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Kenesaw Mountain Landis
ReleaseSmoking Monkey
Release date11-05-2003
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  • Despite playing two shows in Atlanta near the original Kennesaw Mountain, JoCo has yet to play this song at an Atlanta show.
  • Kenesaw Mountain Landis was the first commissioner of Major League Baseball. Among his best-known achievements is helping to restore the credibility of baseball after the Black Sox Scandal, in which members of the Chicago White Sox baseball team were paid by gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series. This song is a version of that achievement, told in the form of an American myth.
  • There are two different men known as Joe Jackson referenced in this song. One was Joseph Jefferson Jackson ("Shoeless Joe"), a star player for the White Sox who was banned from professional baseball in 1920 for his part in the Black Sox scandal. The other was Joe Jackson, an English New Wave singer whose best known song is the 1979 hit, "Is She Really Going Out With Him?". The 'Shoeless Joe Jackson' of this song anachronistically combines the important events in the lives of both.
  • JoCo has said that this song was influenced by Bob Dylan's Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts: "that kind of crazy long story song with no chorus."


This song is available in MP3 and FLAC for free download or purchase. It is also on the album Smoking Monkey.


  • Baseball
Smoking Monkey
1. I'm Having a Party · 2. Bozo's Lament · 3. Kenesaw Mountain Landis · 4. Ikea · 5. I Hate California · 6. Christmas Is Interesting · 7. Over There · 8. Millionaire Girlfriend · 9. First of May · 10. De-Evolving · 11. I'm a Mason Now · 12. Overhead

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