Though short lived, Cap’n Jazz were one of the most influential punk bands of the early ’90s, playing a large part alongside Weezer‘s Pinkerton in turning emo from an underground subgenre of punk into a mainstay of indie rock.
During Cap’n Jazz‘s existence recordings were hard to come by, but this, in addition to their wild live performances, helped establish their legend via word of mouth.
After they broke up, the two disc Analphabetapolothology compilation was released, which pulled together a large portion of their material. By that time the band members had moved on to other better known projects – Joan of Arc, The Promise Ring, American Football, but instead of overshadowing their original project, the success of those bands helped spread the word about Cap’n Jazz.
“Little League” is the first track on Analphabetapolothology and kicks things off nicely.