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A Turning Point

I bought this 7-inch from DeSoto's mailorder catalog right around the time I saw Jawbox for the second time. They were playing a free show at Rutgers University. There they played a full set, treating the largely indifferent audience to a fierce debut of what would become their self-titled release for Atlantic Records. I'll never forget what it was like to stand in that room as song after song washed over me. I felt like my face was being ripped off of my skull. It was fantastic. These two songs were twin highlights of that set, demonstrating Jawbox's commitment to marrying cerebral rock with deft melodies and introspective lyricism. Plus, this single rocks my socks off. Like all of Jawbox's singles, these versions are very different from their album counterparts. This single is quite nicely under-produced, giving the listener the feeling of being a fly on the wall. I'd be that bug any day just to hear this band play live again.


Formed: 1989 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

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...
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