A Jackknife to a Swan

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A Jackknife to a Swan
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 9, 2002
GenreSka punk
ProducerThe Mighty Mighty Bosstones, John Seymour
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A Jackknife to a Swan is the seventh studio album by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. It was released on July 9, 2002, by SideOneDummy Records. This album marked the band's return to an indie label, and was the last album released by the group before their four-year hiatus between 2003 and 2007. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones would not release their next studio album until Pin Points and Gin Joints in 2009.

The album title is a reference to both the elegant Olympic high dive and the death of something beautiful. Dicky Barrett has said in interviews that the title of the album upset his mother greatly, as her maiden name was Swan, as well as her mother's.

An earlier version of "The Old School Off The Bright" was originally featured on a promotional EP titled Fabled Barney and The Population given out at the band's Hometown Throwdown in 2002. The promotional version of the album features an alternate version of the song "Seven Ways to Sunday". "Sugar Free" was later featured in the 2006 movie Beerfest.

The track "I want My City Back" is a lament about the loss of The Rathskeller, commonly called The Rat, the club in Boston where the Bosstones got their start.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stonefavorable[2]

The album reached #131 on the Billboard 200, and #9 on the Top Independent Albums.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Jackknife to a Swan" (Barrett, Burton, Gittleman) – 2:48
  2. "Mr. Moran" (Barrett, Gittleman, Katz) – 3:04
  3. "You Gotta Go!" (Barrett, Gittleman, Katz) – 2:42
  4. "Everybody's Better" (Barrett, Gittleman, Rhodes) – 3:41
  5. "Sugar Free" (Barrett, Gittleman) – 2:44
  6. "I Want My City Back" (Barrett, Katz) – 3:16
  7. "Chasing the Sun Away" (Barrett, Burton) – 3:28
  8. "You Can't Win" (Barrett, Katz) – 3:19
  9. "The Old School Off the Bright" (Barrett, Gittleman) – 2:26
  10. "The Punch Line" (Barrett, Katz) – 3:15
  11. "Go Big" (Barrett, Gittleman) – 2:52
  12. "Shit Outta Luck" (Gittleman) – 2:57
  13. "Seven Ways to Sunday" (Barrett, Gittleman, Katz) – 3:58


  • Dicky Barrett – lead vocals, artwork
  • Lawrence Katz – guitar, backing vocals
  • Joe Gittleman – bass, backing vocals
  • Joe Sirois – drums
  • Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton – saxophone
  • Roman Fleysher – saxophone
  • Chris Rhodes – trombone
  • Ben Carr – Bosstone, vocals
  • Mike Denneen – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Rolf Langsjoen – trumpet
  • Jim Fitting – harmonica, backing vocals
  • Tanya Michelle – backing vocals
  • John Seymour – backing vocals, producer, mixing, engineer
  • Matt Tahaney – assistant engineer
  • Jon Pebsworth – production coordination
  • Carl Plaster – drum technician
  • Andrew Lenoski – graphic design
  • Christian Clayton – cover art
  • Josh Dalsimer – photography


  1. ^ Morris, Kurt. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: A Jackknife to a Swan at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  2. ^ "The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: A Jackknife to a Swan". Rolling Stone. 9 July 2002. Archived from the original on 30 August 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2012.