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Thursday, June 22, 2006

JJ72 call it quits

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I can still remember the first time I heard JJ72's first hit "Oxygen." Such a simple, anthemic tune- and of course the surprise that followed upon finding out that the singer was in fact male. Great lyrics with vocals that send shivers through the body. It's hard to believe that they were actually together as a band for eleven years, and yet not all that surprising considering the fact that the members were mere teenagers when they started. And don't forget about the beautiful Irish lass bass player in the form of Hilary Woods, who left the band in 2003. Too bad their issues with their record company seemed to be too great for the Dublin band to continue. It's a shame, too- as they certainly still seemed full of promise. According to the band's website:

Reader, we are to let thee know,
JJ72's body only lies below;
For could the grave JJ's soul comprise,
Earth would be richer than the skies.

"JJ72 was born during an Easter many seasons ago; today it dies on the cusp of midsummer eleven years later.
"Mark Greaney, Fergal Matthews & Sarah Fox wish to express their deepest and darkest gratitude to all of those with impeccable taste who helped and supported the band.
"We remember everything, from mechanical birds in Japan to angels in arid Arizona, from broken bones and Berlin birthdays to predatory Portsmouth spiders. For those who disliked and perhaps despised (gasp) JJ72, thank you - how did beautiful photographs exist without a negative?! We crafted two monuments of magnificence for the future aural pleasure and pain of all would be JJ believers and doubters....and for those who care not for the passing of the petulant yet powerful pup....shame on you! Thank you to Hilary Woods for being a dazzling damsel and thank you to all who played music in/with the band. You know who you are."

And yes, their cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" predated that of Giant Drag's...

JJ72 Official Website

JJ72- Wicked Game

JJ72- Take From Me

JJ72- Heat


Anonymous sfenn said...

I'll certainly miss them. Thanks for 'Heat'.

3:40 PM  

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