Bleed American (song)

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Bleed American (song)
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Bleed American Single Cover
First Played: Live 1999-09-05 UJZ Korn, Hanover, Germany[1]
Released: 2001-07-24
Label: DreamWorks Records
Writer: Jimmy Eat World
Producer: Mark Trombino, Jimmy Eat World

Bleed American is the opening and title track of Jimmy Eat World's 2001 album Bleed American. The track was the lead single off the album. This track is also known as ‘Salt Sweat Sugar’, was conceived after the track was included on the 2001 Clear Channel memorandum, a document sent to radio stations across the United States following the September 11th terrorist attacks, warning radio stations not to play songs with certain song titles or subjects. Jim Adkins recalled the change "It was a pretty fast decision, We all felt we had worked way too hard on it to have it sidelined by not having it given the opportunity to be objectively listened to.” [2] Given the release date of the album and the song, the name was changed so that the song would get airplay. Many fans recognize the song by both its original and re-titled name and subsequent reissues of both the song and the album list it as Bleed American.

Appears On

Lyrics

[Verse]

I'm not alone 'cause the TV's on, yeah

I'm not crazy 'cause I take the right pills every day

And rest, clean your conscience, clear your thoughts with Speyside with your grain

Clean your conscience, clear your thoughts with Speyside

[Chorus]

Salt, sweat, sugar on the asphalt

Our hearts littering the topsoil

Tune in and we can get the last call

Our lives, our coal

Salt, sweat, sugar on the asphalt

Our hearts littering the topsoil

Sign up, it's the picket line or the parade

Our lives

[Verse]

I'm not alone 'cause the TV's on, yeah

I'm not crazy 'cause I take the right pills every day

And rest, clean your conscience, clear your thoughts with Speyside with your grain

Clean your conscience, clear your thoughts with Speyside

[Chorus]

Salt, sweat, sugar on the asphalt

Our hearts littering the topsoil

Tune in and we can get the last call

Our lives, our coal

Salt, sweat, sugar on the asphalt

Our hearts littering the topsoil

Sign up, it's the picket line or the parade

Our lives

[Bridge]

(I bled the) greed from my arm

Won't they give it a rest now?

(Give it a rest now)

Now, now, now

[Chorus]

Salt, sweat, sugar on the asphalt

Our hearts littering the topsoil

Tune in and we can get the last call

Our lives, our coal

Salt, sweat, sugar on the asphalt

Our hearts littering the topsoil

Sign up, it's the picket line or the parade

Our lives, our coal

Recording Details

Following the release of Clarity on 1999-02-23 [3] and despite critical praise and promotion, Clarity was commercially unsuccessful in a musical climate dominated by teen pop, and the band was dropped by Capitol in 1993-08. [4] [5] The band said Capitol was so "busy re-mastering and re-releas[ing] The Beatles [...] and Frank Sinatra" they "sort of fell through the cracks". [5] In 1999-09 and 1999-10, they embarked on a tour of Europe, with No Knife, and supported the Promise Ring for three shows at the end of 1999-10. [6] [7] After this, Jimmy Eat World took a break, during which Adkins started the side project Go Big Casino and played some shows, while Lind got married in 1999-11 at the same church where the band had recorded their '94 Demo Cassette. [8] The band celebrated the end of millennium with two shows in their hometown Tempe, Arizona. [9] After Capitol either shelved or refused to release the band's next record, Jimmy Eat World decided to leave the label, and Capitol was happy to let them go. [10]

In 2000-08 Jimmy Eat World released the compilation album Singles through the independent label Big Wheel Recreation, which included B-sides and unreleased songs from the band up to that point.[10] Later that year, they returned to Europe on tour, where Clarity was enjoying some success, especially in Germany. [10] [11] After this tour, they launched a new split, this time with Jebediah. [10] At that time, Jimmy Eat World distributed their albums independently while on tour in Europe. [12] Drummer Zach Lind recalled that the label "really didn’t believe in us. But in a way, that was sort of a good thing, because it let us take control of what we needed to do. We learned we had to do it ourselves, because no one else would do it for us." [13] When the band returned from their tour they began to think about recording their next album shortly after the release of Singles in 2000-08. [14] The sales from Singles and the proceeds from Jimmy Eat World's European tour helped fund the album's recording sessions. [11] Recording sessions began in August 2000 and took place in Los Angeles, California [10] in two studios: Californians Cherokee, and Harddrive in North Hollywood. The album was mixed in South Extasy Recording Studio in Los Angeles. [15] Bleed American was produced by Drive Like Jehu’s Mark Trombino [15] [16] who had produced two of the band's previous studio albums Static Prevails [17] and Clarity [18] and also produced Blink-182's breakthrough album, Dude Ranch. [19] The money budgeted for the record was insufficient. Trombino offered to work for free during the recording sessions, confident he would be reimbursed by the album's predicted commercial success. [20] The band also began seeing more commercial success from Clarity as it was praised by Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge; DeLonge's wife even had the band play their wedding in 2001-05. [14] [21]

