The second Beat Happening album: it rocks killer. Feedback squeals, 11 songs that are heavy like chocolate cake or breath on your neck. Jamboree is hailed as the one that got everyone to stop dawdling & start creating. Calvin, Heather, & Bret: three people with a passion that’s still causing after-shocks, two decades & some change after initial release. Originally a 1988 co-release with Rough Trade in the U.S. and Stephen Pastel’s 53rd & 3rd label in Scotland, Jamboree has been out of print on vinyl since 2004. Includes the original version of “Indian Summer,” since covered by the likes of Ben Gibbard & R.E.M. Nail it to your turntable and arch your back to the primitive beat.
“With Beat Happening, the greatness can seem understated because anyone probably could do what they did, but when considering the egos most acts gain from notoriety in any form, the fact they remained so steadfastly themselves is a landmark for all who embrace true expression to appreciate. Jamboree is the perfect witness to this. The subtle, steadfast drum beat is the chant of a revolution.” – Tiny Mix Tapes.
“The sound of three people bashing–at instruments, at words, at music, whatever, but bashing all the time…this LP inspires all the way through, testament to the DIY aesthetic; don’t think about it, just do it…It’s totally fresh in its minimalism, a solid argument for going out and starting a band just to see what might happen. Beat Happening makes it work–who’s next?” – CMJ, March, 1988.
Tracklist: Bewitched / In Between / Indian Summer / Hangman / Jamboree / Ask Me / Crashing Through / Cat Walk / Drive Car Girl / Midnight A Go-Go / The This Many Boyfriends Club
K Records KLP002