Music / Jamiroquai
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Jamiroquai is an English band formed in 1992 with singer Jay Kay as frontman. The original line-up included Jay Kay (vocals), Toby Smith (keyboard), Stuart Zender (bass), Nick Van Gelder (drums), Wallis Buchanan (didgeridoo), and Alec Moran (pipeau), though as of 2011 the only original members left are Jay Kay and Derrick Mc Kenzie (drummer circa 1994). The band was formed after Jay Kay's unsuccessful attempt to become the lead singer of fellow Nineties jazz/soul band The Brand New Heavies. Jamiroquai has released seven studio albums, the latest of which was released in October 2010. An eighth is scheduled for 2015.

Discography of Albums
  • Emergency on Planet Earth (1993)
  • The Return of Space Cowboy (1994)
  • Travelling Without Moving (1996)
  • Synkronized (1999)
  • A Funk Odyssey (2001)
  • Dynamite (2005)
  • Rock Dust Light Star (2010)
  • TBA (2016)

Discography of Songs

The band Jamiroquai provides examples of the following:

  • Animal Motifs: Buffalo Man as seen below.
  • Author Appeal:
    • Apart from the usual funk music themes such as romance, independence and dancing, their music has several quite diverse interests crop up repeatedly.
      • One is concern about scientific progress going too far, environmental concerns and problems on a global scale eg Emergency On Planet Earth, Corner Of The Earth, Virtual Insanity, Too Young to Die, Planet Home.
      • Another is getting high eg High Times, Space Cowboy, Travelling Without Moving. High Times does show a more serious side to drug usage.
      • A third is arguably a subset of the scientific side of things, but they also have a lot of references to space. Cosmic Girl, Return Of The Space Cowboy, Mr Moon, Light Years.
    • In video clips, fast cars. Cosmic Girl has a video clip which could be simply described as "Jay Kay drives cars fast". Which is a little odd considering their stance on the environment. Travelling Without Moving has an intro which is a Lamborghini going up to 5th gear.
  • Break Away Pop Hit: Virtual Insanity in the UK, Canned Heat and Deeper Underground in the United States.
  • Chart Displacement: Their sole Hot 100 entry was "Alright", which (to say the least) is far less famous than "Virtual Insanity" and "Canned Heat".
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Jay Kay and how.
  • Cool Car: Jay Kay enjoys collecting sport cars.
  • Conveyor Belt Video: For Virtual Insanity.
  • Cult Soundtrack.
  • Funk: Most of the band's singles fall into this category.
  • Greatest Hits: High Times: The Singles, which covers most of their singles up until 2006. However, it omits one of their greatest hits, You Give Me Something, for reasons which have never been made clear.
  • I Am the Band: To a lot of people, Jay Kay is Jamiroquai. To be fair, the band members started disappearing from promotional material as early as the second album (and they make only a 10-second cameo in the "Virtual Insanity" video.) However, the other band members are quite happy to stay in the shadows whilst Jay does all the promotion. In recent years, the band members have been more likely to respond to fans' questions about potential new albums/tours than Jay is.
  • Insistent Terminology: Do NOT call Jamiroquai a pop band in earshot of their diehard fans. They are a funk group thank you very much.
    • Their early work is Acid Jazz. Not pop, not disco, not electronic dance music.
  • Jazz: The other category into which most of the band's singles falls into.
  • Loudness War: To an extent, especially on A Funk Odyssey, where the multitracks were actually delivered clipped and distorted. This is particularly obvious when hearing a track like Main Vein and any of its remixes, where the distorted vocals stand in contrast to the usually well produced backing tracks.
  • Mascot: BuffaloMan is the band's mascot.
  • Melting-Pot Nomenclature: The name of the band was constructed from "jam" as in jam sessions and "iroquai" as in the name of a Native American Iroquois tribe.
  • New Sound Album: Travelling Without Moving introduced pop-dance elements in tracks like "Virtual Insanity" and "Cosmic Girl", which would generally become the sound Jay would pursue and become known for over the next few years. Previously, the band's music had been in a very jazz-funk and jam type style.
  • Nice Hat: And how! Look at this page's image for just one example.
    • To the point where a common nickname amongst people who don't like him is "the twat in the hat".
  • The '90s: The decade in which Jamiroquai had its biggest success. They were introduced to an American fanbase by riding on the waves of the then Brit-pop phenomenon pushed by bands like the Spice Girls and Oasis.
  • Overcrank / Undercrank: Used in alternating capacities in the video for "You Give Me Something". An entire sunset is undercranked during an instrumental passage, followed by Jay overcranking his way to a car full of women. The technique was used in their earlier video "Stillness in Time".
  • Rearrange the Song: The band did this constantly in live performances, frequently extending songs, and making the songs more jazzy or more hard rocking. For instance, compare the studio version of Use The Force to the one on Live At Montreux.
  • Shout-Out: The clip to "(Don't) Give Hate a Chance" is a big one to the Italian cartoon La Linea.
    • Travelling Without Moving is possibly a reference to the Dune book series as the interstellar travel method of folding space is described as "travelling without moving".
  • Urban Legend: A Funk Odyssey's Test Pressing version syncs up perfectly with 2001: A Space Odyssey. The final version of the album doesn't, due to removing interludes, shortening songs, and adding "Love Foolosophy" (a newly written song for a single) in place of "Do It Like We Used To Do", which Sony insisted on. It is highly likely this was intentional, because of the album title and the various homages to the movie featured on it. The album's title, which at that point was 2001: A Funk Odyssey before Sony made them cut it down. The album also includes a song called Twenty Zero One, and one of the interludes on the test pressing was The Blue Danube waltz - taken directly from the soundtrack to 2001, which the band also used as a live interlude too. The band's idea of syncing the album is believed to be a Shout-Out to the similar theory of The Dark Side of the Moon syncing up with The Wizard of Oz.