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Jimmy Eat World

Once a trailblazing name in the mid-'90s emocore scene, Jimmy Eat World eventually found a larger audience by embracing a blend of alternative rock and power pop that targeted the heart as well as the head. The band's influence widened considerably with 1999's Clarity -- an album that has since emerged as a landmark of the emo genre -- it was the band's follow-up (specifically the infectious single "The Middle") that crowned them as major figures in commercial rock. The emo label proved difficult to shake throughout the 2000s, even when subsequent albums like Futures and Chase This Light did little to evoke the hard-edged sensitivity of Clarity, but Jimmy Eat World still remained a league above the generation of emocore torch-bearers they helped spawn.

Jimmy Eat World formed in February 1994 in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, Arizona. Jim Adkins (vocals/guitar) and Zach Lind (drums) met while attending Mountain View High School; years of playing in local bands had also introduced them to locals Tom Linton (guitar/vocals) and Mitch Porter (bass). The four musicians joined forces and derived the band's moniker from an argument between Linton's younger brothers, Ed and Jimmy. The two siblings were prone to fighting, with the heavyset Jimmy usually emerging as the victor. One day, a revengeful Ed resorted to drawing a picture of his heavyset older brother shoving the entire world into his mouth. The caption "Jimmy Eat World" was printed beneath, and the band deemed it a perfect fit. Citing influences like Rocket from the Crypt, early Def Leppard, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Fugazi, and the Velvet Underground, Jimmy Eat World outfitted themselves as a punk rock act and began playing small shows in the Phoenix valley.

Over the course of 1994 and early 1995, Jimmy Eat World released several EPs and singles on Wooden Blue Records, an imprint based in the nearby town of Tempe. Limited-edition pressings of "One, Two, Three, Four," "Back from the Dead Mother F**ker," and split EPs with Christie Front Drive, Emery, and Blueprint would later run out of print, as would the band's self-titled debut album. The band's audience was steadily growing, and Capitol Records responded by signing Jimmy Eat World in mid-1995, when bandleaders Adkins and Linton were only 19 years old. Porter soon exited the group; Linton's best mate since seventh grade, bassist Rick Burch, was enlisted as a replacement, and the band marked their major debut with the release of 1996's Static Prevails.

Three years passed; by 1999, Jimmy Eat World had officially transformed themselves into an emo outfit with the release of their intricate sophomore album, Clarity. The record marked Adkins' first time as the group's lead singer and principal songwriter, two roles that Linton had previously handled. Unfortunately, Capitol Records had also experienced some significant changes, ultimately culminating in the departure of president Gary Gersh -- the same man who signed Jimmy Eat World in 1995. Capitol's new management balked at Clarity's sensitive sound and started to shelve the album; it wasn't until several key radio stations (including L.A.'s influential KROQ) started airing the song "Lucky Denver Mint" that the label relented and released Clarity in February 1999. "Lucky Denver Mint" proved to be popular on the radio and in the movies, where it scored a spot in the Drew Barrymore comedy Never Been Kissed. Jimmy Eat World's fan base continued to grow, but their relationship with Capitol progressively soured. After the label shelved the band's third LP, Jimmy Eat World decided to leave the label, and Capitol was happy to let them go.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Eat World's music was attracting an audience overseas, where Clarity had become a hit in countries like Germany. The band responded by financing and promoting a tour throughout the European continent. Singles, a collection of unreleased B-sides and rarities, was released that same year on the independent label Big Wheel Recreation. A split EP with Australian rockers Jebediah was also released, and the band scraped together the profits from those ventures before entering the studio to record Bleed American (whose title would later be changed to Jimmy Eat World after the events of September 11, 2001). Enlisting the help of Clarity's producer, Mark Trombino, the band independently created the record that would effectively launch their high-profile careers. Jimmy Eat World then used the completed product to land a contract with Dreamworks, who released the album in July 2001. While the hard-hitting title track did moderately well, it was the record's second single, "The Middle," that landed Jimmy Eat World a spot on the pop/rock map. Featuring a video filled with scantily clad teenagers, the song also enjoyed heavy exposure on MTV, where a younger audience latched onto the band's summery appeal. A year after its release, Jimmy Eat World was still a fixture on the Billboard charts and modern rock radio. A third single, "Sweetness," was released in summer 2002, and "A Praise Chorus" followed soon after, allowing the album to go platinum.

