The Joup Friday Album: Jay Reatard – Singles 06-07

jayreatardHonestly, I’ve always wished that I could have made (and still make) my living playing music.  To be in a band.  To be a musician, on the road, in the studio, on stage or in the corner in clubs and bars and dives across the world.   Or, just as a session guy or recording artist, a local residency to play to a roomful of folks every weekend.  I was in a band for a few years.  We played some shows and recorded an album.  I suppose it could have happened.  But it didn’t.  And now I’m left with some fond, if fading memories, and some halfcocked daydreams that surface when I’m bored…OR when I hear certain songs or albums or artists.  And so, we have the wonderful, all-too-short career of Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., better known to you and me as punk and garage rock troubadour Jay Reatard.

Releasing a seemingly endless amount of LP’s, EP’s, and singles with a whole slew of different bands, Jay Reatard’s discography reads like some kind of prolific, punk rock mad genius’s output, a constant flux of fantastic pop songs pouring from his brain.  As great as all that stuff is, I am partial to his solo work, a beautiful and stomping mix of punk, garage rock, and power pop.  Every release was a can’t-miss kind of release, with the string of EP’s and 7” singles he put out throughout 2006 and 2007 being particularly excellent.  Those songs eventually found their way onto a single collection in 2008 called, adequately enough, Singles 06-07.  It belongs in everyone’s collection, a group of songs that captures the kinetic energy and frenetic, youthful enthusiasm of every best rock concert ever.  Even at its loudest and most chaotic, there’s just something inherently sweet underneath all that ruckus.  And that makes it an utter joy to listen to.  Jams like “Don’t Let Him Come Back,” “Haunting You,” and “Oh, It’s Such a Shame” are all-timers, deserving to be a part of the cultural lexicon, the kind of tunes that can make you want to pick up a guitar and start banging out pop songs yourself.  They certainly do for me.

Tragically, Jay died at 29 years of age, the result of a lethal combination of cocaine and alcohol.  But his albums are still in print, and worthy of your hard-earned bucks.


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Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit

One Response to The Joup Friday Album: Jay Reatard – Singles 06-07
  1. Shawn C. Baker Reply

    Man, from the second this record started the first time I heard it Jay owned me. The Night of Broken Glass is another all-time on an album full of them, as You say. Also, they steal that Nirvana song out from under them.

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