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Token Entry

The Re-Issues

Jaybird/Weight of the World

(I Scream; US: 24 Apr 2007; UK: 24 Apr 2007)

Re-issuing two of their albums that showcase two entirely different sides of the band, Token Entry slaps together both 1988’s Jaybird and 1990’s Weight of the World on one disc. Delivering considerable bang for the fans’ buck, the 22 songs between the two albums on this single-disc format is a solid starter kit for newer fans just discovering these forefathers of the NYC hardcore/punk scene. Many fans were sharply divided on these albums, often preferring one over the other, depending on which side of the musical spectrum their tastes may sit. 


Emblematic of their status as innovators on the straight-edge and skatepunk scene, the first half of the disc collects the songs from Token Entry’s Jaybird album. Chock full of lo-fi garage rock goodness, Jaybird plays with a myriad of concepts, ranging from flat out fun skate anthems on the title track to scathing diatribes on televangelists and the porn industry on “Integrity” and “Little Pink Things”, respectively. The band switches it up on Weight of the World, sounding like a forerunner of rap-rock on “Beautiful People” with vocalist Tim Chunks laughing occasionally on the verse, not really able to contain his enthusiasm on the tongue-in-cheek track. Continuing with a less strictly garage punk sound, the funked-up “Last Chance” breaks with a simplistic, yet killer guitar solo and riffs akin to early Guns n’ Roses. More exceptional and surprising guitar work appears on “Prelude”, showcasing some flamenco-themed plunking.


Lyrically diverse with a style all their own, Token Entry’s sound is still recognizable in spite of the two different styles present on The Re-Issues. Regardless of the difference in musical presentation on the two discs, Token Entry has a lot to say and the “two discs in one” format of The Re-Issues allows them to be heard by fans who might not have given either of these two solid discs a spin.

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Lana Cooper has written various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2006. She's also written news stories for EDGE Media, a nationwide network devoted to LGBT news and issues. In 2013, she wrote her first novel, Bad Taste In Men, described as one part chick lit for tomboys and one part Freaks and Geeks for kids who came of age in the mid-'90s. She lives in Philadelphia and enjoys spending time with her family, reading comic books, and avoiding eye contact with strangers on public transportation. A graduate of Temple University, Cooper doesn't usually talk about herself in the first person, but makes an exception when writing an author bio.


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