- Jesus Jones
Infobox musical artist
Name = Jesus Jones
Background = group_or_band
Alternative rock Alternative dance TechnoIndustrial
Years_active = 1987—present
Label = Food (1989–1993, 1997)
EMI (1993, 1999)
Mi5 Recordings/Koch (2001–2002)
Mi5 UK 2004
Current_members = Mike Edwards
Jerry De Borg
Formation and "Liquidizer" (1987-1989)
Incorporating elements of
electronic musicstyles such as house and techno to an indie rockformat, along with fellow British groups such as The Shamen, Pop Will Eat Itselfand EMF, Jesus Jones was one of the leading purveyors of the early 1990s " indie dance" scene. The band is led by Mike Edwards.
They achieved initial critical acclaim with their 1989
album"Liquidizer", and in particular, the single "Info Freako", which featured buzzing rock guitars with samples and a hip-hop sensibility, relatively new for the time. The track was particularly championed by Bruno Brookeson his Radio 1 evening show.
"Doubt" and "Perverse" (1990-1995)
In the spring of 1990, Jesus Jones recorded their second album, "Doubt", but their label was forced to delay its release until the beginning of 1991. The album sold very well, due to the success of their best-known hit "Right Here, Right Now". The song is about the swift end of the
Cold War, and was a No. 2 hit in the U.S. but reached only No. 31 in the UK; and which was resurrected in 2006 as an advertising jinglefor the American retailer Kmart, an image campaign for CBS News, and was used in promotional advertisements for the now defunct TV channel, TechTV.
Other singles from the "Doubt" album included "Real, Real, Real" and "International Bright Young Thing". In the year that "Doubt" was released, Jesus Jones won the "Best Newcomer" award at the
The follow-up to "Doubt" was "Perverse" which, although a big seller, did not reach the worldwide hit status of "Doubt".
Recent activity (1996-present)
After the release of the "Perverse" album, Jesus Jones took an extended hiatus and did not return to the studio until 1996. They released fourth album, ironically titled "Already", in 1997 after which Jesus Jones and their
record label EMIparted company. The band remained in contact and came back with the low-selling "London" in 2001 on the indie record label Mi5 Recordings. EMI issued "", a collection of greatest hits whilst, in the meantime, the band moved from the North American-only Mi5 to the newly established Mi5 Recordings UK.
In 2004 they released the EP "Culture Vulture", whilst in 2005
DJand record producerRobbie Riviera had a club hit with a remix of "Right Here Right Now", but did not manage to follow his previous single "Bang" into the Top 40.
2008 Democratic presidential candidate
Hillary Rodham Clintonhas used "Right Here, Right Now" as her campaign theme song.Fact|date=October 2007 1992 Democratic presidential candidate Jerry Brownused it as his campaign theme song.Fact|date=October 2007
The band are soon playing three live dates in the UK in October 2008, two supporting the Wonder Stuff and one by themselves. Use the links below for further details.
Band leader Mike Edwards is an enthusiastic proponent of new music technology and presented a brief
BBC Radioseries describing its history.Fact|date=September 2008
Their first producer Craig Leon described them as "easily the loudest band in history".
The third album "Perverse" lays claim to being the first rock album recorded entirely digitally.Fact|date=October 2007 As a result, the jacket sleeve does not list the traditional guitars/ drums/ vocals credit; it instead lists a frequency range: 20 Hz to 4 kHz- Al Jaworski, 300 Hz to 8 kHz- Jerry De Borg, drum type sounds- Gen, etc. Mike Edwards lead vocals are the only non sampled acoustic instrument on the record.
* Mike Edwards (born Michael James Edwards,
22 June 1964in London) - Vocals, guitars, keyboards.
* Jerry De Borg (born
30 October 1963in Kentish Town, London) - Guitars.
Al Doughty- (born Alan Jaworski, 31 January 1966in Plymouth) - Bass.
* Iain Baker (born Iain Richard Foxwell Baker,
29 September 1965in Carshalton, Surrey) - Keyboards, programming.
* Gen - (born Simon Matthews,
23 April 1964in Devizes, Wiltshire) - drums, additional percussion.
* [http://www.jesusjones.com Official website]
* [http://www.redpenguin.net/bandphotos/ Photos from Jesus Jones' live show in London in August 2005]
* [http://www.cmapworld.org Jesus Jones and more Jesus Jones]
* [http://memorexyears.blogspot.com/2007/05/jesus-jones-perverse-foodemi-1993.html detailed review of Perverse]
* [http://www.jesusjonesarchive.info Archive of Info on Jesus Jones]
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=B46psa9wgb238 All Music Guide entry for Jesus Jones]
* [http://www.badvibes.net/viewArticle.asp?article=1124626116 Mike Edwards interview on Badvibes.net]
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