Jimmy Eat World formed back in the early 90’s as an alternative rock band from Arizona. The unique band name originated from a crayon drawing made by guitarist Tom Linton’s younger brothers. The picture had one brother shoving the Earth into his mouth with the caption, “Jimmy Eat World.” The name for the rock band was born from that simple drawing.
Jimmy Eat World had been playing the underground scene for a couple of years before they debuted their first album as an indie release. In 1995 they caught the attention of a talent scout and picked up by a major label. Their second album, Static Prevails, was released on Capital Records- but their success didn’t start to take hold until they released their third album in 1999. Jimmy Eat World’s second album, Clarity, bolstered attention by fans and they swooned over the single “Lucky Denver Mint,” which was featured in a movie soundtrack. However, Clarity didn’t completely capture the public, and Capital Records dumped Jimmy Eat World.
Their fourth album, Bleed American, brought Jimmy Eat World their first certified platinum record and real success in 2001. “The Middle” reached number one on the charts and increased their fan following to a cult-like posse. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, Jimmy Eat World changed their album name from Bleed American to their band name. Jimmy Eat World didn’t want any confusion with the context of the album title and made the move to a different title. Recently, Jimmy Eat World toured and promoted their seventh album, Invented. Nowadays they aren’t touring, but JimmyEatWorld.com indicates that an eighth album is in the works!