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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Damage

1. Appreciation

2. Damage

3. Lean

4. Book Of Love

5. I Will Steal You Back

6. Please Say No

7. How'd You Have Me

8. No, Never

9. Byebyelove

10. You Were Good

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Track List: Invented

1. Heart Is Hard To Find

2. My Best Theory

3. Evidence

4. Higher Devotion

5. Movielike

6. Coffee And Cigarettes

7. Stop

8. Littlething

9. Cut

10. Action Needs An Audience

11. Invented

12. Mixtape

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Track List: Chase This Light

1. Big Casino

2. Let It Happen

3. Always Be

4. Carry You

5. Electable (Give It Up)

6. Gotta Be Somebody's Blues

7. Feeling Lucky

8. Here It Goes

9. Chase This Light

10. Firefight

11. Dizzy

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Track List: Stay On My Side Tonight (EP) (Explicit)

1. Disintegration

2. Over

3. Closer

4. Half Right

5. Drugs Or Me (Styrofoam Remix)

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Track List: Bleed American

1. Bleed American

2. A Praise Chorus

3. The Middle

4. Your House

5. Sweetness

6. Hear You Me

7. If You Don't. Don't

8. Get It Faster

9. Cautioners

10. The Authority Song

11. My Sundown

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Track List: Clarity

1. Table For Glasses

2. Lucky Denver Mint

3. Your New Aesthetic

4. Believe In What You Want

5. A Sunday

6. Crush

7. 12.23.95

8. Ten

9. Just Watch The Fireworks

10. For Me This Is Heaven

11. Blister

12. Clarity

13. Goodbye Sky Harbor

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Track List: Jimmy Eat World

1. Lucky Denver Mint

2. For Me This Is Heaven

4. Softer

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Track List: Static Prevails (Expanded Edition)

1. Thinking, That's All

2. Rockstar

3. Claire

4. Call It In The Air

5. Seventeen

6. Episode Iv

7. Digits

8. Caveman

9. World Is Static

10. In The Same Room

11. Robot Factory

12. Anderson Mesa

13. 77 Satellites

14. What Would I Say To You Now

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Track List: I Will Steal You Back (Single)

1. I Will Steal You Back

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Track List: My Best Theory (Radio Single)

1. My Best Theory

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tpietravalle
I'm at work properly with my life and I don't think it's funny when zoomed out to see zombies in poop's
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Poor poop's
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kiss your hand 5 times say your crushes name post this on 2 other songs your crush will ask you out tomorrow
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you have started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When you are done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so creepy it actually works.
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wow I just discovered Jimmy Eat World and I lovelovelove them!!<3 the name
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1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crushes name
3 say your name
4 say a school day
5 post this on 5 other songs
Result your crush will ask you out
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Awwwww yeeaahhhh!!! !
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Skrillex rocks
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I love the middle by them!!
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You know who my boyfriend is?Its Xavier
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U gyz are great
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Say iPhone 5 times
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DONT READ THIS! You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. DONT STOP this it's freaky! But if you read this and ignore it, you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your curshes name will appear in big letters across the screen. This is creepy because it actually works.
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Say iphone 5 times, post this on 2 other songs, look under your pillow
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Kiss your hand five times post this on two other songs and a pink or blue iphone will appear under your pillow
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read this you know the people who say dont read this will all of t are so annoying stop it please its geting on every nerves so and save the section for fans not pices of crap and everyone whos with me post this on other songs we can spreed the word its geting annoying #stop
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST Friday by the love of your life. Tommorow will be the best day of your life. Now that you started reading this, don't stop. If you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When your done press space bar and your crushes name will spear in big letters, it's freaky it actually works.
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I don't know who this I
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Don't read this. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life, don't stop, this is so freaky! But if you read and ignore this, you will get bad luck. Post this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done, press the space bar and you will see your crushes name in big letters on your screen.
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This is creepy but it works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Repost this on 15 songs in 143 mins. If you don't you will have bad luck. When you are done press the space bar and your crush's name will appear in big letters.
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Hi (I love Ready aim fire:-)
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works
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Pain the bomb
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The Middle is my song! I love Jimmy Eat World!
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Poop��������
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CLARITY RELEASED 1999
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Say IPhone 5 timee
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What ever
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My mom loves the man who sings this.�������
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They are great
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Don't read this. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest possible Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Post this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar.
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❤❤❤❤❤
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I love this band
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Ihart fall out boy
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this song
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I like this song alot
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I love them
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Pink
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Hands down favorite band nothing to me has compared to Jew
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Greatest Rock Band of All Time. Really happy that Damage turned out to be a big improvement over Invented.
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IT IS OK! THE BEET IS GOOD!!! BUT... DO YOU HAVE MORE SONGS??????! ! ! ! ! !
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I love your music. evelyn Trujillo. . . I love you. I think you guys are the best band ever I want to hear the song out of my name
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Love this song it's my get ready song
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She wants to dance like uma Thurman ������
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