Jimmy Eat World (album)

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Jimmy Eat World (album)
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Jimmy Eat World (1994) Album Cover
Released: 1994-01-23
Studio: Phoenix Recording Company
Length: 37:56
Tracks: 11
Label: Wooden Blue (I.S.Y. 004)
Producer: Jimmy Eat World, Steve Naugton

Jimmy Eat World, not to be confused with Bleed American or Jimmy Eat World (Extended play), is the debut studio album by Jimmy Eat World in 1994 on Wooden Blue Records.

Recording Details

Jimmy Eat World is the debut studio album by Jimmy Eat World in 1994-12 [1] on Wooden Blue Records. Wooden Blue was a Phoenix, AZ independent record label in the late 1980s to early 1990s run by Joel Leibow and Jeremy Yocum [2]. The band's earlier 7", One, Two, Three, Four, was also released with Wooden Blue. There were 2,000 copies [3] [4] [5] run with two versions (Presumably 1000 of each), one with a black disc and one with one silver [6]. Both have the same rocket/stars art on the disc.

The album displays their early sound with guitarist and vocalist Tom Linton singing lead on most of the songs on this album (The one song on this album that is sung by Jim Adkins is Usery) [7] The album also marks one of the few appearances of bass guitarist Mitch Porter. The album was recorded at the Phoenix Recording Company with Steve Naugton who took care of engineering, production, and recording. Jimmy Eat World was mastered at Mind's Eye Digital by Larry Elyea [1]

The album cover photo features "what looks like a home movie still of Tom Linton’s younger brothers Jim and Ed Linton. in the still, Jim is noogeying his younger sibling Ed. Jim and Ed, who fought frequently,with Jim usually winning were the origin of the Band's name. After one incident Ed sought revenge by making a crayon drawing a fattened version of of Jim shoving the Earth into his mouth; the picture bore the caption "Jimmy eat world", thus providing the band with its name." [7] [5] (Note: this photo is featured on the 1993/'94_Demo_Cassette.) Jim Schroeder (Credited as "Schroeder") did the layout and design of the album and Craig Robeson did the remaining photography. The album is copyrighted to "Jimmy Egg Rolls" [1]

For the writing of this album and other songs of the era the band claimed as influences such pop-punk bands as Mr. T Experience (MTX), Radon, and Horace Pinker. [8]


The album had limited distribution and didn't chart.

In 2012, The A.V. Club's Jason Heller noted, "It's long been out of print, and there’s a good reason for it. It’s not terrible, but it doesn't represent what the band would become." [9] Heller goes on to note that Jimmy Eat World was emulating bands like NOFX, Face To Face, and J Church before finding their eventual sound [9]. Critics such as Dan Caffrey have reviewed the album in retrospectives that this album "definitely isn’t the band’s best, it’s by no means a bad record, even if it’s a bit 'outside' the rest of their catalog." [7] It's the most Tom Linton-heavy record in terms of his vocals which Caffrey noted have a "rough energy." Some hints of what to come where there such as "their penchant for having one song with an epic run-time on almost every album" [7].

One reviewer said of the album, "It’s gnarled, almost punkish aggression is closest to Static Prevails, but without the contemplation and atmosphere." [7]

An AV Club review for the Damage Album said "The ninth song, 'Reason 346,' hinted at the future. [It] found the band stretching out. True, it starts off as fairly typical pop-punk, but around the 2:30 mark the song pulls back, with just drummer Zach Lind and then-bassist Mitch Porter playing quietly. After a few seconds, Adkins’ voice joins, sounding like he’s about 10 feet away from the mic. One of the guitars returns, with clean single notes. An acoustic playing chords joins after that. Then, almost at the 3:30 mark exactly, everything kicks in for a cathartic instrumental coda. At that moment, it’s easy to see Static Prevails in the distance." [10]

