Borders & Boundaries

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Borders & Boundaries
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 24, 2000
RecordedGrand Master Studios in Hollywood
GenreSka punk
LabelFat Wreck Chords
ProducerSteve Kravac
Less Than Jake chronology
The Pez Collection
Borders & Boundaries
Goodbye Blue & White
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Punknews.org4/5 stars[3]

Borders & Boundaries is the fourth studio album by ska punk band Less Than Jake. It was released October 24, 2000 on Fat Wreck Chords; the album was recorded at Grand Master Studios in Hollywood, CA, with producer Steve Kravac, and is the final studio album to feature saxophonist Derron Nuhfer and trombonist Pete Anna.


The cover art features a map of the area around their home city of Gainesville, Florida, while the booklet "cover" art features a photograph of trombonist Pete Anna saluting the Statue of Liberty. Included on some copies is a spinning wheel which tells you the distance between Gainesville and eight places around the world; Sydney, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Tokyo, London, Paramus, NJ, and Ljubljana, Slovenia.

After recording had concluded, the album was originally slated to be released on Capitol Records, the label the band released their prior album - Hello Rockview - on; the band's drummer, Vinnie Fiorello, wrote about the matter on the linear-notes for Fat Wreck's 2009 greatest hits album, Wrecktrospective:[4]

"We recorded a full length for [Capitol Records] while the whole company got replaced, fired, or re-arranged, and in the process the new president there gave us the option of staying or going and taking the record with us. [...] When we found out [...] about the possibility of our departure, there was only one label we wanted to go to and that was Fat. It was obvious to all of us that they were the perfect label for our band at that precise time."

The album's lone video single, "Gainesville Rock City," received airtime on MTV2, and has gone on to become one of the band's signature songs. "Look What Happened" received minor airplay on college radio stations. "Look What Happened" also appears on the band's next album, Anthem, in a re-recorded state. Between June and August 2001, the group performed on the Warped Tour.[5]

The album reached #103 in the Billboard charts.[6]

Track listing[edit]

1."Magnetic North"2:59
3."Suburban Myth"2:25
4."Look What Happened"3:34
5."Hell Looks a Lot Like L.A."2:13
6."Mr. Chevy Celebrity"1:42
7."Gainesville Rock City"3:07
8."Malt Liquor Tastes Better When You've Got Problems"2:24
9."Bad Scene and a Basement Show"2:38
10."Is This Thing On?"3:06
11."Pete Jackson Is Getting Married"1:54
13."Last Hour of the Last Day of Work"3:17
14."Bigger Picture"2:41



  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Flame, Randy (December 2000 – February 2001). "Reviews: Less Than Jake / Borders and Boundries CD". Ox-Fanzine (in German). Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  3. ^ review
  4. ^ Fiorello, Vinnie (2009). Wrecktrospective (Media notes). Less Than Jake; Various Artists. San Francisco, California: Fat Wreck Chords. FAT700.
  5. ^ Vanhorn, Teri (March 13, 2001). "Warped Tour Adds Rollins Band, Lists Dates, Cities". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  6. ^ AllMusic Charts: Borders & Boundaries Accessed 19 October 2007

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