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.

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)

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Nineties: 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".
  • Promoted Fanboy: Nick Fyffe was in the process of applying to a Jamiroquai tribute band, when he got the offer to join Jamiroquai in place of Stuart Zender, the band's bass player for their first three albums, who left the band during the making of Synkronized.
  • 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".
  • Throw It In: According to Pop-Up Video, there was supposed to be a lot more blood coming out of the walls at the end of "Virtual Insanity." However, the pump broke, the crew got doused, and only a small trickle on one wall actually made it into the room. The director decided that looked better and kept it.
    • Jay Kay mentioned that Funktion was included on Travelling Without Moving as an unlisted bonus track for this reason. It was an improvised jam, not an actual song, and the band had a lot of fun making it, as can be heard from their occasional laughter.
  • Urban Legend: A Funk Odyssey's Test Pressing version syncs up perfectly with Two Thousand And One 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 Two Thousand And One A Space Odyssey, which the band also used as a live interlude too. The band's idea of syncing the album is believed to have been done in reference to the similar theory of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon syncing up with The Wizard of Oz.
  • What Could Have Been: If Jay Kay had been successful in becoming lead singer for the Brand New Heavies, who knows what musical history might have been made.
    • A Funk Odyssey was originally a longer, more experimental album that would have synced up to 2001: A Space Odyssey but wasn't finished by the time Sony made them make changes to it. "Feel So Good", "You Give Me Something", "Stop Don't Panic" and "Twenty Zero One" were all of extended length; "Main Vein" had no vocal track; "Do It Like We Used To Do" featured instead of "Love Foolosophy" (which hadn't been written yet), and the album featured three interludes to push it into pseudo-Concept Album territory.