What separated Jawbreaker from other bands of their sound and era were their subtly ironic lyrics: "I don't think I hate you enough to commit you to me," sings Schwarzenbach in "I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both" off of Dear You. "Chemistry" is high school set to music, and "Unlisted Track" is the kind of simple song that makes aspiring 17-year-old songwriters shiver.
Blackball Records, run by Jawbreaker drummer Adam Pfhaler, just re-released Dear You, including five tracks that didn't make the original cut, and the video for "Fireman." Among the bonus tracks is "Shirt," the printed lyrics of which are accompanied by a picture of Kurt Cobain sporting a Jawbreaker shirt. Mostly, the re-issue is a sign that it's really been 10 years since the year punk exploded. and that Dear You has not been lost forever on the shelves of the indie-rock-gone-major-label museum of shame.