Jugularity - Big House Live! - Review by Ian Dearden
An unholy collision of comedy cabaret with jugband, folk, blues, jazz, gypsy, country and rap music, Jugularity captured the essence of their live show in a single take at The Big House, Melbourne ... . It was such an impressive performance that the venue has since closed down!
Proudly proclaiming "no overdubs", this CD captures the polyglot essence of the band in full flight. With Ernie Gruner on fiddle, harmonica and recorder, Gavan McCarthy on bass, Bruce Stephens on vocals and guitar, and Peter Vadiveloo on vocals and percussion, these guys have the comic skills (performance and writing) and the musicianship to carry off this high wire act.
From "Matilda mon Amour" (which provides a surprising insight into the apparent French origins of Australia's unofficial national anthem), to the secrets of the blues ("Peter's Blues"), a touching insight into geriatric folksingers, which manages to namecheck Eric Bogle ("Ageing Folkie"), and some tips on commencing a new (carnal?) relationship ("Great Pickup Lines #1-600"), Jugularity have it all! Just when you think you've had enough, they wheel out the "Bobcat Blues", which shows off Ernie Gruner's chops as one of Australia's top gypsy jazz fiddlers. Finally, enjoy Track 13, which is a tribute to the art of digitally cutting up a performance to hilarious effect (well, the introductions, at any rate!)
If you haven't seen Jugularity yet, this is an excellent introduction. If you have seen them, it's an opportunity to capture some of that magic and store it at your house.
Big House - Jugularity - CD review by Chris Spencer
... this is Jugularity's fourth album. Recorded live, this album provides a good introduction to the band and the type of music the band performs. They are entertainers and there was much to amuse me on this CD. They use different genres, such as jug music, folk, blues, jazz, gypsy, country and pop to bring many a smile to my face.
Some of the tracks you will enjoy include Indecisive; Monkey with a Typewriter - a criticism of reporters; Matthew Flinders a parody based on a popular Handel air, [I particularly liked the line 'Matthew Flinders wanted to get into the social study books']; while Matilda mon Amour is a French version of Waltzing Matilda, with some amusing French language cliches. Bobcat Shuffle/Dancing Bear is an instrumental while Sway is another non-funny song! Despite being recorded live, there is minimal intrusion of the crowd, except for some applause. On another track, there is some smart repartee with members of the audience. Jug Rap is a humourous send up of rap and hip hop and similarly Peter's Blues has a go at the whole blues genre! Ageing Folkie has a few injokes for the folk enthusiast. Great Pickup Lines uses the country tune of the Bellamy Brothers to get a few laughs, while I never thought I'd hear Hot Chocolate's You Sexy Thing on a folk CD! Jugularity keep the 'integrity' - depending on your opinion - of the song, while sending up the disco genre and getting in a few jokes.
Jugularity Live at The Big House
IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT
somewhere in the world but, in Melbourne, it was a fine Thursday evening.
The seemingly unending stream of charabancs, omnibuses, electric tram cars, velocipedes and horseless carriages bustled along the street taking revellers, making the most of the final hours of their busy work day, to places of refined entertainment in Sydney Road Brunswick. Those who, having failed tests of pecuniary capacity, dress code or sobriety, had nowhere else to go clamoured to the artistic venue formerly known as Brunswick Post Office. Here, for several minutes, Jugularity had been preparing a modest evening of fun and frolicsome entertainment - a modest evening indeed, for this is an ensemble which has much to be modest about.
With augmented vocal chords and instruments of mass seduction, Jugularity was ready to cacophonously carouse, to chirpily chatter and to boldly split infinitives where none need be split. For, ladies and gentlemen, it was time to be live at The Big House!
Warning, these songs contain content adults.
1. Indecisive 4 44
In honour of the true, perpetual, human collective state of mind – maybe.
2. Monkey with a Typewriter 3 28
M Graham, P Craft (extra verses P Vadiveloo)
3. Matthew Flinders 2 39
GF Handel, WA Mozart, K Tierney, J Sanders, B Stephens
Centuries in the making!
4. Matilda Mon Amour 3 26
B Stephens, D Baronet
Voulez vous couchez avec moi ce soir?