The Dreamworks label closed its doors in January 2004, and Jimmy Eat World shifted their operations over to Interscope for the release of their fifth album. Futures was released in October 2004 and debuted at number six on the Billboard charts, eventually going gold on the strength of the Top 40 hit "Pain." The Stay on My Side Tonight EP appeared one year later, featuring a Heatmiser cover and several tracks that had been axed from the Futures track list. Jimmy Eat World continued to tour in support of the album before entering the recording studio with Butch Vig, a veteran musician who had produced Nirvana's Nevermind and the Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream before forming a platinum-selling group of his own, Garbage. With Vig behind the controls, Jimmy Eat World recorded their sixth studio LP, Chase This Light. The leadoff single, "Big Casino," was released in August 2007, and the album followed in October. The following year, the band announced that they were returning to the studio to work on a new album with their old producer, Mark Trombino. Two years later, Invented became their seventh release. In 2013, Jimmy Eat World released their eighth studio album, the Alain Johannes-produced Damage. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Comments

THE MIDDLE!
I have not heard this song in forever!!!! ( All The Small Things)
Rasied listening to the middle
You made my wife sing, so thumbs up/
Say iPhone 5 times say color post this on 5 other songs look under your pillow
the middle my favorite song by them the show called the middle me and m anut watch it
Que pasa?
maryana125
The middle :) my favorite song¡
Don't read this cuz it actually works. U will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of ur life. To.orrow will be the best day of ur life. However if u don't post this u will die in 2 days. Now u started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes.when ur done press f6 and ur lovers name will appear on the screen in big leeters this so scary cuz it really works
Oh btw, _BRYTINA_, if you don't like the song, don't listen to it or comment on it. In other words, STFU. And, what's wrong with being gay? :p don't be so rude, please?
When ever I feel sad, I listen to this song and feel waaaaay better :D
the middle :D

the middle
Firetruck
one of my favorite songs ;-;
luminescent_ e m a c i a t i o n
Don't read this because it actually works! Hold up your hand, curl all your fingers into a fist, punch yourself in the face over and over until you're unable to post any more stupid copypasta all over Pandora.

-Arvis
edmoeduardo
Love them
I love it
It is stuped
No I didn't
My dad went to high school with them! Westwood high in Mesa Arizona! My dad actually hiked the Grand Canyon with one of them too! Do you know why their called jimmy eat world because Jim's little brother drew a pictures of him eating the world
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
This is GAYYYYYY...W h y is this on Blink Radio?
Hi
Kiss your left hand 2.say your crushes name 3.close your hand 4. Say a weekday 5.say your name 6. Open your hand 7. Post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out on the day you picked
I love you
davehinch
Kiss your left hand 2.say your crushes name 3.close your hand 4. Say a weekday 5.say your name 6.open your hand 7. Post this on 15 somgs and your crush will ask you out on the day you picked
For some reason I think of Jimmy Neutron every time I hear the Middle...... O_o
just heard My Sundown for the first time. beautiful! :)
The Middle
So I guess (curiously extensive explanation not withstanding ) nobody assumed they are actually Jewish? Hence the name? Interesting. . .
Kiss your hand 10 times say your crushes name post this on 2 other songs then look at your hand
U will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by your true love however if u don't post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes u will die in 2 days after u do that press F6 and your lovers name will be on the screen In big letters
tdupee5
1 kiss ur left hand
2 say your crushes name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this on 15 more songs and the day you pick you will be asked by your crush

garrettdegra z i a
Stupid
U will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by your true love. However, if u don't post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes u will die in 2 days after u do that press f6 and your lovers name will be on the screen in big letters
I'm not alone cause the TV's on yeah, I'm not crazy cause I take the right pills..every d a y .
Wow
Jimmy eat world. Most awesome name in my opinion.
tori.sellers
1.kiss your left hand.2. Say your crushes name.3.close your name.4. Say your name.5.post this on 15 more songs.6.your crush will ask you out
1 kiss your left hand
2 Say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this on 15 more songs and on the day you picked your crush will ask you out no joke
I am the wizard
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
1 kiss your left hand 2 say your crush's name 3 close your hand 4 pick a school day 5 say your name 6 post this on 15 more songs and on the day you picked your crush will ask you out no joke
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Kiss ur left hand Say ur crushs name Close ur fist Pick a school day Say ur name And post this on other 15 more songs and ur crush will ask u out
The video is the best part about this song. It really brings it home.
It's a cool song
Ths song makes me happy
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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