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Ju Ju Space Jazz
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entity Ju Ju Space Jazz
- Janie Jones was the real-life inspiration for the song of the same name on the Clash's first album, though few of the group's American fans ever learned the full story behind this British weirdo. A mid-'60s cabaret performer with more of a snarl than a voice, she was more renowned in London for her parties than her music, and gained some of her biggest headlines in 1964 by attending a film premiere in a topless gown. She had a small U.K. hit single (#46) in 1965 with the Halloweenish novelty "Witches Brew," and issued several other 45s in the 1960s that, with their burlesque camp, were a lot closer in spirit to Mae West than the swinging '60s. When she tried to play it straighter with songs by the likes of Jimmy Webb and British hit songwriters Carter/Lewis, her vocal shortcomings were all too apparent. She remained on the fringes of the public eye with a marriage to songwriter John Christian Dee (author of the Pretty Things' great early British Invasion raunch classic "Don't Bring Me Down"), but didn't really hit the papers until a seven-year prison sentence in 1973 on a charge of controlling prostitutes. After her release from jail in 1977, she got Joe Strummer to write a song for her, "House of the Ju-Ju Queen," which she recorded with the Clash in the studio; it was released on a 1983 single credited to Janie Jones and the Lash. She published her memoirs, The Devil and Miss Jones, in 1993.
favorite parties/events played at and why? _Forward the Future (Beyond the Brain)_ - Byron Bay with Tsuyoshi, Terence McKenna, Nick Taylor and all our friends and cronies - wow!
- interview from _Dream Creation_ Magazine
PZ: Do you think the musicians will recognize it when you're done with it?
BE: Oh yeah, because what I will do then is link those pieces together. Maybe a 16-bar fragment, make a part out of that, then take a bit from another song and put it in. I call this body of work Ju-Ju Space Jazz. It has the sort of discoördination that you sometimes get in jazz which I like very much. You get this formula where they play the riff together, and then it all falls apart for 20 minutes, and they play the riff again. And then everyone goes home. [laughter] I'm trying to get that feel of that middle bit. But with the threat that there might be some kind of coming together at some point.
- interview with Brian Eno - _Ambiguity, Yams & Ju-Ju Spacejazz_ By Pamela Z
track _Ju Ju Space Jazz_ MP3 by Brian Eno off of _Nerve Net_ CD (1992)