If his music videos are any indication of reality, JAWNY is having a tough go of it. The LA-based songwriter’s elaborate visuals always seem to end in some form of Jackass-type physical pain, whether that’s flying through a window after getting decked by a yoked dude in a hype-house full of yoked dudes, or surviving a high-speed crash after an invigorating joyride, or getting smacked in the face by some unidentified flying object, as seen in the most recent set of serialized visuals he’s released.
But the physical chaos of these videos merely speaks to the down-on-your-luck lyricism JAWNY deals in rather than literalizing his daily plight (we can only assume—he doesn’t appear to ever have a black eye or anything in these visuals). The music itself, of course, is anything but violent, instead repackaging melancholy as upbeat pop inviting listeners to both empathize with his words and dance through their pain.
And there are plenty of opportunities to do just that on the horizon, as last week JAWNY announced an extensive North American tour scheduled to kick off in March. In the meantime the songwriter took a moment to revisit the idea of physical punishment as a major facet of his musical persona by creating a playlist he affectionately calls his “Songs to Get Beaten Up To.” Check out all of his upcoming tour dates here, and stream along to his playlist below.
One take, fast ’n’ furious.
OutKast, “Hey Ya!”
Synchronized Fight Club.
Doubling down on the whole “getting beat up” thing here...
Wallice, “Punching Bag”
We'd beat ourselves up to this one, but we shouldn't do it—but we will.
Gorillaz, “On Melancholy Hill”
Just sad, sad, sad. Imagine getting sucker punched to “Melancholy Hill.”
Meek Mill, “Dreams and Nightmares”
WCW Monday Nitro (September 29, 1997).
Tyler, the Creator, “She”
Would hate to get beaten up by Goblins. Didn't someone get beaten up by Frank once?
Mac Miller, “Blue Slide Park”
MGMT, “The Youth”
We'd for sure be getting beat up by people dancing gracefully in a Stanley Kubrick film.
Yves Jarvis, “Bootstrap Jubilee”
Big bar fight. Everyone walks out as friends always.