Jesse Malin

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Jesse Malin
Birth name Jesse Malin
Born (1968-01-26) January 26, 1968 (age 47)
Flushing, Queens, New York, United States
Genres Rock
Punk rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1980 – present
Labels Artemis Records
Adeline Records
One Little Indian Records
SideOneDummy Records
Associated acts The Finger
PCP Highway
D Generation
Heart Attack
Rodeo Queens

Jesse Malin (born January 26, 1968, Flushing, Queens, New York, United States) is an American rock musician. He is currently a solo recording artist.


Malin began his music career, at the age of 12, as the front-man for the seminal New York City hardcore band Heart Attack. Following the demise of that band in 1984, Jesse worked on several other projects, including the band Hope, before joining glam punk band D Generation for which he was the lead singer for eight years. As one of New York City's most noted bands of the 1990s, D Generation released three albums, including No Lunch before eventually disbanding in April 1999.[1]

Malin didn't stop writing music and went on to form two other projects, PCP Highway (with former D Generation bandmates Howie Pyro and Joe Rizzo) and Bellvue (also named Tsing-Tsing for a brief time); the latter band released one album, To Be Somebody on Goldenseal Records. The album included versions of songs that would later be reworked for Malin's first two solo albums, including Solitaire, Basement Home, Brooklyn and Downliner.[2]

Solo career[edit]

Being a fan of Neil Young, Tom Waits and Steve Earle affected his work; he spent the next two years working on a fresh sound. Former Whiskeytown front-man Ryan Adams, who'd been a friend of Malin since the D Generation days, was impressed with Malin's new material. Adams offered to produce Malin's debut album despite the fact that he'd never produced a record before. The two headed into Loho Studios in New York in January 2001 and made an album in just six days. A deal with Artemis Records soon followed. The Fine Art of Self Destruction appeared in the United Kingdom in October 2002; lead off first single, "Queen of the Underworld" was a moderate hit and the British press quickly hailed Malin's debut as one of the year's best.

Stateside fans were eventually able to purchase the album "The Fine Art of Self-Destruction' in January 2003. Tour dates followed, both in America and the United Kingdom. Malin contributed to two cover albums, first he covered "Hungry Heart" for Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen, and then he recorded a cover of The Clash's "Death Or Glory" on the tribute White Riot Vol. 2: A Tribute to The Clash. He also picked up a nomination for the Shortlist Music Prize.

By November 2003 he was back in the studio recording tracks his second album, The Heat, which was released in June 2004, accompanied by a string of tour dates on both sides of the Atlantic.

Malin has also collaborated with Ryan Adams & Johnny T to form the band The Finger (the pair adopted the pseudonyms "Irving Plaza" and "Warren Peace" respectively) who released two EPs which were later collected into the album We Are Fuck You.

Malin's album, Glitter in the Gutter was released on March 20, 2007. It also featured a cover of The Replacements' "Bastards of Young" and a duet with Bruce Springsteen on "Broken Radio." A music video was also made to accompany "Broken Radio."

Malin released a 'live in the studio' album, "Love It To Life" in November 2007 on the One Little Indian label for sale in the UK. Recorded live at Gigantic Recording Studios in New York City, NY and featured songs from his previous albums. He used the title again in 2010 for an album of new material.

Malin released a covers album on 7 April 2008 entitled On Your Sleeve, containing covers of songs by, among others, The Ramones, Sam Cooke, Neil Young and The Hold Steady, as well as a studio recording of a long-time live favourite, Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'."

In 2010, Malin formed a band called Jesse Malin and the St. Mark's Social and released a new album called Love It To Life; the title comes from a quote by Joe Strummer. (The title was previously used on a 2007 UK release of live material on the One Little Indian label.) Featuring a more rockier approach, the album's first single was "Burning The Bowery" and next single was "All The Way From Moscow."

Malin was also a judge for the 9th annual Independent Music Awards.[3][4][5]

In December 2010, Malin, along members of Green Day, formed the band 'Rodeo Queens'. They released one song, along with a video, called 'Depression Times'.

Malin has also done some film work and he had a role in Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out The Dead (1999).[6] He did the music supervision on Burning Down The House.[7] and he was associate producer with Bad Brains from DC.[6] In addition he hosted New York Nights on Sirius XM's Spectrum with John Varvatos from 2011-2014.[8]

D Generation reunited in 2011 and continue to play live. Malin released New York Before The War in March of 2015 through One Little Indian / Velvet Elk Records.


Solo albums[edit]

Solo singles[edit]

  • 2003: "Queen of the Underworld"
  • 2003: "Wendy"
  • 2003: "Happy Holidays 2003"
  • 2003: "Messed Up Here Tonight"
  • 2004: "Mona Lisa"
  • 2007: "Tomorrow, Tonight"
  • 2007: "Don't Let Them Take You Down"
  • 2007: "Broken Radio"
  • 2008: "In the Modern World"
  • 2015: "Addicted"
  • 2015: "Hardcore Feeling"


See also: D Generation


  1. ^ "Jesse Malin Bio | Jesse Malin Career | MTV". Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  2. ^ "Jesse Malin Biography". Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Indie Award Judges, Music Video Awards, New Independent Musical Talent". Retrieved 2015-05-09. 
  4. ^ "Jesse Malin". Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  5. ^ "Jesse Malin". Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  6. ^ a b "Jesse Malin". Retrieved 2015-05-09. 
  7. ^ John Anderson (2009-04-30). "Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB". Retrieved 2015-05-09. 
  8. ^ "John Varvatos to Host ‘New York Nights…Direct from the Bowery’ on Sirius XM". July 31, 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2015. ... , with his co-host, acclaimed New York musician Jesse Malin. ... Listeners will also hear Jesse share stories about his memorable experiences as a musician (D Generation and solo). 
  9. ^ "Jesse Malin Reflects on New York City in ‘Addicted’".  Speakeasy retrieved December 9 2014
  10. ^ "Jesse Malin - Broken Radio". YouTube. 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 

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