Static Prevails

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Static Prevails
A blue-tinted photo of a radio
Studio album by Jimmy Eat World
Released July 23, 1996 (1996-07-23)
Recorded 1995–1996
Length 51:33
Label Capitol
Jimmy Eat World chronology
Jimmy Eat World
(1994)Jimmy Eat World1994
Static Prevails
Jimmy Eat World
(1998)Jimmy Eat World1998
Singles from Static Prevails
  1. "Rockstar"
    Released: 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Static Prevails is the second studio album by American rock band Jimmy Eat World, released on July 23, 1996 on Capitol Records. Produced by Wes Kidd, Mark Trombino and the band itself, the album is the first to feature bass guitarist Rick Burch and the first to have been produced by Trombino.[2] The album marks the band's major label debut.


Unlike the previous album, which was sung mainly by Linton or all subsequent records, sung predominantly by Adkins, Static Prevails splits lead vocals almost fairly between both singers.[2]


It released on July 23, 1996 by Capitol.[3] Along with Clarity (1999), the album was re-released on May 15, 2007. The reissue included "77 Satellites" and "What Would I Say to You Now" as bonus tracks.[4]


Allmusic stated, "what Static Prevails essentially lacks is the songwriting maturity that Jimmy Eat World could have perfected; but it's almost as if the studio heads at Capitol wouldn't let them so that there would be more room for radio-friendly pop songs. In the end, nobody won."

In 2012, The A.V. Club noted, "As with so many punk bands that signed to a major during that decade, Jimmy Eat World gained precious few new fans — and lost many old ones — with Static Prevails."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jimmy Eat World.

1."Thinking, That's All"2:52
4."Call It in the Air"3:01
6."Episode IV"4:29
9."World Is Static"3:57
10."In the Same Room"4:57
11."Robot Factory"3:59
12."Anderson Mesa"5:14
Bonus tracks
Vinyl and re-release bonus track
13."77 Satellites"3:04
Re-release bonus track
14."What Would I Say to You Now"2:35

Other Mixes[edit]

"Seventeen" appears in the film Never Been Kissed as an early, alternate or demo version. While not featured on the soundtrack CD it is featured in the film. The chorus is changed from "They'll take you, where you won't come back to me" to "You're only, you're only seventeen".


Jimmy Eat World
Additional personnel


  1. ^ Static Prevails at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Dan Caffrey. "Dissected: Jimmy Eat World (with Jim Adkins)". Consequence of Sound. p. 3. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Just Out". CMJ New Music Monthly (35): 59. Jul 1996. ISSN 1074-6978. 
  4. ^ "AP Exclusive: Jimmy Eat World to reissue first two albums". Alternative Press. November 16, 2006. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ Heller, Jason. "How Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle" became the best song for a bad time". Retrieved 6 September 2012. 

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