->''"I hate whiny fucking songs like this\\
But I can't afford a therapist\\
Sorry guys\\
Here's a solo."''
-->--'''Andrew Jackson Jihad,''' ''"Distance"''

Andrew Jackson Jihad is an American folk punk band from Phoenix, Arizona. The band was formed in 2004 when its original drummer, Justin James White, approached Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty, who have remained the only two constant members of the band since.

The band are noteworthy for their [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth minimalist sound]], self-deprecating wit, comically dark lyrics, and (on their more recent albums) sonic experimentation. They have released four studio albums and one live album:

* ''[[FirstInstallmentWins People That Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World]]'' (2007)
* ''Can't Maintain'' (2009)
* ''[[MagnumOpus Knife Man]]'' (2011)
* ''Live at the Crescent Ballroom'' (2013)
* ''Christmas Island'' (2014)

Their first album, ''Candy Cigarettes and Cap Guns'' (2005) was self-produced.

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!!The band provides examples of:

* KnightInSourArmor: There's a lot of real heart behind all that darkness. Especially clear on ''Knife Man'' tracks like "Zombie by the Cranberries by Andrew Jackson Jihad" and "People II 2: Still Peoplin'."
* OddCouple: The main two members of the band are a social worker and a gravedigger, which should paint a fairly accurate picture of the band's worldview.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Sean and Ben, the only two constant members of the band.
* WunzaPlot: See OddCouple.


