Jed Fuchs is a buddy. Jed Fuchs makes great videos for greater brands. Jed Fuchs is the the new co-host for Waldman’s Words on idobi Radio. And, most importantly, Jed Fuchs is a hardcore Dance Gavin Dance fan; I couldn’t think of a better human to write this piece with. Here is our 100% subjective list ranking DGD’s studio album catalog.
Eight crazy nights:
Downtown Battle Mountain (2007)
SW: I’m going to slide into your DMs with a DBM.
JF: Or a BM.
SW: I won’t drop one.
JF: This is Dance Gavin Dance’s first full length. The band started its career off with an extremely original and multifaceted presentation.
SW: “Lemon Meringue Tie” is still a sick song. Respect.
JF: I respect this album’s tongue-in-Gavin title, and the fact that the band truly explored its expansive diorama of musical influences.
SW: Happiness is finding a pencil.
JF: Happiness is a warm gun.
SW: Dance Beatle Dance.
JF: Easily the band’s sexiest album…
SW: My wife disagrees but I love it like a milkshake.
Acceptance Speech (2013)
SW: That’s a weird way to start your ACCEPTANCE SPEECH! (pauses) Hello?
JF: Is this thing on? (taps mic)
SW: Jiggle it. Get it? Like “The Jiggler”? Get it? (pauses) Hello?
JF: JESUS H. MACY!
SW: Is this thing on?
JF: First Tillian album… Buckle up, dancers.
SW: Turn off the lights, I’m watching Back To The Future, pt. Two.
JF: Second Tillian mention… Dancers, you still buckled?
SW: Here comes the winner!
JF: Winner is coming.
SW: Game of moms.
JF: Speaking of moms, this album clearly marks Dance Gavin Dance’s entrance into the larger public consciousness.
SW: Jed, I’m feeling really exposed. Stop with your deception and do your best NOT to inspire the liars.
JF: Scott, you’re a real man of the year. That’s all I’m gonna say.
Dance Gavin Dance (2008)
SW: Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.
JF: (completely ignores him) They say uneasy hearts weigh the most.
SW: SELF TITLED ALBUM!
JF: SELF TITLED ALBUM!
SW: Quick question, bruh. What do the fans call this record?
JF: Deathstar, baby.
SW: Let’s blow it up, baby.
Downtown Battle Mountain II (2011)
JF: In a two night event, this is the most shocking conclusion of the DBM saga.
SW: The Saga Continues.
JF: The Saga ContinJEWS.
SW: (laughing uncontrollably)
JF: Thank jew.
SW: More rapping. More heaviness. THUG CITY.
SW: As an English major, I found it extremely clever that the Dance Gavin Dance camp chose to close this full-length with a song called “Purple REIGN.”
Instant Gratification (2015)
SW: I’ll be honest (like often), this was the first DGD album that I truly “got”.
JF: Instant gratification?
SW: Yes. And yes.
JF: Right! Would you say it was something new for you?
SW: I can’t hear you. Something jew for me?
JF: We’re Jews. We own (Hollywood and) the night.
SW: Stroke God…
JF: (cutting him off) Ok, shark dad.
Artificial Selection (2018)
Jed and I appreciate the fact that you either made it through this entire list willy nilly or skipped right to this sterling conclusion. Here is a playlist containing one song from each record. You are rock solid.