This is the earliest know recorded performance (video or audio) and it is full of some really amazing treasures. There are several songs that the band stopped playing early-on and so this is the only testament to what they were like when performed live, most notable is "Busy". A couple other gems are an early version of "Sleep" with Chris on vocals, as well as "With Or Without U2". Enjoy.
1) Welcome To Our Band 2) Gutless 3) Down 4) Busy 5) Driven 6) Want 7) Lawn 8) Eye-5 9) Imaginary War 10) Shield Your Eyes 11) Sleep 12) With Or Without U2 "The members look noticeably younger - Blake's face is a bit chubbier and Adam's hair is long. The band plays some songs that they stopped playing the next year - including Busy, Imaginary War, Sleep, and With or Without U2. Sleep features Chris on vocals! He also sings with Blake in parts of With or Without U2. Shield Your Eyes is structured differently than Bivouac LP version - it has an instrumental intro, plus part of the first verse is repeated at the end of the song as in the 7" Shredder version. Down has the old lyrics as on Demo #1. The picture of this video is really clear ... however, the cameraman has a lot of fun and goes crazy with zooming in, moving around, and even turning the picture upside down. It would be annoying if it weren't fucking hilarious. The sound is another issue. The instruments are clear, but the vocals are almost nonexistant; this is probably the fault of the club, and not the video. It's unfortunate, because most of the songs end up sounding like instrumentals. If you aren't familiar with the vocal parts of the songs, you probably won't hear anything, but if you know the melody lines, you will hear them faintly. They seem to get quieter and quieter as the show goes on. This is a shame because it's really hard to hear Chris singing Sleep." -The Complete Jawbreaker Page
Jawbreaker Live at Reckless Records, Chicago, IL 8/28/90.
"Blake wears flannel and sweats buckets by the end of the set. Down is funny - in this rendition, the entire store thinks that the song is finished in the short break after "Can't you hear the sound of...." The band repeatedly teases the crowd about playing, or rather, refusing to play the song Busy." -the Complete Jawbrear Page.
Poor camera placement here gives us a constant view of some guy in an orange shirt occasionally obscuring the band, but it sounds pretty good. A couple highlights are the never recorded "Welcome To Our Band", the rarely played "Equalized", and an early performance of "Tour Song". This show was an all ages in-store, before the 21+ show at LoungeAx, which is also up on here.
I have no idea what the website at the bottom is, I just want it to go away.