Slightly Odway

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Slightly Odway
Slightly Odway.jpg
Studio album by Jebediah
Released 8 September 1997 (1997-09-08)
Recorded March–May 1997
Genre Alternative rock
Length 54:00
Label Murmur
Producer Neill King
Jebediah chronology
Slightly Odway
(1997)
Of Someday Shambles
(1999)Of Someday Shambles1999
Singles from Slightly Odway
  1. "Leaving Home"
    Released: 27 June 1997
  2. "Military Strongmen"
    Released: 11 October 1997
  3. "Teflon"
    Released: 23 March 1998
  4. "Harpoon"
    Released: 22 June 1998

Slightly Odway is the debut studio album by Australian alternative rock band Jebediah. It was recorded between March and May 1997 at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne, with Neill King producing. Slightly Odway was released on 8 September 1997 by record label Murmur.

It peaked at number 7 on the ARIA Albums Chart, and appeared in the top 50 for non-consecutive runs totalling 54 weeks.

Recording[edit]

The group's line-up of Chris Daymond on lead guitar, Kevin Mitchell on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Vanessa Thornton on bass guitar and Kevin's older brother, Brett Mitchell, on drums started recording Slightly Odway in March 1997 with United Kingdom's Neill King (The Smiths, Madness, Elvis Costello) producing.[1][2]

Content[edit]

According to Australian music journalist Ed Nimmervoll, the title "is a comment on the slightly odd way they feel they approach life as well as music".[3]

In March 2002 Kevin reflected on his song writing "It didn't bother me that people didn't pick up on the lyrics. I'd made a conscious effort to focus on lyrics, because there were some lyrics on Slightly Odway that I was a little embarrassed about, ones where I hadn't really been trying. But I certainly didn't want vindication or attention for what I'd written."[4]

Album cover[edit]

The bowling green on the artwork of the album is the Kardinya Bowling Club, where bass player Vanessa Thornton's grandparents played. The spaceship is in fact a Futuro house that was located on the corner of Leach Highway and Karel Avenue in Willetton, close to where the band members grew up. The structure was used as part of a sales office for a nearby residential subdivision and was removed in 1996, after being donated to the Barking Gecko Theatre Company.[5]

Release[edit]

Jebediah had issued a single version of "Jerks of Attention" on 8 December 1996, which was produced by Lindsay Gravina,[6] and charted on the ARIA Singles Chart in 1997.[1] Jedediah and King re-recorded "Jerks of Attention" for the album.

The vinyl version of Slightly Odway contains a version of "Tracksuit" (originally on their debut extended play, Twitch, August 1996), re-recorded with the album's producer Neill King.[3] The Asian version of Slightly Odway, released in 1998, also contains "Tracksuit" and "Monument" (a B-side from "Leaving Home", June 1997),[7] as well as a printed copy of the lyrics.

Chart performance[edit]

Slightly Odway was released on 8 September 1997, which peaked at number seven on the ARIA Albums Chart,[8] and number two on the ARIA alternative charts. Within four months it was certified gold, then platinum[9] and eventually went double-platinum.[10]

Kevin Mitchell stated in a 2012 interview with X-Press magazine that, to the surprise of numerous people, none of the singles from the album received commercial radio airplay.[11][dead link] Despite this the single, "Jerks of Attention", which was released in December 1996, reached number 62 on the ARIA Singles Charts.[1][8] The second single, "Leaving Home", released on 27 June 1997, reached number 48 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and was ranked number 10 in the Triple J Hottest 100 music poll for 1997.[12]

The third single, "Military Strongmen", released on 11 October 1997, peaked at No. 65 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[13] The fourth and fifth singles, "Teflon" and "Harpoon", released on 23 March 1998 and 22 June 1998 reached number 41 and number 46 respectively on the ARIA Singles Chart.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[14]

