BotM v.3: “J. Jonah Jameson – The Shortest & Longest J” 1995

BotM v.3: “J. Jonah Jameson – The Shortest & Longest J” 1995

Welcome to the 2SJ “Bootleg Of The Month” (BotM) Series!

Our goal is to compile all the available 2SJ live shows (audience & soundboard) that were ever recorded in an archive available for download via in V0 MP3 & FLAC formats – all carefully selected for quality of sound, performance or “2SJ historical value.” The plan is to release one show per month (each month featuring a different year), going as far back as 1991 and continuing til present!

This series features fan-made artwork & packaging, plus scans of any existing handbills/flyers, ads, tickets stubs, etc. from the show itself! As if that weren’t enough, a different band member is going to do a short audio introduction, reflecting on their memories of that specific show!

Most importantly, we offer this as a “pay what you like” donation, with the intent to use any income towards recording new 2SJ material and funding future 2SJ tours! If you’re broke or don’t think we deserve it – it’s YOURS FOR FREE! If you’re rich or think we should record more 2SJ music and tour more, please donate generously! If you’re in the middle, PAY WHAT YOU LIKE!!


Volume 3 of our BotM Series is called:
"J. Jonah Jameson - The Shortest & Longest J"

1995 - 08.24 The Bayou, Virginia Beach, VA

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
1. [J. Jonah Jameson Intro, 2010]
2. (You're A) Champion
3. Pit Boss
4. (I Was Born) Naked
5. BBQ
6. The Best
7. Ladies & The Fellas
8. Skinnee Business*
9. Jive Ass Honkies
10. Godzilla

Disc 2:
1. Space Avengers Return To Base
2. In 2-D
3. Periscope
4. Sensitive 90's Guy
5. Cracker (from Nebraska)
6. Evel Does It
7. I Like The Way You Smell
8. Mindtrick
9. (718)

Special J: mic
J. Jonah Jameson: Interim J (Shortest & Longest J)
King Vitamin: guitar
Eddie Eyeball: bass guitar
Andy Action: drums
Stevie Spice: keys/samples/trombone
* guest drummer on Skinnee Business: Parker "Stevenson" Kindred

This show is a wild one! First of all, this is the only known 2SJ recording with the infamous J. Jonah Jameson (aka Alan Diggs) on co-lead vocals. For purposes of explanation, J Slim had quit the band in the spring of '95 and J Guevara didn't join the band permanently until the fall of '95.
J. Jonah Jameson came on board for the Summer '95 tour and we did 3 months of fun shows with him, many of them in diapers! He holds the distinguished honor of being at once the shortest J (standing at approx 5'4") and the, erm, "longest" J (measuring at 9" limp). Truth. Anyway, he saved our asses that summer and we own him a debt of gratitude. This is our homage to him - thanks Mr. Diggs!

This recording documents the band in a wild transition period. Guitarist Joey Viturbo had quit at the same time as J Split allowing original bassist, Sammy B to return to the 2SJ fold reinvented as "King Vitamin" - this time on guitar! His orange afro & devastating guitar tone combined with his drunky-funky aesthetic really changed the texture of the band - as evidenced by the forthcoming 2SJ EPs under his reign, "Return Of The New & Improved" and especially "Sing, Earthboy, SIng!"

Many of the songs from the early demos are represented here, most notably the the reinvented "Sensitive 90's Guy" featuring a previously unheard "It's all right to cry" chorus, ironically penned by drummer Andy Action. Also notable from this show are the numerous "2nd string" (less well known) 2SJ songs that the band used to pad the obligatory 2 sets required in order to get paid at the smaller clubs on the "cover band" circuit that 2SJ was relegated to at the time. Observe "(Cracker from) Nebraska," "I Like the Way You Smell" and "Ladies" in their natural states - live on stage in very raw form!

Perhaps most noteworthy in this set is the first known recording of "The Best" which Special J strangely announces as "Drama" for unknown reasons, except perhaps as a veiled reference to the band's inner turmoil at the time. This early version of the 2SJ staple features a different arrangement and great blaxploitation vocal delivery by J. Jonah Jameson absent in the more well-known version of this fan favorite.

This audio document offers a snap shot of the world's greatest party band in a very unique transition stage - we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed rediscovering it!

The zipped download includes audio files (MP3 V0 or FLAC)
PLUS a scan of the original cover that Alan Diggs made for his home recording of this show (incorrectly labeled "West Virginia")

This digital download was mastered by Robert Felsted, Jr. & features original artwork by Ramsey "Ramz" Lawson

J Jonah Jameson did the spoken introduction, nearly 16 years later!

It's TOTALLY COOL if you want to download these for free (they're bootlegs!), but please understand that you have to provide a valid, working email address to get the link for the download!
Also, if you give 2SJ a SMALL donation via PayPal, it will go a LONG way toward funding additional 2SJ music & touring into the future! No pressure, though, for realz. 😉
- 2SJ

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