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Mesa, Arizona, United States (1993 – present)

Jimmy Eat World formed in Mesa, Arizona, United States in 1993. They are associated with an array of genres including , , and . Singer/guitarist Jim Adkins and drummer Zach Lind, who had been friends since kindergarten, joined forces with co-vocalist/guitarist Tom Linton and bass player Mitch Porter to try their hand at music. In its early years the band emulated the style of their influences, and they eventually recorded and released three singles and a full-length, self-titled album on local label Wooden Blue Records.

The name Jimmy Eat World did not refer to lead singer Jim Adkins. Tom Linton’s younger siblings, Ed and Jimmy, fought constantly when they were younger. Jimmy, who was stronger and heavier, would usually win. On one instance, Ed, as revenge, drew a picture with crayons of Jimmy shoving the entire world into his gaping mouth with the caption, “Jimmy eat world.” The picture, and by extension the band name, may have been inspired by an episode of the cartoon show ‘Tiny Toon Adventures’, where the main characters put on a student film festival. Dizzy Devil’s film, “Dizzy Eat World”, was a 5 second piece drawn crudely in crayon where Dizzy’s gaping jaw engulfed the Earth.

In 1995 the band signed to Capitol Records. Around this time bass player Mitch parted ways with the band and was replaced by Linton’s friend Rick Burch. After a brief scouting for producers, the band joined up with Drive Like Jehu drummer Mark Trombino to record their debut album Static Prevails.


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  • anna-jam

    Love at first listen :)

    4 Apr 7:04pm Reply
  • GuyWhoLikesPie

    Clarity > Bleed American > Futures > Static Prevails > Chase This Light > Invented > Damage > 1994 self-titled

    4 Apr 12:03am Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    I want another European tour.

    2 Apr 10:31pm Reply
  • beerska

    совершенно волшебная группа. никогда не перестану удивляться их красоте. [2]

    2 Apr 6:16pm Reply
  • twoarmedman

    совершенно волшебная группа. никогда не перестану удивляться их красоте.

    28 Mar 5:34pm Reply
  • inthesameroom

    I want another US tour.

    21 Mar 9:55am Reply
  • VydaviGlaza

    @OneRepublic93, True JEW fans already listen all their songs. Include Go Big Casino. Stay On My Side Tonight awesome too x)

    17 Mar 9:57am Reply
  • OneRepublic93

    It's fact BA, Futures and Clarity are their best three records in terms of professional critical acclaim. Most JEW fans will also agree. piedrasdepapel, haha yeah. You should listen to Disintegration from their Stay On My Side Tonight EP. It's easily one of the best songs they've ever done.

    9 Mar 10:18pm Reply
  • lxlmandudelxl

    Chase This Light is definitely my favorite, but I completely understand why there are no top-15 songs from that album -- not uncommon for popular bands

    17 Feb 12:43pm Reply
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  • piedrasdepapel

    @benxander some of their splits' tracks are even better than some of their actual records

    21 Jan 7:39am Reply
  • Hazard02

    why do the songs from "chase this light" aren't in the top 15? it's the best album. <3 [2] sorry but I do totally agree

    21 Jan 1:06am Reply
  • benxander

    You guys are excluding the album: 'Singles' from your lists, the tracks Opener and Ramina deserve to be listened to by JEW fans old and new.

    19 Jan 8:26pm Reply
  • piedrasdepapel

    Bleed American > Clarity > Futures > Static Prevails > Invented > Damage > Chase This Light > s/t

    16 Jan 5:06pm Reply
  • inthesameroom

    Chase This Light is so underrated.

    13 Jan 9:20pm Reply
  • Junior_Lins

    why do the songs from "chase this light" aren't in the top 15? it's the best album. <3

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Milbourne

    How '23' isn't one of the top 15 most listened to tracks of the last 6 months is beyond me. Its a masterpiece. Truly brilliant.

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Sawoi

    my ranking of their albums: Clarity > Invented > Futures > Static Prevails > Bleed American > Chase This Light > Damage > self-titled

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TheCreatedVoid1

    Agreed with the dude who mentioned Digits, it's certainly one of their best if not quite being my favourite. The Static Prevails version is far superior IMO, I mean that ending is one of the greatest ever

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Sawoi

    Just Watch the Fireworks is their best song

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
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