This has not been re-pressed by the band, one writer who had interviewed the band about this album reflected "the band’s self-titled debut is so un-Jimmy Eat World that they decided never to re-press it. [7]

Track Listing

Track Title Length Lead Vocals
1 Chachi 2:57 Tom Linton
2 Patches 3:34 Tom Linton
3 Amphibious 1:42 Tom Linton
4 Splat Out of Luck 2:19 Tom Linton
5 House Arrest 2:26 Tom Linton
6 Usery 3:18 Jim Adkins
7 Wednesday 2:10 Tom Linton
8 Crooked 4:07 Tom Linton
9 Reason 346 4:24 Tom Linton
10 Scientific 7:01 Tom Linton
11 Cars 3:39 Tom Linton


Jimmy Eat World

Additional musicians

Additional Personnel

See Also

Bleed American (album)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World, 1994-12, Wooden Blue Records ‎– I.S.Y. 004, 2021-05-26,
  2. https://myspace.com/woodenbluerecords, Wooden Blue Records, MySpace, MySpace, 2021-05-26,
  3. http://www.jimmyeatworld.net/history.html, history, Jimmy Eat World, 1998, Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World, 2022-03-24, Pre-J.E.W.(1993-94) Jim and Zach met in pre-school. They started playing music together in their jr. high years in the form of instrumental Metallica songs and occasionally playing "Mr. Brownstone" by G and R. Rick and Tom met in junior high. They started a band together in their high school years by the name of "Cornbread". Zach met Tom in high school and they started a band called "No Longer Plaid" which played one show with the Offspring and then quit. oh well. Tom and Zach continued to play after the band quit and were looking for a bass player. In the meantime, Zach and Jim were still playing and hanging out occasionally and Rick and Tom were hanging out and also maintaining the band "Cornbread" which was now called "Grimus", the fictitious McDonald's character who used to hang out with Ronald McDonald and the Hamburgler. (If anyone out there is struggling to find a name for their band, get in touch with Tom. He will come up with a dousy) Anyway, Zach and Tom invited Jim to play bass with them and see if they could get something going, but instead of bringing his bass guitar, Jim showed up with his 6 string guitar to have a duel with Tom. Now, keep in mind that Jim and Tom didn't know each other, have never meet before. So, it was sort of a "let's see what you can do" guitar duel that was going on in Zach's garage and it was driving Zach nuts! Well, to be honest, it didn't look good. It didn't seem to be enough room in the same band for Jim and Tom, but everyone was still willing to give it one more shot. So, Zach, Tom, and Jim met again in Zach's garage and started messing around with a little more direction and Tom and Jim were starting to come up with some pretty cool stuff. Zach was really happy. At this point, 3/4 of what make up the band today were jamming regularly in Zach's garage without a bass player. OK, so we needed a bass player and the natural thing was for Tom to ask Rick if he wanted to join and play bass. Rick turned down the offer for God knows why and we were left scratching our heads. I think it was because Rick's girlfriend at the time didn't let him, but that is still up for dispute. Anyway, we still needed a bass player and Jim knew this guy Mitch Porter from another band that Jim used to be in called "No Reason Boner"(quite possibly the worst band name in the history of band names, well maybe not as bad as Jimmy Eat World, but it was pretty bad). So we asked Mitch to come down to the garage and see if he would fit and it seemed to work so were a complete four piece band. So we practiced, recorded our songs with boom box and were having a great time. 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. Capitol(Late 1994-95) We were playing a benefit at the Nile Theater (by the way, boycott this place) in Mesa and after we played an A&R rep. from Capitol approached saying "Hi, My name is so-and-so and I am from Capitol Records and I want to meet with you tomorrow morning for breakfast." So we went to breakfast and he said we would get big houses and fast cars so we signed after we got through the buffet line. Mitch out, Rick in(During Breakfast) Well, during breakfast with the Capitol rep., Mitch decided to go to Costa Rica and be a door-to-door salesman for two years instead, so we invited Rick to breakfast and he had some toast and sold his soul in one brisk, sweeping motion, just as the rest of us had. Rick was now our new bass player. Summary(1993-?) So here we are about 5 years later and we are still rockin' and having fun. That is our history., https://web.archive.org/web/20000304160437/http://www.jimmyeatworld.net/history.html, 2000-05-04