Some of the songs included in Bleed American had already been written and recorded during the Clarity sessions, but the band felt they were recorded too late to include them in that album, including Sweetness. [14] [22] After recording sessions of Bleed American began, the head of DreamWorks Records' Artists and repertoire division offered to help the band. The band considered it, but it was not until a year later when they returned to contact him. After the band presented the material they had recorded, the label signed them. [22] Adkins reflected "Yeah, I've noticed we have a label behind us right now, it's definitely something new and exciting for us. That's definitely a change."[14]

The material on Bleed American was more accessible and aggressive than its predecessor Clarity, which had a more "layered, sprawling sound." [23] In regard to the stylistic approach of the album, frontman Jim Adkins said, “Things still got pretty gnarly in the studio as far as experimentation, but it was always to an end that was complimentary [sic] to the song. We wanted to really make sure that we weren’t doing things, like, just to put a wacky keyboard sound in. It had to be doing something constructive for the song.”[14] The lyrical composition in Bleed American also remained rather direct and straightforward. Mark Vanderhoff of Allmusic said that Bleed American didn't have any "16 minute songs," referencing Goodbye Sky Harbor from Clarity. Rather, he called the music on Bleed American "just straight-ahead rock & roll, performed with punk energy and alt-rock smarts." [23] The band collaborated with guest vocalists in several of the album's songs. Davey von Bohlen (of The Promise Ring) contributed vocals and the bridge in A Praise Chorus and Rachel Haden (of That Dog) lent her voice in Hear You Me If You Don't, Don't, Cautioners, and My Sundown. [14] [23] Jimmy Eat World makes references to several bands, albums, and songs in the lyrical compositions of Bleed American. A Praise Chorus, the final single from the album, contains lyrics from songs the band knew, such as "Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells, "Our House" by Madness, "Kickstart My Heart" by Mötley Crüe and "Don't Let's Start" by They Might Be Giants. [23] [14] [24] The title and lyrics of The Authority Song are a direct reference to "Authority Song" by John Cougar Mellencamp, and it also contains a reference to Automatic, an album by the Jesus and Mary Chain. [25] The Middle the second single from the album, includes a guitar solo that, according to Adkins, "is a tribute to Doug Gillard of Guided by Voices" and its lyrics speak about "fitting in" and self-acceptance of oneself. [14] [23] In turn, Sweetness was one of the songs that Adkins had more doubts about because of its lyrical content: "I just had this melody in my head and I was demoing it and singing it and kind of having a hard time with it. I almost didn’t bring it to the band because I was thinking to myself, ’I can’t just say nothing. I can’t just use all these sort of alyrical whoahs for this much of a song.’" [23] Bleed American reflects Adkin's struggles with alcoholism and substance abuse. On the tour prior to the recording of Bleed American Adkins suffered from panic disorder. [24]

Bleed American was made available for streaming on 2001-07-19 for members of the "Street Team" [26] before being released five days later on 2001-07-24 by DreamWorks Records. [15] The album artwork, showing a set of bowling trophies sitting on top of a cigarette machine, is taken from William Eggleston's photograph "Memphis". [27] The September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., which took place seven weeks after its initial release, and prompted it's re-released as Jimmy Eat World out of concern that its title could be misinterpreted following the September 11 attacks, the album was re-released with an eponymous title in 2001-12 [24] [27] [28] This may have also been inspired by the Clear Channel memorandum, where Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia), the largest owner of radio stations in the United States, circulated an internal memo containing a list of songs that program directors felt were "lyrically questionable" to play in the aftermath of the attack. In addition, the title track was renamed Salt Sweat Sugar. [16] The album produced four singles: Bleed American (Salt Sweat Sugar), The Middle, Sweetness, and A Praise Chorus each managed to enter the top twenty of at least one US chart. In addition to the album's singles, two EPs were released to support Bleed American. The first of these EPs, titled Good to Go EP, was released on 2002-02-22 exclusively in Japan and the second EP, titled The Middle/A Praise Chorus Tour EP, was a tour EP released in Australia in 2003-01. [15] On 2008-04-28, a deluxe edition of the album was released with a bonus disc containing several B-sides, acoustic versions, live versions, demo versions and previously unreleased tracks. The original album name and track title Bleed American were restored for this release. [27] In 2011-04 for Record Store Day the band released a deluxe three-LP vinyl set for Bleed American, which included some B-sides and rare tracks. [29]

Reception

This song peaked on the 2001 UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) charts at 60[30] and on the US Alternative Airplay (Billboard) charts at 18[31]

Jimmy Eat World were invited to perform Bleed American Live on the Late Show with David Letterman episode 1686 in 2001-09-06 [32]. This was their first appearance on the show [33]. A version of this performance can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dcTM2XAuBI

Personnel

Jimmy Eat World

Production

Other Versions

Demo Version

The demo version can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwlH0njJYZc. The demo features remarkably similar lyrics and music but a less polished mix.

