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Saturday Night Music: Jellyfish

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:29 pm

Last Saturday’s entry, with clips of lead singer Andy Sturmer, was such a resounding success — garnering, at last count, somewhere between 0 and 2 comments — that I thought I would reprise the theme, this time with Sturmer’s more well known band Jellyfish.

She Still Loves Him, acoustic:

The Ghost at Number One, from the same session:

It’s like potato chips. We have to keep going. Not sure why this one starts mid-song, but that’s OK. New Mistake:

And a Badfinger cover: No Matter What.

I saw these folks around 1992 in Austin, both at Tower Records in an acoustic in-store performance, and later that night in one of the downtown clubs (I forget which one; perhaps the erstwhile Liberty Lunch). Their musicianship was simply amazing; the bold way four guys would step up to the microphones and belt out intricate four-part harmonies was something I will never forget.

17 Responses to “Saturday Night Music: Jellyfish”

  1. DING!

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  2. Imagine my shock at seeing a thread dedicated to Andy Sturmer and Jellyfish. I came to know them through my discovery of Japanese pop group Puffy (aka Puffy AmiYumi), who collaborated with Sturmer on some of their biggest hits across the Pacific.

    In 2002, I was just browsing at Amoeba Music in San Francisco when I heard “Love So Pure” from Puffy’s CD An Illustrated History and was knocked out. I bought it before leaving the store and came back days later when they did a short set inside the store’s tiny stage. I couldn’t go to The Fillmore the night they opened for the B-52’s (what a show that must’ve been), but I’ve been to every Puffy show they’ve played in San Francisco since. I was in the front row for their 2004 show to support Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, the (ill-conceived, IMHO) Cartoon Network show based on the singers, Ami Onuka and Yumi Yoshimura. The crowd was incredible; kids as young as seven were brought by their grandparents, and we all had a ball.

    It may sound silly to say I’ll always remember singing “LET’S GO!” back to Yumi and Ami as they held their microphones over the edge of the stage as they performed the theme to Teen Titans, but it’s true nonetheless.

    L.N. Smithee (da388b)

  3. Interesting choice.

    Smock Puppet, Gadfy, Racist-Sexist Thug, and Bon Vivant All In One Package (afdedb)

  4. Four comments – a new record. Congratulations!

    I remember Liberty Lunch. I saw a few shows including a friend’s band, “Lather” who, IIRC, stood in at the Liberty for an out-of-town band that couldn’t show called Sugar shack. Lather put on the best show (IMO) of their careers. Unfortunately, the Bass player kept jokingly misidentifying the band as “Sugar shack”. I heard later that the real band, Sugar shack, got requests for more bookings because of it.

    felipe (6100bc)

  5. The Teen Titan theme song is good, to be sure, gut I think this is “un poco mas macho”

    Of course they do not have Guitar Wolf to play a kick-butt solo, but whata-ya-gonna-do?

    felipe (6100bc)

  6. gut = but

    Stupid “ASDFGH” keyboard!

    felipe (6100bc)

  7. Badfinger did themselves no favor with that name with people who like easy on the ears romantic ballads.

    nk (dbc370)

  8. Oh, yeah, and there is Powerpuff Z. HMMMMM…

    felipe (6100bc)

  9. a great cover of a Badfinger song will get me every time…

    Here’s a British band I always loved for vocals, musicianship and songwriting doing a record store acoustic thingie…

    Colonel Haiku (45091a)

  10. Colonel Haiku,

    That is a big winner.

    Comments to the video suggest that took place at the CD Warehouse in Dallas, 32 miles from my childhood home. A marquee above their head suggests it was on or just before November 26. That was the day after Thanksgiving. It was my first year working here in L.A.; don’t remember if I went home for Thanksgiving that year. If I did, I easily could have seen this.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  11. ok we gittin our jellyfish on in casa pikachu

    it is 11:37

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  12. hah I love puffy!

    they’d completely fallen off my radar thank you Mr. Smithee

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  13. ok we switchered over to puffy this just makes my day better

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  14. These guys (Squeeze) are still playing the occasional date at the wineries in NorCal. I haven’t seen them since ’91 and I need to remedy that!

    Colonel Haiku (45091a)

  15. Austin is full of great musicians.
    Did some work on Lake Travis in the late 70’s and had a lot of fun on 6th st. Stevie Ray was my favorite to see.

    mg (31009b)

  16. oh, yeah… SRV!!!

    Colonel Haiku (45091a)

  17. Col. – He would play these small bars and end up jammin on the dance floor, playing behind his back and taking the place over. Electric.

    mg (31009b)

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