Short Story in a Song—Jawbreaker’s “Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault” by S W Lauden

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I recently read the 33 1/3 book about Jawbreaker’s 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. That album was definitely my gateway drug to Bivouac and Unfun. These days my favorite Jawbreaker album is probably the least popular with hardcore fans—Dear You. It was their major label debut (demise?) and features slicker production than its three predecessors, but it also has some of my favorite Jawbreaker songs including “Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault.” That one would make a great short story.


If you partied your way through high school and college the way my friends and I did, you probably have a few memories like the one so perfectly described here. Our narrator is at a house party commiserating with a heartbroken friend over beers. Led Zeppelin’s blasting on the stereo when they spot the friend’s ex happily making out with another guy. The narrator watches as the friend and his ex get into an argument that only lasts until the cops show up, bringing the whole pathetic scene to a screeching halt.

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S.W. Lauden is the author of the Greg Salem punk rock P.I. series includes BAD CITIZEN CORPORATIONGRIZZLY SEASON and HANG TIME (Rare Bird Books). He is also the co-host of the Writer Types podcast. Steve lives in LA.

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