Jerks of Attention

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"Jerks of Attention"
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Single by Jebediah
Released 8 December 1996
Format CD, 7" vinyl single
Recorded August 1996
Genre Alternative rock
Length 10:56
Label Murmur
Writer(s) Chris Daymond, Kevin Mitchell, Brett Mitchell, Vanessa Thornton
Producer(s) Lindsay Gravina, Mikey Alonso
Jebediah singles chronology
"Jerks of Attention"
"Leaving Home"

"Jerks of Attention" was the first single released by Australian alternative rock band, Jebediah. "Jerks of Attention" was recorded in August 1996, in Melbourne at the Birdland Studio, and produced by Lindsay Gravina and Mikey Alonso. "Denver" and "Bosco" however were recorded at the Poons Head Studio in Fremantle and were produced by Chris Dickie and Rob Grant. It was released on 8 December 1996, although its official launch was at the Grosvenor Hotel in Perth, Western Australia on 5 December 1996. The single peaked at No. 62 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[1] "Jerks of Attention" was re-recorded and included on the band's debut album, Slightly Odway (8 September 1997). At the ARIA Music Awards of 1997 Jebediah were nominated as Best New Talent for the single.[2][3] Also that year it received a WAMi Award for "Most Popular Song".[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Jerks of Attention" was the band's first and was filmed in the 'share-house' that Kevin Mitchell was residing in at the time. The band is depicted performing live in one of the house's rooms, in which naked light bulbs hang from the ceiling. While the band play, a party is gathering at the house and a male in an apron is baking a cake. Photographer and internet administrator, Nick Cowie is also portrayed with bright red hair and leather pants and is chained to a sink.[5][6]

Different versions[edit]

The original single was re-recorded with a slower tempo for inclusion on Jebediah's debut album, Slightly Odway.[7]

Limited edition release[edit]

The single was also released as a limited edition vinyl recording, with only 250 copies made for the Perth release (the Perth copies were hand-numbered and stamped).[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Jerks of Attention" 4:16
2. "Denver" 2:36
3. "Bosco" 4:04


Chart (1996) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[1] 62


  1. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (26 June 2011). "Chart Positions 51-100 Post 1989 Part 1 – Jebediah singles". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Search results for 'jebediah'". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Winners by Year: 1997". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Take 40 (2011). "Jebediah Biography". Take 40. mcm media. Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  5. ^ 111sintastic111 (11 October 2011). "Jebediah - Jerks Of Attention (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Nick Cowie (23 January 2008). "8 things you probably didn't know about me" (Blog post). Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Jonathan Lewis (2012). "Jebediah Slightly Odway". allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  8. ^ pumpkin01 (30 April 2002). "jerks of attention 7" numbered vinyl" (Message board). Hotel-Motel Jebediah. ProBoards. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 

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