Members: Jason Kay, Rob Harris, Paul Turner, Matt Johnson, Derrick McKenzie, Sola Akingbola, Lorraine McIntosh , Hazel Fernandez, Sam Smith
Active: 1992 - present
Jamiroquai are an English band led by singer Jay Kay. The band enjoys worldwide popularity and is the best-known member of the early-1990s London-based acid jazz movement, alongside groups such as Incognito, the Brand New Heavies, Galliano, and Corduroy. Jamiroquai have since, however, moved in other musical directions. Since formation the band has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
After Jay Kay auditioned unsuccessfully to be the singer of the Brand New Heavies, he decided to put together his own band. Jamiroquai's first single, "When You Gonna Learn?", was released in 1992 on the Acid Jazz label. Following its success, Kay signed an eight-album record deal with Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the first of which was the mercurial Emergency on Planet Earth in 1993 which was laden with soulful grooves, themes of social consciousness and flowing jazz instrumentations. The 1994 follow-up, The Return of the Space Cowboy, became a more definitive album of testimonial funk and psychedelic power.
The band's international breakthrough came with the third album, Travelling Without Moving in 1996, which yielded two big hits, "Virtual Insanity" and "Cosmic Girl," establishing a strong hold in the difficult American market. At the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, the creative videoclip for "Virtual Insanity" won four awards, including Best Video, Best Special Effects, Best Cinematography, and Breakthrough Video.
Their hit single "Deeper Underground" - the band's only UK #1 single to date - appeared on the soundtrack of the 1998 movie Godzilla. Another single, "Canned Heat" was featured in the films Center Stage (2000) and Napoleon Dynamite (2004), the latter for its famous dance scene. Also, "Feels Just Like It Should" features on the soundtrack for the game "FIFA 06".
The acid jazz flavours of the first three albums were less evident in 1999's Synkronized. Jay Kay's interest in funk and disco music were gradually shifting the band in other directions, and with this came further commercial success. By their fifth album, A Funk Odyssey (2001), the disco influence was especially evident. The fifth album's first single, "Little L", reached #1 in many charts worldwide.
In 2003 Jamiroquai compiled and mixed a DJ mix album for the Late Night Tales series for Azuli Records. The track selection shows some of the band's funk, soul and disco influences, including tracks from The Pointer Sisters, The Commodores, Johnny Hammond and Marvin Gaye.
Their latest album is titled Dynamite and was released on June 20, 2005. It reached #3 on the UK charts, with similar successes repeated around the world. It has been regarded as Jamiroquai's most diverse work to date, with danceable disco tracks such as "(Don't) Give Hate A Chance" mixed with the more laid-back jazzy sounds of "Talullah", which harks back to the much earlier Jamiroquai sound. The first single, "Feels Just Like It Should" was released early in June, the second, "Seven Days In Sunny June" released on August 15th, followed by the third, "(Don't) Give Hate A Chance" on November 7th.
Recently Jay Kay has expressed bitter resentment with his longtime record label Sony Music. In a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, he commented that "These days it's 18% music and it's bloody 82% marketing bullshit ... Next time I do an album, I'm gonna put it up on the internet for five fucking dollars." He also remarked that a Jamiroquai "greatest hits" album will be released in 2006, purely out of contractual obligation: "2006, they're out of the fucking picture. Take your greatest hits and stick it up your fucking arse." This combined with recent comments in an interview with The Sun ("There are other things I want to do with my life ... I want peace and quiet and to meet a nice girl and have some little pitter-patterers [children] and chill out.") had fueled rumours that he would retire following the Dynamite tour.
In March 2006, Jamiroquai announced their switch to Columbia Records (although Columbia Records is a subsidiary of Sony BMG). In May Jamiroquai performed during the Laureus Sports Awards in Barcelona; the event was later televised by NBC in June.
On September 18, 2006, "Runaway" was given its first play by UK radio stations. It was released as a single on October 30.
Jamiroquai released their Greatest Hits Album in November 2006. This album contained two new tracks, "Runaway" and "Radio". The release of this album marked the end of Kay?s eight-album contract with Sony. The album reached the number 1 spot in the UK album chart after its first week of release.
1993 - Emergency on Planet Earth
1994 - The Return of the Space Cowboy
1996 - Travelling without Moving
1999 - Synkronized
2001 - A Funk Odyssey
2005 - Dynamite
2003 - Late Night Tales: Jamiroquai
2006 - High Times: Singles 1992-2006
2002 - Live In Verona
1992 - "When You Gonna Learn" Emergency on Planet Earth
1993 - "Too Young to Die" Emergency on Planet Earth
1993 - "Blow Your Mind" Emergency on Planet Earth
1993 - "Emergency on Planet Earth" Emergency on Planet Earth
1993 - "When You Gonna Learn" (re-release) Emergency on Planet Earth
1994 - "Space Cowboy" The Return of the Space Cowboy
1994 - "Half the Man" The Return of the Space Cowboy
1995 - "Stillness in Time" The Return of the Space Cowboy
1995 - "Light Years" The Return of the Space Cowboy
1995 - "The Kids" The Return of the Space Cowboy
1995 - "Morning Glory" The Return of the Space Cowboy
1996 - "Do You Know Where You're Coming From" (M-Beat featuring Jamiroquai)
1996 - "Virtual Insanity" Travelling Without Moving
1996 - "Cosmic Girl" Travelling Without Moving
1996 - "Alright" Travelling Without Moving
1996 - "High Times" Travelling Without Moving
1998 - "Deeper Underground" Godzilla Soundtrack
1999 - "Canned Heat" Synkronized
1999 - "Supersonic" Synkronized
1999 - "King for a Day" Synkronized
2001 - "I'm in the Mood for Love" (with Jools Holland)
2001 - "An Online Odyssey"
2001 - "Little L" A Funk Odyssey
2001 - "You Give Me Something" A Funk Odyssey
2001 - "Love Foolosophy" A Funk Odyssey
2002 - "Corner of the Earth" A Funk Odyssey
2002 - "Main Vein" A Funk Odyssey
2005 - "Feels Just Like It Should" Dynamite
2005 - "Seven Days in Sunny June" Dynamite
2005 - Don't) Give Hate a Chance" Dynamite
2005 - "Hollywood Swingin'" (Kool & the Gang featuring Jamiroquai)
2006 - "Runaway" High Times: Singles 1992-2006
2006 - "Radio"
Submitted by OptimusPrime at Fri 17 Nov, 2006 7:52 am
Last updated by OptimusPrime at Fri 17 Nov, 2006 7:52 am