  4. https://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/all-you-can-eat/Content?oid=1069787, All You Can Eat, Seigel, Stephen, 2002-02-14, Tuscon Weekly, 2021-05-21, it
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://www.jimmyeatworld.net/faq.html, f.a.q., Jimmy Eat World, 1999, Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Eat World, 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!!!!!!, https://web.archive.org/web/19991129023344/http://www.jimmyeatworld.net/faq.html, 1999-11-29
  6. https://www.discogs.com/master/415635-Jimmy-Eat-World/reviews, soundforlanguage, 2019-04-20, Discogs, Jimmy Eat World - Jimmy Eat World — soundforlanguage April 20, 2019 referencing Jimmy Eat World, CD, Promo, I.S.Y. 004 There are only two pressings in existence, one with a black disc, one silver. Both have the same rocket/stars art. This is definitely a bootleg and should be removed from Discogs. Sorry you got a fake copy. Hopefully you've found an authentic one since then.,
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 https://consequence.net/2021/07/dissected-jimmy-eat-world-with-jim-adkins/7/, Dissected: Jimmy Eat World (with Jim Adkins), Caffrey; Kaye; Gerber, Dan; Ben; Justin, 2021-07-23, https://consequence.net, 2022-03-24,
  8. Book Your Own Fuckin' Life #3: Do-It-Yourself Resource Guide (pg. 3), 1994, Maximum Rocknroll, 2022-03-25, JIMMY EAT WORLD Jim Adkins, {REDACTED} An incredible four piece from East Mesa. Strongly influenced by MTX, Radon, and Horace Pinker, but don't let these fool you. Demo cassette available for $3., https://archive.org/details/BookYourOwnFuckinLife3/page/n5/mode/2up,
  9. 9.0 9.1 https://music.avclub.com/how-jimmy-eat-world-s-the-middle-became-the-best-song-1798233196, How Jimmy Eat World's 'The Middle' Became the Best Song for a Bad Time", Heller, Jason, 2012-09-14, The A.V. Club, The A.V. Club, 2021-02-25,
  10. https://music.avclub.com/jimmy-eat-world-would-like-everyone-to-forget-about-re-1798238718, Jimmy Eat World would like everyone to forget about “Reason 346”, Ryan, Kyle, 2013-06-14, AV Club, 2021-02-01, The band that released Jimmy Eat World and the one that released Damage is the same in name only. Well, mostly. The ninth song, “Reason 346,” hinted at the future. While most of Jimmy Eat World is forgettable pop-punk (though I still love the opener, “Chachi”), “Reason 346” found the band stretching out. True, it starts off as fairly typical pop-punk, but around the 2:30 mark the song pulls back, with just drummer Zach Lind and then-bassist Mitch Porter playing quietly. After a few seconds, Adkins’ voice joins, sounding like he’s about 10 feet away from the mic. One of the guitars returns, with clean single notes. An acoustic playing chords joins after that. Then, almost at the 3:30 mark exactly, everything kicks in for a cathartic instrumental coda. At that moment, it’s easy to see Static Prevails in the distance (not that Jimmy Eat World’s especially happy with that album, either). Jimmy Eat World would probably say the band found its footing on Clarity, and no one would argue that. But I still love those old songs, too. When I picked up a Japanese import version of the band’s B-sides and singles compilation back in 2001, I was delighted to see “Reason 346” on it. I like to think Jimmy Eat World secretly appreciates that old song too. (I’m probably wrong.),

External Links

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Eat_World_(1994_album)

Discogs https://www.discogs.com/artist/82079-Jimmy-Eat-World