Jawbox formed in 1989 and released most of their recorded output on the venerable Dischord label until disbanding in 1997. However, the band did release two records on major label Atlantic Records, being one of only two bands to ever leave Dischord for a major label. While this angered some fans at the time, the band never altered their sound and received considerable accolades from critics. While all their records were great, For Your Own Special Sweetheart is the record that transformed me into a Jawbox fanatic. Every time I listen to “Savory” I get chills. Everything about the song is just stunning and it was only years later when I revisited the music video that I realized that I saw this video a few times on MTV. Jawbox was an extremely talented band with great lyrics and they were able to infuse their grimy, unabashedly heavy music with a subtle sense of melody that made the songs stick in your head. Not to mention J. Robbins distinctive vocal style, which fits perfectly within the songs. If you have any Jawbox records, I suggest giving them a spin today and leaving some memories in the replies.
Nice selection. Novelty and For Your Own Special Sweetheart are among my very favorite albums, not to mention very influential and transformative works of post-hardcore. Robbins does pretty much no wrong in my book.