Where To Start With…Less Than Jake
Florida ska punks Less Than Jake have been going for over 20 years now and have just dropped their ninth album See The Light this week.
Perennially on tour and still a real favourite with lots of punters, Less Than Jake’s catalogue has more than a few bangers in it. But, if you’re coming late to the band, there’s quite a lot of music for you to catch up on. So, with that in mind, here is hmv.com’s guide to Less Than Jake’s 10 best moments:
‘All My Best Friends Are Metalheads’
Upbeat, powered by a lively horn section and with a chorus that’s pure bubblegum pop-punk, this is everything that’s brilliant about Less Than Jake in a three and a half minute package. Still a favourite at 2am in rock clubs every weekend.
'The Rest Of My Life'
Taken from the decidedly mellow 2006 effort In With The Out Crowd, ‘The Rest Of My Life’ retains the band’s pop sensibilities with a nice melancholic touch too.
‘History Of A Boring Town’
Built around a slinky guitar riff before building into a stomping rock song, this track showcases the love/hate relationship have with their hometown.
‘Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sellouts’
This is Less Than Jake at their punkiest, with a stupidly quick tempo and a driving chorus, this is a brilliant, shout-a-long, anthem. It first came out 18 years ago and is still a live favourite to this day.
‘Gainesville Rock City’
Another track inspired by the band’s hometown of Gainesville, this surging, chant-a-long track remains Less Than Jake’s most well-known and one of their most beloved tracks. It still kills live too.
The closing track to 2003’s Anthem, this is a chugging rock song with a big, arms in the way, chorus and a grinding guitar riff reminiscent of classic Ramones.
‘Jen Doesn’t Like Me Anymore’
Taken from 1996’s Losing Streak, this bratty, super-quick creation harks back to Dude Ranch era Blink-182, with the same nagging hooks and hum-a-long bridge. Superb.
‘The Science Of Selling Yourself Short’
The second single to emerge from Anthem, this is a slow-downed, horn-infused ditty that paid tributes to the world’s slackers and underachievers. Stupidly catchy and rousing, vintage Less Than Jake.
‘Malt Liquor Tastes Better When You’ve Got Problems’
Sardonic, but just as fun as the rest of their back catalogue, this cut from 1998’s Borders And Boundaries is both laugh-out-loud funny and sing-a-long catchy.
‘Overrated (Everything Is)’
A lean, pile-driving rock song which has combines a sludgy guitar riff with a spiky pop-punk chorus. Amazing.