Live At 9:30 Club

The Middle/A Praise Chorus Tour EP Cover
The Middle/A Praise Chorus Tour EP Cover

As appears on The Middle/A Praise Chorus Tour EP. The song length is 3:08. This is part of a live recording from The 9:30 Club in Washington, DC in 2002-06-04.

Instrumental Version

The instrumental version can be heard here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N91UeYqMvw4 this version appears to be the Album version with the lyric track removed, likely from Guitar Hero 5 but helps to highlight some of the guitar and bass parts under the vocals.

Music Video

This track had a Music Video which features the band playing a live gig, filmed from various angles onstage. see Bleed American (music video)

See Also

Bleed American

Bleed American (music video)

References

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  2. https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/jimmy-eat-world-bleed-american-album/, 'Bleed American’: How Jimmy Eat World Cut Through To The Mainstream, Peacock, Tim, 2020-06-24, uDiscoverMusic, uDiscoverMusic, 2021-04-06,
  3. https://www.allmusic.com/album/release/clarity-mr0001436329, Clarity - Jimmy Eat World | Release Info, Vanderhof, Mark, AllMusic, AllMusic, 2021-02-24,
  4. Jimmy Eat World: Clarity (Capitol) No. 60. ISSN 1534-0554., Greenwald, Andy, 2007-07, Blender, Blender,
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  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20010606124239/http://www.jimmyeatworld.net/history.html, History, Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World, 2021-02-24, The Beginning(Early 1994) We started playing shows, putting on shows, meeting people and having a blast. We recorded a demo tape at a church in our home town by a guy named Jason Boreman, who is the music leader there. We actually recorded our first songs on the same stage, in spring of 94, that Zach will be getting married on on the 26th of November, 1999. Weird. So, we used that demo tape to circulate the gospel of Jimmy Eat World around Phoenix and it did just that. With that, we convinced a guy to record a seven inch for us for cheap. We recorded that, put it out on Wooden Blue Records, a label headed by two high school friends, Jeremy Yocum and Joel Leibow. While recording that seven inch, we convinced the engineer to record us for a full length cd. So, we did that and released it on Wooden Blue in December of 94. It sold about 2,000 copies all together and is now out of print.,
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  13. https://www.moderndrummer.com/2004/05/zach-lind/, Zach Lind of Jimmy Eat World, 2004-05, Modern Drummer,
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 http://www.mtv.com/news/1445450/pop-goes-the-emo-on-jimmy-eat-worlds-bleed-american/, Pop Goes Emo on Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American, Wallace, Brian, 2001-07-26, Mtv.com, Viacom, 2021-02-25,
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  21. http://www.mtv.com/news/1444151/sorry-ladies-blink-182s-tom-delonge-gets-hitched/, Sorry, Ladies: Blink-182's Tom Delong Gets Hitched, Moss, Corey, 2001-05-31, mtv.com, Viacom, 2021-02-25,
  22. 22.0 22.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20160815024153/http://www.mondosonoro.com/entrevistas/america-sangra/, America Sangra, Luna, Joan S., 2001-11-05, Mondosonoro.com (in Spanish), Mondosonoro.com, 2021-02-25,
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  29. http://www.theaquarian.com/2011/06/01/interview-with-tom-linton-from-jimmy-eat-world-re-invented/, Interview with Tom Linton from Jimmy Eat World: Re-Invented, Fioletta, Alicia, 2011-06-01, The Aquarian Weekly, The Aquarian Weekly, 2021-03-02, For this year’s Record Store Day you released a deluxe three-LP vinyl set for Bleed American, which included some B-sides and rare tracks. What was the primary purpose for releasing this to your audience? Are you fans of the holiday, or was it more to do something special for your audience? I think the main thing was that it was the 10th anniversary of the album and we wanted to do something cool for our fans. So for the deluxe version of Bleed American, we just put together all of the demos, a lot of live performances, and pretty much anything we could find from around the time the record came out and combined it all for a special release on Record Store Day.,
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External Links

Jimmy Eat Pod Episode Link: https://www.jimmyeatpod.com/047-bleed-american/

https://genius.com/Jimmy-eat-world-bleed-american-lyrics

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_Channel_memorandum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dcTM2XAuBI