With only one full-length album to their name alongside a handful of singles and compilation tracks, CAP’N JAZZ left a longstanding impression and irrefutable influence on the region’s bohemian punk scene and unwittingly spawned a breeding ground for future scene stars such as the Promise Ring and Joan Of Arc. Analphabetapolothology (JT1036) compiles thirty-four songs that span the band’s entire history – six tracks of which are previously unreleased. Traces of their sonic fingerprint permeate hundreds of indie records released in their wake. This is why.
released January 8, 1998
Tim Kinsella: Vocals
Victor Villareal: Guitar, Vocals
Davey vonBohlen: Guitar, Vocals on Disc 1
Sam Zurick: Bass
Mike Kinsella: Drums
Released January 8 1998
Tracks 1-12 originally released as “Burritos, inspiration point, card in the
spokes, automatic biographies, kites, kung fu, trophies, banana peels we’ve
slipped on and egg shells we’ve tippy toed over.” LP/CD on Mark Corley’s
Man With Gun Records. Recorded December 1994 by Casey Rice at Idful Music
Corporation. “Kitty, kitty cats” on Little League by Anja Westerweck.
Kevin J. Frank appears on the piano in Bluegrass. Track 6′s “I’m dying to
tell you I’m dying. I don’t need a reason” are Bob Nanna’s words. Refer to
Friction’s “Auburn” ca. 1994. FORGET WHO WE ARE. OLERUD. The last twp
songs ever written and polar opposites of each other. Written in the “C”
tuning now made infamous by the Promise Ring. Recorded live by Adam Jacob’s
Sonic Archives Mobile Recording Unit at the Fireside Bowl, July 7,
1995—their last show in Chicago. OOH DO I LOVE YOU. TAKE ON ME. TOKYO.
HEY MA . . . Except for Take on Me, none of these recordings were ever
considered finished or intended to be released. Take on Me was supposed to
be on some 80′s covers compilation which apparently never cane to fruition
and Hey Ma . . . Ended up on Matt Werth’s File 13 Records’ “We’ve Lost
Beauty” comp. It features Mike doing most of the singing while Tim
harmonica’d. Recorded March 1995 by Robroy Campbell and Kevin J. Frank on
Elliot Dicks’ old 8-track. Elliot then fixed up the sound a little in
August 1997, but there really wasn’t much he could do.
WE ARE SCIENTISTS! SEA TEA. TROUBLED BY INSECTS. Originally released as
“Sometimes if you stand further away from something, it does not seem as
big. Sometimes you can stand so close to something you can not tell what
you are looking at.” 7″ on Underdog Records. Recorded October 1993 by Neal
Jensen and Kevin J. at Old Plank. Kevin also played guitar noise on Sea
Tea. ROCKY ROCOCO. was recorded at the same time and originally released on
the “Nothing Dies With Blue Skies” split 7″ with Friction on Scott Snot’s
own Shakefork Records. All tracks include guest bass player Sudden Porthole.
Tracks 5-9 recorded by Neal Jensen at Old Plank, June 1993. IN THE CLEAR.
NO USE FOR . . . Originally released Pete Havernak’s Subfuse Records’ “How
the Midwest was Won” double 7″ comp. SORIA. Originally released on Basil
Shadid’s Further Beyond Records’ “Picking More Daises” double 7″ comp.
SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS. Originally released on Shakefork Records’ “It’s a
Punk Thing” comp. BLUEGRASS. Originally released on Mark Pearsall’s Slave
Cut Records’ “Ghost Dance” double 7″ comp. Four different labels, one
medium sized suburb. WINTER WONDERLAND. Originally released on The Rocco
Empires’ “A Very Punk Christmas” comp. Recorded in time for Christmas 1993
by cousin Andrew J. Blake in his basement with the Kinsella mother on the
keys and a chorus of cousins. Ben Weasel called it “the proof that caP’n
Jazz is the crudiest and most pretentious band in Chicago.” THEME FROM
90210. Originally released on Icky’s Red Dawg Records’ “Punk TV” comp.
Recorded Spring 1995 in our parents’ basement on a 4-track, Mike playing all
the guitars and Tim the drum. AOK. GEHEIM. SERGIO VALENTE. EASY DRIVER.
Originally released as “Boys 16-18 Years . . . Age of Action” 7″ on Further
Beyond Records. Recorded March 1993 by Neal Jensen at Old Plank. Backing
vocals on Geheim by Kevin J. Backing vocals on Sergio Valente by Erik
Bocek, Keven J., Neal, Aaron Lipke, and Shane Mason. OOH DO I LOVE YOU.
Originally released on Braid’s Core for Care’s “Ooh Do I Love You,” double
CD comp. Recorded on our 4-track well after CaP’n Jazz broke up, Mike on
guitar and Tim singing = the Kink’d Rakes.
Compiled by Casey Rice at Dhanse Howll Qlazikx October 1997
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side, NJ
Layout by Jason Gnewikow
Live Photos by Shawn Scallen
Others by Kevin J, Jenny Tabor, Donna Kinsella, and the Band