Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Janglin’

Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos starting this hippie type band in 2007. The consisted of 10-12 members at once. They tried to have a so-called campfire feel. If a musician messed up that was alright. Musicians would drop and reappear on a tour. They had one song that got a ton of airplay called Home in 2010.

This song resembles Instant Karma by John Lennon.

Janglin’ was used in commercials and it spiked its popularity in 2010.

In 2014, the band parted ways with Jade Castrinos, changing the dynamic of the band considerably…she and Ebert had broken up.

The band is named after a character from a novel Ebert was writing – Edward Sharpe is an otherworldly figure who comes to Earth to offer enlightenment to the masses, but finds himself getting distracted by the beautiful women.

Most listeners who weren’t buying this hippie vibe agreed that it was convincing, and even after they found an audience with this song, Ebert stayed steady to his creed, often blurring the lines between Edward Sharpe and his true self.



Well our mama’s they left us
And our daddy’s took a ride
And we walked out of the castle
And we held our head up high
Well we once were the Jesters
In your Kingdom by the sea
And now we’re out to be the masters
For to set our spirits free – set free

We Want to feel ya!
We don’t mean to kill ya!
We come back to Heal ya – Janglin soul
Edward and the Magnetic Zeros

Well your wartime is Funny
Your guns don’t bother me
I said we’re out to prove the truth of
The man from Galilei
Well your laws are for Dummies, yes
Your institutions dead
I say we’re out to blow the trumpet
To wake you all from bed – from bed


We carry the mail
We carry it home
We carry the Mail now
We carry it home
Scare up your Letters
Give us your Tails
Blowing like Whale now to
Magnetic Ears

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

13 thoughts on “Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Janglin’”

  1. not quite sure what to make of this yet, had never heard of them, so thanks for bringing us something new! Very 60s sound, that’s for sure… I think I may have heard little bits of this on commercials, but can’t quite place it.

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  2. Well I thoroughly enjoyed that romp thanks Max. I didn’t know it at all but shall certainly be playing it again! I like the fact that “if a musician messed up that was alright”. Some more contemporary productions to me put being clinical and perfect above musicianship (maybe).

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    1. I did like the looseness of it. Their big hit “Home” was like that also. I agree with you about some music being too perfect. Sometimes the soul is polished out of a song.
      Glad you liked it Bruce.

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  3. Their only song I really love is ‘Man on Fire’. I can leave that one on repeat all day long. They are a cool group. Although I don’t fall in love with many of their songs, I’ll listen to anything they put out. So I enjoyed listening to Janglin’ again. I saw them in Guthrie, OK a few years ago, at a Gentlemen of the Road stopover. They were great with audience participation.

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    1. I really like Jade’s voice. I got to know them when I heard “Home” on an alternative radio channel and I have followed them since. I like the idea about how they performed…really loose and their music has a feel good vibe.


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