‘NJHC,’ The Everymen


The cover of The Everymen’s album, “Givin’ Up on Free Jazz.”

“Glenn Danzig is from Lodi/Sayreville was home to Jon Bon Jovi,” sings Catherine Herrick, pronouncing Jovi “Jo-vie” so it will rhyme, in “NJHC,” by the Tuckerton-based group, The Everymen. It’s a loud, proud, fast-paced statement of Garden State love, namechecking a long list of famous New Jerseyans, from Sarah Vaughan and Jack Nicholson to Cory Booker. The video, below, adds to the theme by showing a series of state landmarks.

“NJHC” (which stands for “New Jersey hardcore”) is from the group’s 2014 album Givin’ Up on Free Jazz, and it isn’t their first attempt at a Jerseycentric song. They also once did a remake of Jonathan Richman’s “New England,” titled “New Jersey.”

New Jersey celebrated its 350th birthday in 2014. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we marked the occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, from September 2014 to September 2015 — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. To see the entire list, click here.


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