Jinx Removing: Guilt-ridden Jawbreaker fan refunds band three-fold for bootleg CDs sold 15 years ago


An anonymous Jawbreaker fan has refunded the band for bootleg b-sides CDs he made about 15 years ago.

Earlier today on Facebook, drummer Adam Pfahler relayed the note he received in the mail, which included $1800 in money orders. The fan confessed that he made about $600 selling bootleg CDs on eBay, probably in the late ’90s or early 2000s — when we all made CDs like that — and decided to pay back the influential New York punk band with three times the money he raked in.

Turns out the impact of Jawbreaker’s music made the fan feel that he owed the band something, not the other way around.

“I got a letter today,” writes Pfahler. “No return address on the envelope. I open it up and a couple of postal money orders fall out. I figure it’s someone having trouble with the jawbreakerband website ordering a shirt or record. I read the note:”

Jawbreaker Letter

Pretty cool.

As an added bonus, check out this clip from 1995 where Jawbreaker, who would break up a year later, and then-A&R rep Mark Kates, now of Fenway Recordings, take a tour of Boston’s Fenway Park.