For the second JATS video, we went with "Absolutely Sweet Marie" from the band's 1983 EP Fervor. This was the record that really placed them on the map, and it was a critical darling to boot. The New York Times rated it the EP of the year, the Village Voice placed it third on the critics poll, and Rolling Stone gave it a four star review. How's that for impressive?
The lead single was a re-worked cover of Bob Dylan's "Absolutely Sweet Marie" this is truly marvelous. As an aside, Dylan remains a wonderful artist to cover, as he wrote a truckload of great songs, many of which were not huge commercial successes. The video did show up on MTV for a time, but the single did not chart, and the EP only reached #116 on the charts.
Jason and the Scorchers would go on to release three LPs during the 1980's before breaking up in 1990. The band periodically re-formed several times since then, most recently in 2010-11 when they recorded a new album (Halcyon Times) and toured to support it. It is not clear what the current status of the band is, as drummer/songwriter Perry Baggs died of complications from diabetes in 2012.
Here is the JATS version of "Absolutely Sweet Marie:"
And the Bob Dylan original ...