Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Splitting the Difference # 36 - Jimmy Eat World/Emery 7" (1995, Ordinary)

It would be no exaggeration to say that I've been on a huge Jimmy Eat World kick lately (not that a lot of you would necessarily care, or in any small way be affected by that, but I digress). The vast majority of their catalog is still in print, and while I could easily go into specifics about my albums of choice by the Mesa, AZ boys done good, I'll focus on this very scarce split single. "Better Than Oh" was recorded as a demo for the band's second album, the pre-stardom Static Prevails. At this phase in their career, the group was splitting the vocals between Jim Adkins (the one who sings all the MTV hits) and Tom Linton, who still resides in the Jimmy Eat World lineup. I'm pretty positive this track has Linton's vocal prints on it, as he possesses quite a distinctive bellow from Adkins. Besides it's appearance on this wax, "Better Than Oh" may have been included on the Japanese version of the combo's quite essential Singles collection, but that incarnation of the album has long been unavailable. BTW, if it's Jimmy demos, rarities or live shows you're looking for, you'll do no better than heading over to vast trove archived at B-Sides "R" Us.

Emery, who I have little biographical info about, inhabited a place called Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Their spirited contribution here, the dissonant "Flesher," makes a convincing case for the band aspiring to the status of Drive Like Jehu proteges of sorts. I think these guys also have a 7" of their own that I have tucked away somewhere... 
 
A. Jimmy Eat World - Better Than Oh

4 comments:

Richard said...

I absolutely love Jimmy Eat World, so don't feel alone. If I had to choose 5 albums I could only hear for the rest of my life, "Clarity" would be one of them. Thanks for this super rare single.

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turbobuddha said...

I am responsible for the Emery song on this split as well the 7" on 9D9 Recordings, that was my label. I am in the process of releasing 4 other songs including Flesher as well the 7" in digital format. The 5 songs were supposed to be a 5 song 12". All songs recorded live in the studio. No overdubs. Emery were amazingly talented! Look forward to this coming this year. You won't be dissapointed. I promise!

spavid said...

Sounds good turbobuddha. I look forward to it as well!