!!Their music provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Sean's 'mentor' in "Sad Songs" calls him Steve.
* AlbumTitleDrop: The final lyric on ''Knife Man'' is its title, but it's nearly impossible to hear.
** "People" comes very close to dropping the title of ''People That Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World,'' but ultimately doesn't.
* AlcoholicParent: "'Nother Beer."
* TheAlcoholic: "Fucc the Devil:"
--> The flask is an alcoholic's paintbrush
--> The flask is an alcoholic's toothbrush
--> I need to go throw up now
* AndThatsTerrible: Said verbatim in "People II 2: Still Peoplin'."
* AntiLoveSong: "I Love You," a love song from the point of view of a bigoted, sadistic, misogynistic, homophobic, and overall crude and detestable character.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In "People II: The Reckoning"; "Child pornographers and cannibals, and politicians too."
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In "People II"; "Your parasympathetic nervous system reacts, and you're in fight-or-flight mode." It's the sympathetic nervous system. This is a big deal to med students.
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Big Bird," "Bad Bad Things," "People II: The Reckoning."
** The final lines of "People II 2: Still Peoplin'."
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Inverted in "Let Us Get Murdered."
* BittersweetEnding: ''Knife Man'' concludes with "Big Bird."
* BlackComedy: As black as the void of space is empty. It's generally used as a way of slightly lightening the mood of their extremely bleak music.
** "Smoking Makes You Cool" is about how smoking killed Sean's grandfather and will probably kill him one day.
* CallBack: "Big Bird" reprises some of the lyrics from "Distance."
* ClusterFBomb: "Gift of the Magi 2: Return of the Magi."
* CovertPervert: One of the fears listed in "Big Bird" is that "you all know I am a pervert."
* CoverVersion: They've played snippets of "Zombie" by the Cranberries in concert... not to be confused with the song they wrote themselves called "Zombie by the Cranberries by Andrew Jackson Jihad."
* CountryMatters: "We Didn't Come Here to Rock." Generally changed to "balls" during live performances.
* CrapsackWorld: "Hope is for presidents and dreams are for people who are sleeping."
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In "Rejoice"; "Your hair, it smells like burning hair."
** Combined with NonIndicativeName: "Zombie by the Cranberries by Andrew Jackson Jihad" by Andrew Jackson Jihad. It is not a cover of "Zombie" by the Cranberries.
* DisappearedDad: Sean's dad abandoned him.
** From "Who Are You:" "Thank you so much for not raising me / you spent your life on better things / and you would have been an awful dad / thank you though for those genes you had!"
* DownerEnding: ''People The Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World'' seems to avert this with the highly idealistic "People".
** However, the song's sequel, "People II: The Reckoning", which appears earlier in the album, is very cynical, so it may just be [[SubvertedTrope subverted]].
* DullSurprise: "David J. is a Siccness:" "It was then that I found I am a vampire..."
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Brave as a Noun" transitions flawlessly into "Survival Song."
** The rain at the end of "Free Bird" can be heard at the beginning of "Big Bird," and some versions of ''Knife Man'' include the opening chords of "Back Pack" at the end of "American Tune."
** "Heartilation" into "Self Esteem."
** "Temple Grandin" segues into "Children of God."
** "We Shall All Die Alone Someday" into "Forest Fire."
* FunctionalAddict: "Inner City Basehead History Teacher." "I dunno what I'm gonna do, but I'm probably gonna get high!"
* GenreBusting: "Big Bird" was conceived as "sixties girl-group pop, like Phil Spector-style, combined with doom metal."
* GrowingUpSucks: One of the subjects discussed in "A Song Dedicated To The Memory Of Stormy The Rabbit".
** And, unsurprisingly, in the song "Growing Up".
* IncrediblyLongNote: The end of "People II 2: Still Peoplin'," especially live.
* KidsAreCruel: "Getting Naked, Playing With Guns."
* ListSong: "Big Bird"
* LongDistanceRelationship: Sean is in one with his girlfriend. This is what "Distance" is about, and possibly "I Wanna Rock Out in My Dreams."
* LongTitle: ''People That Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World''
** That album's eighth track, "A Song Dedicated To The Memory Of Stormy The Rabbit"
** "Zombie by the Cranberries by Andrew Jackson Jihad."
* LoopedLyrics: From [[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/24wlyy/we_am_andrew_jackson_jihad_ama/chbhmu3?context=3 the reddit AMA that the band did:]]
--> '''Greenautobus:''' can I buy a salad glove?
--> '''[=AJJTheBand=]:''' you can buy a salad glove you can buy a salad glove you can buy a salad glove you can buy a salad glove you can buy a salad glove you can buy a salad glove you can buy a salad glove you can buy a salad glove you can buy a salad glove you can buy a salad glove you can buy a salad glove you can buy a salad glove you can buy a salad glove you can buy a salad glove you can buy a salad glove
* LoveMartyr: "Love in the Time of Human Papillomavirus"
* MercyKill: "Temple Grandin." Made more explicit in "Temple Grandin Too."
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: "Fucc the Devil" consists entirely of one of these.
* MinisculeRocking: As a punk band, this happens frequently. "The Michael Jordan of Drunk Driving" is only twenty seconds long and contains a single stanza.
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: They have a pretty wide range. "People" is a 1, while "Backpack" is a 9.
* MoodDissonance: Apparent in many, if not most of the band's songs.
* MurderersAreRapists: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with "Bad Bad Things"; the mother in the family offers her body to the killer in exchange for the life of her family but he continues without mercy.
* NonAppearingTitle: "People II: The Reckoning," "People II 2: Still Peoplin'," "Bad Bad Things," "Heartilation," "Love in the Time of Human Papillomavirus," "Dipping Things in Stuff," "American Tune," "Zombie by the Cranberries by Andrew Jackson Jihad," "This is Why I'm Hot"
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: Parodied in the titles of "People II: The Reckoning," "People II 2: Still Peoplin'," and "Gift of the Magi 2: Return of the Magi."
** The band has joked that their next album will feature "People II 2 Act II: The Peoplening."
* OneWordTitle: "Rejoice" and "People".
* OurSloganIsTerrible: The Salad Glove: fist-fuck your hunger!
* OvershadowedByAwesome: ''Can't Maintain'' tends not to get mentioned in discussions about the band, being overshadowed by the irreverent weirdness of ''People That Can Eat People'' and the sprawling ambition of ''Knife Man.''
* ParodyCommercial: The Crescent Ballroom performance of "People II 2: Still Peoplin'" features Sean narrating an advertisement for the salad glove during the extended bridge.
* PowerBallad: "Big Bird" and "Back Pack" qualify, though they're particularly bizarre and unconventional examples of this trope.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Rejoice", "Brave as a Noun," "Sad Songs"
* RageAgainstTheReflection: The killer in "Bad Bad Things" loses his cool after he sees his own reflection ("a coward who you and i both hate very much") in his victim's eyes.
** "And I smashed those tiny mirrors inside of your skull!"
* RecycledLyrics: "Little Prince" & "Dipping Things in Stuff."
** ''"I am at the mercy of emotions of my better friends,"'' - ''"And my emotions are at the mercy of my best of friends."''
* ReligionRantSong: "Rejoice" is Type 1. "Gift of the Magi 2," to an extent, though it tempers the harsher sentiments- "fuck God, anyway! God is obsolete!"- with "well, ''my'' god thinks my jokes are funny..."
* RunningGag: The Salad Glove, an exciting new product by Andrew Jackson Jihad...
** References to Nic Cage movies recur throughout their discography ("Heartilation," "Coffin Dancer," "Angel of Death").
* SelfDeprecation: "And if you think you're better than me, you're right!" ("Heartilation")
** "Personal Space Invader" ends with a brief pause followed by someone saying "...sounds like shit."
* SerialKiller: The viewpoint character of "Bad Bad Things".
* SiameseTwinSongs: "Brave as a Noun"/"Survival Song."
** "Free Bird"/"Big Bird."
* ShoutOut: They sometimes name their songs after ''other'' songs ("This is Why I'm Hot," "Zombie by the Cranberries by Andrew Jackson Jihad," "Free Bird") sometimes with minor alterations in the title ([[JoyDivision "Love Will Fuck Us Apart"]]).
** The title of "Fucc the Devil" is a reference to Sacramento horrorcore rapper Brotha Lynch.
** "Do Re and Me" references hardcore punk band Man is the Bastard. "Coffin Dance" and "Angel of Death" reference [[TheBadLieutenantPortOfCallNewOrleans Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans]] ("shoot him again, I can see his soul dancing...").
* SoleSurvivor: In "Bad Bad Things", the singer is addressing the only surviving member of a family he killed.
* StepfordConsumer: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UffeihAX01Q "You know, before the Salad Glove, I was really going nowhere in life."]]
* TakeThat: "Scenesters."
-->Oh my god, there's assholes everywhere!
-->Pretentious fucking assholes everywhere!
* TakeThatCritics: "We Didn't Come Here to Rock."
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth
* TitleTheAdaptation: "Guilt: The Song"
* TitleTrack: They've sort of tiptoed around this a few times. "People" comes close to being ''People That Can Eat People'''s title track but technically isn't, and they have an unreleased song called "I Am the Knife Man" which would have been this for ''Knife Man'' had it not been cut.
* TorturePorn: The second verse of "Back Pack" is absolutely brutal. You can hear Sean's voice cracking as he sings it.
* {{Troll}}: The phone number given in the Salad Glove commercial is actually the number for the Westboro Baptist Church.
* XMeetsY: They're probably best described as TheDeadKennedys crossed with NeutralMilkHotel and TheSmiths.
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''[[TheStinger And that's a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge... BUMMER!]]''