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Released: 1996-07-23
Length: 4:34
Label: Capitol Records
Writer: Jimmy Eat World
Producer: Mark Trombino, Wes Kidd, Jimmy Eat World, Craig Aaronson

Caveman is a track 8 off of the second studio album Static Prevails by Jimmy Eat World. It was released on 1996-07-23, through Capitol Records.

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A monster lives in your backyard

The 2x4's are making their way around

The big get bigger when the fight's done

I found that secret door

A man with a shovel's going to dig deep down

To find out where it feeds

A house

A catalog full of nothing good

The white house ponders no remorse

The big get bigger when the fight's done

I found that secret door

A man with a shovel's going to dig deep down

To find out where it feeds

A house

It seems like a drag to be torn apart by unexpected hands

It's in your name

It's in your face

I'm wrong again

Recording Details

Jimmy Eat World released their self-titled debut studio album in 1994, through local label Wooden Blue Records. [1] As the members left high school, Jim Adkins was part of a production company with Joel Leibow, co-founder of Wooden Blue. The production company listed itself in Maximumrocknroll's guide Book Your Own Fuckin' Life, which assisted bands, promoters, and venues to book shows across the United States. After being contacted by Christie Front Drive for a show, Leibow asked the band to do a split single with Jimmy Eat World. [2] Various major labels contacted the band and asked for a tape of their music, Zach Lind shared "We'd been called by a couple of majors, but it was nothing serious at all. It was like, 'Send a tape,' whatever." [3] A talent scout from Capitol went to a show to check out Sense Field; however, the opening act, Christie Front Drive, caught their attention. The scout asked them if they had new material he could hear, with the band responding by mentioning they had released a split with Jimmy Eat World. [4] Sometime later, a staff member at Capitol was in the audience, and approached them about a deal, Lind shares: "...the Capitol thing came out of the blue. We played a big benefit at the Nile Theater for a guy who got into a scooter accident, and someone from Capitol just came to the show. He saw us and liked us, and it kind of went from there." [3]

Jimmy Eat World had signed with Capitol Records in mid-1995, they signed a development deal with the label that included one album, which became Static Prevails, with the possibility for six more. [5] [6] Around this time, bassist Mitch Porter became a Mormon missionary, and left the band. [3] Carrier bassist Rick Burch, who guitarist Tom Linton had been best friends with since the seventh grade, replaced Porter. [5] When Jimmy Eat World was searching for an engineer to record what would become Static Prevails they came across former Drive Like Jehu drummer Mark Trombino. The band recorded two songs with him at Big Fish in Encinitas, California, Opener and 77 Satellites, both of which were released through record label An Industry for Outer Space on 7" vinyl.[2] The recording process was hampered by recurring clashes with Capitol executives who insisted the band rework some of their songs and write new ones. [7]The label wanted the band to write new songs in a rehearsal space in Los Angeles with the production team of Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf. Eventually a compromise was reached allowing for the band to work with their choice of producers, Mark Trombino and Wes Kidd of labelmates Triple Fast Action for the bulk of the album but having Rothrock and Schnapf mix the two songs the label wanted to release (Rockstar and Seventeen); the band were also given a producer credit. Capitol included the two songs on promotional samplers that were sent to programming directors at radio stations; the label said it was part of a development process it had for the band. The Dallas Observer said the sampler and a lack of promotion were seen as the label cutting its losses. [3] [8]

The band did pre-production at Mind's Eye Digital in Mesa, Arizona, with engineer Larry Elyea. Static Prevails was recorded in 1995 at Sound City in Los Angeles, and at Big Fish in Encinitas, California. [8] Billy Bowers and Jeff Sheehan served as assistant engineers at Sound City. [8] When Jimmy Eat World recorded Seventeen, it initially featured the chorus line "You're only seventeen"; however, when they realized it sounded too similar to a song by Winger, at which point Tom Linton changed the lyrics, and the band re-recorded it.[9] Trombino, who also acted as engineer, mixed all of the tracks, apart from Rockstar and Seventeen, in Studio C at Capitol Studios. Peter Doell, Billy Smith, and Steve Genewick worked as assistant engineers at Capitol. Rothrock and Schnapf mixed Rockstar and Seventeen at Sunset Sound, with Cappy Japngie serving as an assistant engineer. [8] Stephen Marcussen mastered all of the recordings at Precision Mastering, while Craig Aaronson served as the executive producer. [8]

