J.A.R.

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"J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)"
Green Day - J.A.R. cover.jpg
Single by Green Day
from the album Angus: Music from the Motion Picture and International Superhits!
ReleasedJuly 10, 1995
FormatPromo CD, vinyl
RecordedApril 1995
GenrePunk rock
Length2:51
LabelReprise
Songwriter(s)Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool
Producer(s)Rob Cavallo and Green Day
Green Day singles chronology
"She"
(1995)
"J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)"
(1995)
"Geek Stink Breath"
(1995)
Audio
"J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)" on YouTube

"J.A.R." is a song by the American punk rock band Green Day. The song was a previously unreleased track from the Dookie sessions but it was later featured on the soundtrack to the movie Angus in 1995. The acronym stands for 'Jason Andrew Relva', a childhood friend of Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt. Jason Relva was born on November 16, 1972 and died at the age of 19 on April 18, 1992 as the result of injuries sustained from a car accident. Mike Dirnt wrote the song in remembrance of him. In August 1995, the song reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and spent 16 weeks on it.[1] This song was worked on during the Dookie demo, but later removed on final track. The song peaked at number 22 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart.[2]

The song was also featured as the eighth track on Green Day's 2001 greatest hits collection International Superhits!, and on their 2011 live album Awesome as Fuck.

Jason Relva is thanked in the liner notes of 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk.

Track listing[edit]

Promo
No.TitleLength
1."J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)"2:51

Vinyl Box Set

Side A
No.TitleLength
1."J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)"2:51
Side B
No.TitleLength
1."Emenius Sleepus"1:44

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[3] 22
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[4] 17
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Reception[edit]

PopMatters listed "J.A.R." as the ninth best Green Day song, commenting "It's a winner in its own right, and in a sense, its bubbling bass, buzzing chord crashes, and Tre Cool’s killer chorus drum beat is the Platonic ideal of a Green Day song."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Green Day Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  2. ^ "Green Day Album & Song Chart History: Radio Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  4. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  5. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  6. ^ AJ Ramirez. "Nice Guys Finish Last: The Top 15 Green Day Songs". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-05-25.