In his retrospective review, Jonathan Lewis of AllMusic wrote that Slightly Odway "shows Jebediah as a talented young band, despite the flimsy songwriting and the lack of light and shade on the album. Once Jebediah learn they don't need to bludgeon the audience with their guitar-playing they will be better off for it." Lewis preferred the earlier version of "Jerks of Attention", which is "one of their finest songs", over the album version, which was "a half-paced version of the original single: it certainly doesn't improve it."[14]

In May 2011 Matt Neal of The Warrnambool Standard felt the album was "packed with big power chords, frontman Kevin "Bob Evans" Mitchell's distinctive sing-through-your-nose approach, inspired bursts of guitar noise and a love of crowd-friendly melodies. Some of it hasn't aged well".[15]

Recognition[edit]

The album placed at number 15 in a list of the greatest 100 Australian albums compiled by Australian youth radio station Triple J.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jebediah (Chris Daymond, Brett Mitchell, Kevin Mitchell and Vanessa Thornton),[17] except as noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Leaving Home" 3:01
2. "Benedict" 4:03
3. "Harpoon" 4:28
4. "Jerks of Attention" 4:46
5. "Invaders" (Daymond, B. Mitchell, K. Mitchell, Reg Presley, Thornton) 3:40
6. "Spoil the Show" 4:03
7. "Blame" 1:56
8. "Puckdefender" 4:57
9. "Lino" 4:06
10. "Military Strongmen" (titled "Military Strongman" on CD version) 3:27
11. "Teflon" 3:46
12. "Twilight = Dusk" 4:45
13. "La Di Da Da" 7:47

Personnel[edit]

Jebediah
  • Chris Daymond – guitar, percussion, vocals
  • Brett Mitchell – drums, percussion, vocals
  • Kevin Mitchell – guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Vanessa Thornton – bass
Additional musicians
  • DJ Rub-A-Dub – vocals on "Teflon"
  • Helen Mountford – cello
  • Michelle, Kim, Mindy, Tom, Heath, Brendon, Steph, Neill – vocals on "La Di Da Da"
Technical personnel
  • Neill King – production, engineering, mixing
  • Superdave Davis – production, engineering and mixing assistance
  • Steve Smart – mastering
  • Heath Bradby – management
  • John "Wombo" O'Donnell – A&R
  • Ben Steele – sleeve design and layout
  • Nick Cowie – sleeve photography
  • Chris Digby – sleeve photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Weeks in
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[8] 7 54
End of Year Chart (1998) Peak
position
ARIA Charts – Top 100 Albums[18] 54

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c McFarlane, Ian (1999). Encyclopedia entry for 'Jebediah'. Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 3 August 2004. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "Jedediah". passage.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Nimmervoll, Ed. "Jebediah". Howlspace – The Living History of Our Music. White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd (Ed Nimmervoll). Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Mathieson, Craig (22 March 2002). "Jebediah's journey". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Futuro House". TheFuturoHouse.com. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Lindsay Gravina". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Discography". jebediah.net. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d Hung, Steffen. "Jebediah Discography". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2 March 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Jebediah – Biography, Overview, Music Video & Songs, Interviews, News, Facts – Take 40". Take 40. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Matthew Hogan (11 April 2012). "JEBEDIAH Cream Of The Crop". X-Press. Columbia Press Pty.Ltd. Retrieved 19 August 2012. [dead link]
  12. ^ mcm media (2011). "Jebediah Biography". Take 40. mcm media. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ a b Lewis, Jonathan. "Slightly Odway – Jebediah | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 January 2015.  Note: User may have to click on a tab, e.g. 'Credits' to access further information.
  15. ^ Neal, Mat (13 May 2011). "Jebediah". The Warrnambool Standard. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Powderfinger Take Out Triple J Greatest Australian Album Poll on Tone Deaf". Tone Deaf. 11 July 2011. Archived from the original on 4 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "'Leaving Home' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 30 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015.  Note: User may have to click 'Search again' and provide details at 'Enter a title:' e.g Leaving Home; or at 'Performer:' Jebediah
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 1998". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 23 January 2015. 

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