Songs for the apocalypse: The Jayhawks “It’s Up to You”

When Mark Olson left the Jayhawks it felt to me like one of the most beautiful songwriting partnerships since Lennon and McCartney was being torn apart like matchwood. Who knew then that the Jayhawks’ first album sans Olson would be one of the most beautiful records ever recorded. There were many songs that felt like classics but for me it was this one, with its wonderful lines like “Six green olives and a champagne basket/Paid the bill with your boyfriend’s plastic” that stood out the most. 22 years on, every time I hear it now the hairs on the back of my neck go up. Long live the Jayhawks.

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hargarino1

Their very best album. Louris is a melancholy genius

andy

Mark, Gary Louris was the stronger voice and songwriter. Olson’s Creekdippers were awful. The Jayhawks have continued to release some excellent records.

Andy

Mark, yes that’s funny. I’m sure we’d agree on most music but the Creekdippers fav of all time?