The sound of Static Prevails and the issues with Capitol was, in part, due to a shift away from the pop-punk sound in the vein of NOFX, Rocket from the Crypt, and J Church found in their earlier work, and into post-hardcore and emo. [10] [11] [12] The band had picked up a penchant for slower, more melodic bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Tortoise, and Seam, and their newfound influences showed on the album. [4] Drummer Zach Lind attributed this change in style to listening to Christie Front Drive, who they found to be "really melodic but still very powerful". [10] Lind played in a more aggressive and noisier style of rock-oriented drumming, with elements of his punk rock roots. [10] The album also marked a fairly even split on lead vocals almost evenly between Linton and Adkins. [13] Ted Simon compared Adkins' vocals to those of the Replacements' frontman Paul Westerberg. [3] In addition to playing the drums, Lind played the accordion and the concertina. Eric Richter of Christie Front Drive provided additional vocals on Digits, while Kidd played an acoustic guitar on Claire, Sarah Pont played violin, and Trombino contributed on the Moog synthesizer. [8] After the band handed in Static Prevails, Tom Linton shared that the staff at Capitol were "bummed [...] Just guys being like, 'Uh ... this is a lot different than what we expected'" [4] Jimmy Eat World toured the West Coast of the US in anticipation of the album between 1996-05 and 1996-06 [14]

Static Prevails, Jimmy Eat World's first major-label album was released on 1996-07-23 [15] [16]The cover artwork features a sideways photo of chimneys, taken on a rooftop in Denver, Colorado, by Ambient Band's Paul Drake. [8] [17] The original vinyl version featured different artwork, and included the bonus 7" vinyl of In the Same Room and 77 Satellites. [18] Capitol released Call It in the Air as the lead single in 1996 on a 7" vinyl, with Rockstar as the B-side. [19] Jimmy Eat World promoted Static Prevails with a mini US tour along the West; later, the band embarked on a tour with the Smoking Popes and the Figgs. [3] [20] There was a cross-country tour with Sense Field in early 1997. [3][21] A three-way split single that was released through Crank! A Record Company featured Jimmy Eat World, Sense Field, and Mineral. Sometime after this, Jimmy Eat World included Crush on a split single with Jejune that was released through Big Wheel Recreation. [22]

