – ABC Song
THE ADICTS – Distortion
* AMINIATURE – Featurist
* ACTION PAINTING – Mustard Gas
FRED ASTAIRE – Shall We Dance?
SHIRLEY BASSEY – Kiss Me Honey, Honey

* BLAH BLAH BLAH – Saddleback
* ROBIN CLARK – Daddy, Daddy Gotta Get a Phone
HARRY CONNICK, JR. – Recipe for Love
CRINGER – Pay to Play

DISCHARGE – Is This to Be
* DELIGHTFUL LITTLE NOTHINGS – Over Us
* DISAFFECT – Judge & Be Damned
EVILDEAD – Rise Above/Suicidal Tendencies Riff
EVERREADY – Never Walk Away

* FAITH – It’s Time
THE FLIRTS – Jukebox
* FUCKBOYZ – Prozac
JUDY GARLAND – By Myself
GAY PUREE soundtrack – Mewsette
$ THE GR’UPS – Oink
GORILLA BISCUITS – Cats & Dogs

THE HELLBILLIES – Bucket of Blood
HEAVENLY – Cool Guitar Boy
BILLIE HOLIDAY – I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love with Me
$ IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY – Girl with No Eyes

* INDIAN SUMMER – Orchard
* ILL REPUTE – Jamie Just
* JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – Petty Wage
* JAWBREAKER – Jinx Removing

$ JAZZBUTCHER – Grey Flannelette
$ KUKL – Assassin
* LEGENDARY LUNCH – Zero Sum
MOTORHEAD – Iron Fist
* MOTORHONEY – Bad Guy Reaction
MOTORCYCLE BOY – His Latest Flame

* NEW BOMB TURKS – American Soul Spiders
NAPALM DEATH – It’s a M.A.N.S. World
OPERATION IVY – I Got No
OLD SKULL – Let’s Go Kill That Man
* THE PANDORAS – I Want Him
THE QUEERS – Love Love Love

* RHYTHM COLLISION – Cheers
* RUDIMENTARY PENI – Dream City
THE SUBHUMANS (Canada) – Mobile Electric Chair
TELEVISION PERSONALITIES – Never Understand (Here We Go ’round the Mary Chain)
THE UNDEAD – I Don’t Wanna Go

VICE SQUAD – Humane
THE VANDALS – Master Race
STEVIE WONDER – My Cherie Amour
X-RAY SPEX – I Live Off You
YEASTIE GIRLS – FCC
ZERO BOYS – Amphetamine Addiction

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Davey Havok Was a Pinner Kid with a Round Hostess Twinkie belly

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Tiger Lily & Davey Havok at Rancid, Total Chaos, Hellbillies, Parasites, and A.F.I. show (924 Gilman St., 5/14/94); photographer unknown

AFI/Blaqk Audio frontman Davey Havok is set to release his debut novel Pop Kids on April 2. According to the website, it’s about a 17-year-old guy who’s a “pop-culture-obsessed, pseudo-vegetarian, atheist pyromaniac trapped within a rural northern Californian town.” Although I haven’t paid close attention to his various projects since the late 1990s, I’m pretty intrigued by this one.

I first met Dave shortly after the start of UC Berkeley’s fall 1993 semester. I’m not completely certain, but it may have been at a 924 Gilman St. show. He had a baby mohawk, a skateboard, and a crisp black leather jacket with the blue Germs circle neatly painted on the back of it. I was hyper, pushy, and in-your-face (not much has changed!); he was super-friendly with a ready smile. Somehow we became friends, yet I never called him Davey.

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Davey Havok & Tiger Lily circa 1994; photographer unknown

Unfortunately, my memory’s pretty spotty and we weren’t the type to get into trouble so I don’t have any scandalous stories to share. We were just good kids in the East Bay punk scene. At that time, I lived on the top floor of a three-story house. Since cell phones hadn’t become commonplace yet, Dave would either have to yell up or throw rocks at my window if he wanted to visit. I’d help him put up and hand out flyers for AFI shows (his personable nature no doubt helped boost his fledgling band’s fanbase). I’d play his band’s singles fairly frequently on my KALX radio show (starting with this one). He’d school me on slang from his hometown, none of which I remember. He got his first tattoo (Gogo the Dodo, of all things) shortly after I got mine (topless Winnie the Pooh, no better). Ditto with the lip piercing.

Dave also wrote a series of personal essays for my zine My Letter to the World. All of them were about his troubles with girls—but not in the way you’d think. The first appeared in issue 7, published on October 29, 1993 (click for a larger view):

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My Letter to the World #7

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“Tongue-Tied” by Davey Havok, My Letter to the World #7

I’m sure Dave no longer writes with the voice of an almost-18-year-old, but it’d be a spectacular feat if he managed to channel it for Pop Kids, considering the protagonist is soon-to-be 18. I guess I’ll just have to pick up a copy and see if I catch a glimpse of that weak pinner kid with a round Hostess Twinkie belly. [2/28/13: I posted another of his essays here. 4/2/13: And another one.]

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

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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.

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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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