Wednesday, July 29, 2009
[Pitchfork.com] During the 90s post-grunge sign-everything-that-moves era, a whole mess of underground bands ended up holding major label contracts, even though nobody in their right minds could've ever expected Flipper or Shudder to Think (or, hell, Helmet) to put up Nirvana numbers. Among those unlikely major label bandwagon-jumpers was the D.C. post-hardcore crew Jawbox, who decamped from Dischord Records to Atlantic just in time to release 1994's long-player For Your Own Special Sweetheart.
The album never sold many copies, but it's one of the greatest slabs of angular guitar throb that the District of Columbia produced during the 90s, which is saying something. For Your Own Special Sweetheart was a landmark underground album that had the bad luck to come out on a major. It introduced the world to "Savory", the weirdly sexy guitar tangle that remained a cool-kid mixtape staple for at least a decade. But Jawbox were always, to say the least, a weird fit for Atlantic. I witnessed the band befuddle a stadium-sized crowd at a 1995 D.C. radio station festival, and it's easy to imagine some A&R slapping his forehead when he heard the master tapes. For Your Own Special Sweetheart went out of print exactly as quickly as you'd expect.
Sweetheart is an album that's always deserved the reissue treatment. In 2006, DeSoto Records, the label run by ex-Jawbox member Kim Coletta, acquired the rights to Sweetheart and the sole big-label follow-up, 1996's Jawbox, from Atlantic. (Gotta love those major label fire sales.) Those albums have been for sale on iTunes since then. And now they're due for a physical reissue.
As PunkNews reports (via MBV) and Dischord Records confirms, DeSoto will partner with Dischord to reissue Sweetheart in late October or early November. The album, remastered from the original source tapes, will include new artwork, as well as three bonus tracks from the "Savory" maxi-single: "Lil' Shaver", "68", and a cover of the great Big Boys ballad "Sound on Sound". The bonus tracks will be included with the CD, and they'll come as an MP3 download with the vinyl. Since DeSoto is mostly dormant these days, Dischord, Jawbox's old label, will take care of production and distribution. Everything comes full circle, kids.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 3:56 PM