5. Bobcat Shuffle / Dancing Bear 3 56
B Pasquarello / B McQuillen
Very tuneful. Note the stunning vocal arrangements.
6. Jug Rap 4 08
Check this out funky pumpkins!
7. Peter's Blues 6 04
The blues stripped bare.
8. Ageing Folkie 4 51
B Stephens (with apologies to Wheatus)
Art imitates life.
9. Great Pickup Lines #1-600 4 39
B Stephens (with apologies to the Bellamy Brothers)
Improve your social life in 30 days or your money back.
10. Sway 2 32
P Ruiz, N Gimbel
This sway and that.
11. I Believe in Miracles 5 29
We also believe in mirror balls.
12. Gigolo 4 07
J Brammer, I Caesar, L Casucci
I ain’t got nobody. (Perhaps I’ll meet someone at grammar classes?)
13. I Say, I Say 8 02
E Gruner, G McCarthy, B Stephens, P Vadiveloo (arr. H Williamson)
Words didn’t fail us.
Comedy cabaret meets folk, blues, jazz, gypsy, country and rap.
Ernie Gruner: fiddle, harmonica, recorder, backing vocals
Gavan McCarthy: double bass, backing vocals
Bruce Stephens: guitar, lead vocals
Peter Vadiveloo: percussion, lead vocals
Meet Jugularity at www.jugularity.com
© Copyright 2006 Jugularity. All rights reserved, all rites preserved, all wrongs righted and all rewrites welcomed.
Made in Melbourne, Australia.
File under: Acoustic Folk
Jugularity is based in Melbourne (land of the Wurundjeri people), Victoria, Australia
Management : Ernie Gruner / Kaleidoscope Music
Tel: (61 3) 9386 7108
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Thank you muchly to our personal support crew: Arlie, Bella, Cathy, Cayle, Davis, Jarman, Jered, Kerry, Liz, Rowan and Ruby. Thanks also to
• Tony Bannister & Ron Hansen for ongoing membership of the Original Jugularity Line-Up Club
• Julian Chapple for the fantastic front cover cartoon (http://www.julianchapple.com)
• Black Widow Graphic Design for graphic design
• the inimitable Harry Williamson for patience, persistence, creative comments, clever technical tricks and creative arrangement on track 13.
Cover notes blurb by Bruce Stephens.
The Big House is, sadly, no longer with us - it has gone to that even bigger house in the sky. In its place now stands a new night spot Dont Tell Tom.
Jugularity is managed by Ernie Gruner (and mismanaged by the rest of the band).
Recorded live by Harry Williamson in a single take on November 4th, 2004 at The Big House venue in Melbourne, Australia. Mixed and mastered by Harry Williamson during 2005 at Spring Studios, Melbourne, Australia (Phone +613 9529 7779; www.springstudio.com.au). The recording contains no overdubs and no animals were harmed during its production.
Comedy cabaret meets folk, blues, jazz, gypsy, country and rap, with Ernie Gruner’s fantabulous fiddling, Gavan McCarthy’s bravissimo bass, Bruce Stephens’ grandiloquent guitar and Peter Vadiveloo’s peripatetic percussion.
"Witty, zany and extremely popular." Woodford Folk Festival
"Humour with musical integrity." Dirty Linen Magazine (review of “Unjugged”)
“Beyond fusion to confusion.” Jugularity
“They seem like such nice boys.” Mrs P Marsh, Glen Waverley
If you enjoyed this CD, then check out these other tasty Jugularity treats.
• ‘UNJUGGED’ (2001) contains 12 studio-recorded songs with all bells and whistles (plus just a few more sound effects), an accompanying 12 page colour booklet containing lyrics and heaps of photos, plus a five minute video “Live at The Cockatoo Café” (Learn to Dance Like Jugularity! ) All on one CD! (Steak knives not included.)
• ‘GREATEST HATS’ (1996) is a 23 track CD compilation of two previously released Jugularity albums [‘Lively’ (1993) & ‘In a Jugular Vein’ (1990)]. These albums feature Ron Hansen on double bass and Tony Bannister on tin whistle, oboe, recorder and snorkel.
Produced by JUGULARITY.