Clear Hearts Grey Flowers

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Clear Hearts Grey Flowers
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 17, 2000
StudioThe Mouse House Studio, Los Angeles, CA
  • 404 Music
  • Risk
ProducerChris Vrenna
Jack Off Jill chronology
Covetous Creature
Clear Hearts Grey Flowers
Humid Teenage Mediocrity 1992-1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Metal Hammer7/10[3]
Rock Sound[4]

Clear Hearts Grey Flowers is the second and final studio album by Jack Off Jill, released on July 17, 2000, through 404 Music and Risk Records. It was produced by Chris Vrenna of Nine Inch Nails/Tweaker.

Due to the closure of Risk Records in January 2000 and the breakup of legendary riot goth band Jack Off Jill shortly after the album's release, Clear Hearts Grey Flowers received minimal promotion. However, the album's popularity grew through the internet and word of mouth and helped cement Jack Off Jill a cult following in the years following its release.[5][6] Clear Hearts Grey Flowers was issued on vinyl for the first time by Sympathy For The Record Industry in 2006.

On May 26, 2021, Poppy released a cover of "Fear of Dying". The cover mainly keeps in line with the original song, which was recorded as a single.[7]


Clear Hearts Grey Flowers was intended for release on March 14, 2000.[8] However, in December 1999, it became apparent that the band's label, the Los Angeles-based Risk Records (a subsidiary of Risk Music Group), was deeply in debt from investing too much money in unsuccessful alternative rock acts. After trying and failing to sell Jack Off Jill "for ludicrous amounts of money" to major record labels, Risk Records went bankrupt in January 2000, which resulted in all of the label's staff, including the band's A&R rep, being laid off.[9] Subsequently, Jack Off Jill and Clear Hearts Grey Flowers were transferred over to 404 Music, another Risk Music Group label based in Atlanta.[9][10]

On April 10, 2000, Jack Off Jill performed a showcase of the album at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California, with Chris Vrenna filling in on drums.[11] This performance turned out to be Jack Off Jill's final show before their breakup, with Jessicka stating that the band had no plans to tour in support of the album.[12]

404 Music did little to promote Clear Hearts Grey Flowers, which was released on July 17, 2000. In August 2000, Jack Off Jill officially broke up, with Jessicka citing "the stress of years of bad decisions, our record company being very unstable, the deterioration of mine and my bass players partnership, and the fact that we just couldn’t and didn’t want to fake it."[6][12][13]


The cover of Clear Hearts, Grey Flowers is a painting by Mark Ryden with the same name. The blonde woman in the album's cover art was speculated[by whom?] to be either:

  • a representation of guitarist Helen Storer of the UK all-female band Fluffy, who joined Jack Off Jill onstage once for their farewell performance at The Troubadour in Los Angeles in April 2000. On Jack Off Jill's website it said Storer was the blonde;[14] or
  • Michelle Inhell, the band's original guitarist, who temporarily rejoined Jack Off Jill and cowrote two songs on this album.

Singer Jessicka later revealed on her website that she had sketched the concept for Mark Ryden and that the third woman was actually supposed to be a combination of both Inhell and Storer, who were both blonde at the time of the recording.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Jessicka Addams and Robin Moulder, except where noted

Clear Hearts Grey Flowers track listing
1."When I Am Queen"
2."Fear of Dying"
  • Addams
  • Moulder
  • Walsh
3."Nazi Halo" 2:41
4."Rabbiteen" 3:17
5."Strawberry Gashes"
  • Addams
  • Moulder
  • Michelle Oliver
  • Walsh
6."Author Unknown" 2:35
7."Vivica" 5:07
8."Witch Hunt" 2:22
9."Cinnamon Spider"Addams2:49
10."Underjoyed" 2:53
11."Surgery" 4:33
12."Star No Star"
13."Losing His Touch"
  • Addams
  • Moulder
  • Oliver
  • Walsh
14."Clear Hearts, Grey Flowers" 3:15
66."Lovesong" (The Cure cover)Robert Smith3:34


  • Tracks 15–65 are blank, 0:06 each.


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[16]


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  4. ^ Selzer, Johnathan (November 2000). "Reviews: Rock". Rock Sound. UK: Freeway Press (18): 86.
  5. ^ "Cult heroes: Jack Off Jill's underground following has made them legends". the Guardian. August 11, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Pettigrew, Jason. "Legendary riot-goths Jack Off Jill cheat death again to reform for one night". Alternative Press Magazine. Retrieved October 24, 2022.
  7. ^ Battoclette, Augusta (May 26, 2021). "Poppy unleashes gritty rendition of 'Fear Of Dying'—listen". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on July 19, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2021."
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  12. ^ a b "Jessicka from Jack Off Jill on Band Reunion | Performer Mag". Retrieved October 24, 2022.
  13. ^ "JOJ". September 28, 2013. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2022.
  14. ^ "The OFFICIAL Jack Off Jill – Website :: Archive :: Store". Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  15. ^ Jessicka FAQ.[1] Archived 2007-05-02 at the Wayback Machine April, 2003
  16. ^ Clear Hearts Grey Flowers (booklet). Jack Off Jill. Atlanta: Risk Records/404 Music Group. 2000. RSK-4113.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)