Song of the Week: “Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault” by Jawbreaker

by Douglas Cowie on 31 May 2019

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault” by Jawbreaker:

Every year the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, in addition to putting on Shellac on Saturday night, has a couple bands that hit a big or small heyday in the 1990s, and so I get to have a weird double-experience of seeing a band and remembering when I saw them as a teenager or whatever. I think the word for this is nostalgia. But actually, it’s not just nostalgia. Anyway, I gotta pack up for the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona. I was pleasantly surprised to find Jawbreaker on the lineup this year. I really like this song, about going to a party, in particular. It’s a moment of small genius when the guy sings, “It sounded good / I felt ashamed / I knew every drum fill,” and the music follows with that short syncopated drum fill.

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