The 11 best songs recorded by Jawbox
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Jawbox were a post-hardcore band from Washington DC. During their eight-year career, they released four studio albums before calling it quits in 1997.
The band – who reunited for one night only in 2009 to record a spot on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to mark the reissue of their 1994 album For Your Own Special Sweetheart – have influenced the likes of Biffy Clyro and Deftones.
Here are the 11 best songs released during their short career...
**TOOLS AND CHROME (Grippe, 1991)
**This track first appeared on Jawbox's self-titled 1990 debut EP. Perhaps constrained by the various limits of being a three-piece, Tools And Chrome – which later reappeared as a highlight of their Dischord debut Grippe – is far more urgent and direct than their later releases and is shot through with that classic Washington DC sound.
**STATIC (Novelty, 1992)
**Taken from the band's second album, Static was released as a single and remained a firm live fixture throughout their career. Bill Barbot's addition to the line-up as second guitarist and vocalist widened the band's sound and Novelty benefitted greatly as a result. Check out this Peel Session, recorded in 1994 at the legendary Maida Vale BBC studios in London.
**COOLING CARD (For Your Own Special Sweetheart, 1994)
**This song's charm lies in the simplicity of Coletta’s bass interplay with Zachary Barocas’ pummelling kick and snare. Together, they pave the way for its explosive chorus.
**SAVORY (For Your Own Special Sweetheart, 1994)
**This was Jawbox’s first major label single and is perhaps their best known song. Its jangling guitar chimes are punctuated by unfussy bass playing and Barocas’ distinct meter, while Robbins delivers a first class vocal performance – look out for the instruments to fall back after three minutes. This song was covered by members of Far and Deftones for the former’s 1997 EP Soon.
**FF=66 (For Your Own Special Sweetheart, 1994)
**After leaving Dischord, Jawbox signed to Atlantic for their 1994 album. This, the opening track, shows no sign of dulling their burr for their new paymasters. The song begins with scraping guitar strings and dull feedback as a voice says, "He invites the storm, he lives by instinct with fears that are not fears – but prickles of ecstasy" before a raging Robbins' vocal delivery seems to burst a vessel in his neck.