"for your own special sweetheart"
Year:  1994
Country:  US
City:  Washington
Label:  Warner 
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  44 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Post Hardcore

During their eight-year existence, Jawbox developed into a top-tier post-hardcore band. While they became one of the most notable acts in Washington, D.C. shortly after their late-'80s formation, and were part of a lineage that included the likes of Minor Threat and Rites of Spring, they were favorably compared to Chicago's Big Black, Naked Raygun, and Effigies as well. Scrutinized for leaving D.C.'s beloved Dischord for a major label -- they were the first to do so - Jawbox nonetheless released two excellent albums for Atlantic that surpassed their previous output. Ex-Government Issue bassist J. Robbins formed Jawbox in the summer of 1989. Robbins shifted to guitar and lead vocals, joined by drummer Adam Wade and bassist Kim Coletta. The trio's first proper recording, a four-track 7" EP, was released in the spring of 1990 through Dischord and their own DeSoto label. The band then recorded their first album, Grippe, at Arlington's Inner Ear with engineer Eli Janney (Girls Against Boys). It was released in May 1991. Despite its formative nature in relation to what followed, it was a fine debut and rewarded repeated listening.
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