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  1. Jimmy Eat World I.S.Y. 004, Jimmy Eat World, 1994, Wooden Blue Records, 2021-03-07,
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Singles CDHOLE049, Jimmy Eat World, 2001, Golf Records, 2021-03-07,
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6, Givin' Us Static, Simons, Ted, 1996-08-08, Phoenix New Times, Phoenix New Times, 2021-03-07,
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2, Jimmy Eat World (for Now), Ozzi, Dan, 2016-10-12, Vice, Vice, 2021-03-07,
  5. 5.0 5.1, Jimmy Eat World | Biography & History, Leahey, Andrew, AllMusic, AllMusic, 2021-02-23,
  6., Jimmy Eat World – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of 'Clarity', King, Ian, 2019-02-22, Under the Radar, Under the Radar, 2021-02-23,
  7., Clarity prevails, Crain, Zac, 1999-03-04, Dallas Observer, Dallas Observer, 2021-03-07,
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Static Prevails CDP 7243 5 39615 0 3, Jimmy Eat World, 1996, Capitol Records, 2021-03-07,
  9., f.a.q., Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World, 2021-03-07, Frequently Asked Questions. O.K. Over the past year that this website has been up, there have been many questions that are coming up over, and over, and over, and over. So we decided to make this as easy as possible for everyone and list these troubling questions and them give them an answer. here is the truth. 1. How did you get your name? This is the story. Tom has many brother and sisters and sometimes they get in scuffles. So, one day two of Tom's younger brothers were feuding. They were Ed and Jimmy, Ed being the youngest of the two. So like always, the older brother is getting the better of the younger one and the insults started flying. Well, Jimmy finally just locked his little brother out of the room that they shared and Ed was getting really flustered. So Ed did what any 8 year old would do, he broke out the crayons and drew a picture of his chubby, older brother Jimmy shoving what appeared to be the earth into his gapping mouth. The caption at the bottom read "jimmy eat world". Ed placed the masterpeice on the fridge in the kitchen for all to see. We thought that was really funny and decided to name our band after the caption. 2. Where can I get the lyrics for Clarity? In the booklet that comes with the cd. 3. Where can I get tabs for Clarity, Static, etc.? We don't know. You'll just have to listen really hard. 4. Where can I get the first cd? I have been looking all over! Our first cd, the self titiled full length, is out of print and is not really available anywere. You can see if it is available on ebay or in a used bin somewhere. Only 2,000 copies were pressed so it will be tough. 5. What is that songs that goes "WHOAA, WHOAA, WHOAA!!!"? That song is titled "Sweetness". It is not out on anything at the moment but it will be coming out sometime, somehow. 6. Is Tom dating Kate Moss? Well, that is none of your buisiness. 7. Why are the lyrics of the song "Seventeen" different in the movie "Never Been Kissed"? O.K. This is the deal. When we first recorded that song for Static Prevails, the lyrics were like they are in the movie with Tom singing "Your Only Seventeen!" in the chorus. We thought that sounded a little too much like the Winger song, so we made Tom change the lyrics. So, he went back in the studio and recorded what you now hear on Static. Well, Capitol remembered that we had a version of the song with the "Seventeen" lyric in it and thought it would fit really well in the movie, and it turned out that it did fit really well. So they said that if we let them use that version, we could meet Drew Berrymore, so we said, "Hell Yeah!" We sold out for Drew! 8. Is Rick sponsored by B.C. Rich? Yes. 9. Why don't you have mp3s on this site? Because i don't know how to put it up for you all to download. sorry. I am sure if you looked around you can pirate just about anything and we can't stop you so go ahead. haha. Down with the System!!!!!!,, 1999-11-29
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2, Zach Lind of Jimmy Eat World, 2004-05, Modern Drummer,
  11., The Scene Is Now: Japancore: How Japan Is Helping Emo Get Its Groove Back, Keiper, Nicole, 2001-04, CMJ New Music Monthly, 2021-02-23,
  12., Jimmy Eat World - Clarity & Static Prevails, Guerin, Harry, 2002-09-10, RTÉ, RTÉ, 2021-02-23,
  13., Dissected: Jimmy Eat World (with Jim Adkins), Caffrey, Dan; Kaye, Ben; Gerber, Justin, Consequence of Sound, 2013-06-14, Consequence of Sound, 2021-03-07,
  14. Static Prevails DPRO-11231, Jimmy Eat World, 1996, Capitol Records, 2021-03-07,
  15., Static Prevails - Jimmy Eat World | Release Info, DaRonco, Mike, AllMusic, AllMusic, 2021-02-23,
  16., On the Verge ISSN 1074-6978, Eliscu, Jenny, 1998-05, CMJ New Music Monthly. No. 69., 2021-02-24,
  17., Jimmy Eat World answer your questions / In Depth, Diver, Mike, 2008-03-11, Drowned in Sound, Drowned in Sound, 2021-03-07,
  18. Static Prevails 7243 8 32404 1 8, Jimmy Eat World, 1996, Capitol Records, 2021-03-07,
  19. Call It in the Air S7-19204, Jimmy Eat World, 1996, Capitol Records, 2021-03-07,
  20. /, Rock 'n' roll with Jimmy Eat World, Bartos, Colin, 1996-09-13, The Michigan Daily, The Michigan Daily, 2021-03-07,, 2003-04-25
  21., The Refreshments go prime time, Martin, Dale, 1997-02-14, The Victoria Advocate, 2021-02-23, Punk band "Jimmy Eat World" is planning a world tour that will take them to nearly every state, country, and continent that has electricity. Teaming up with fellow rockers "Sense Field," Jimmy will begin the tour in California and work its way across America. Its Capitol Records debut album, "Static Prevails," is getting rave reviews from radio and MTV. Many fans are calling it the best band from Arizona since the Gin Blossoms. The Refreshments will be at Fitzgeralds In Houston Saturday night and at the VooDoo Lounge in Austin on Sunday.,
  22., Discography, Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World, 2021-02-23,

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