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Andrew McMahon’s side project. Similar to Something Corporate but it funds cancer research, so it’s better.
Jack's Mannequin is the solo project of Andrew McMahon who is also the vocalist, pianist and main songwriter of the band Something Corporate. The name Jack's Mannequin, originated from one of McMahon's songs called Dear Jack, which was written about a friend of his whose brother was diagnosed with childhood leukemia. Andrew McMahon had leukemia when he started the project.
The initial impulse behind McMahon's solo project Jack's Mannequin was Locked Doors, a song he recorded in December 2003, which he felt was too different from previous Something Corporate material to be one of their songs. He realized that, if he would ever decide to release it, it would be on a solo album rather than a Something Corporate record. The idea seemed to be off the table, until in late summer 2004 both McMahon and his bandmates were exhausted from months of touring. They decided to take a temporary break. During his time off, McMahon started writing songs, knowing they would not see the light of day as Something Corporate songs. These songs were a more therapeutic approach McMahon took, and therefore a more personal and intimate testament of his songwriting.
Over the next couple of months, McMahon began recording the newly written songs with producer Jim Wirt, who would play guitar and bass over sampled drum tracks, while McMahon contributed vocals and piano. They later brought in additional musicians such as Bobby anderson (formerly of River City High) and Tommy Lee to add to the mix. In March 2005, Jack's Mannequin (now consisting of McMahon, Jon Sullivan on bass, Anderson and jacques brautbar on guitar and Jay McMillan on drums) played their first live show at Molly Malone's Irish pub in Los Angeles, California.
Their debut album Everything in Transit was released on August 23, 2005 debuting at #37 of the Billboard 200 with over 22,000 copies scanned within its first week.