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Gary Jules

With 1998's Greetings from the Side, Gary Jules emerged as one of the most gifted songwriting talents to surface during the decade. The album was ultimately sunk by poor record label handling and, as a result, sadly neglected by an unknowing public. It would be three years before he resurfaced with the independently released Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets, an album that was even more stunning and advanced on all the promises of the first.

San Diego native Gary Jules Aguirre -- professionally shortened to Gary Jules to honor the Texan grandfather who called him that -- first began playing acoustic guitar as a child at the instigation of his parents. Unsatisfied with lessons, he quit shortly after his first recital, only to rediscover the instrument in fifth grade on his own, this time taking up electric guitar with John Lennon as the primary catalyst. By the time high school arrived, Jules and childhood friend Michael Andrews had formed an early incarnation of the Origin. (The band eventually signed to Virgin and put out two early-'90s albums, though after Jules had left the group and moved to Los Angeles.) In 1987 he began a yearlong stint at UCLA during which he started the band Kofi. The band went on a short hiatus the following year, and Jules took the opportunity to trek around Asia, sometimes singing in the streets for his supper. When he returned to the States, Kofi resumed playing and developed a small buzz around Los Angeles, until they called it quits in 1990. Jules moved back to San Diego later that year and formed Ourtown Pansies, who put out a limited, locally released CD before disbanding in 1992, after which he took off for and settled in San Francisco, where the Origin had already relocated. When that band broke up as well, Jules and Andrews began playing and recording together again. During this period, he wrote many of the songs that would eventually form the bulk of his debut album and make volumes of demo tapes. Andrews returned to San Diego to play with the Greyboy Allstars in 1995, and Jules began making frequent sojourns to Los Angeles to shop for a record deal.

Serendipitously, one of the few people who had heard the Ourtown Pansies album was Zeke Piestrup. An old roommate of a high-school friend of Jules, Piestrup had since become a DJ at the vaunted KROQ in Los Angeles. Thanks to his considerable industry clout, Piestrup managed to sign Jules to A&M when that major bought his indie label, Metro Ride. Jules recruited Andrews to produce the album, who, in turn, corralled engineer J. Bradley Cooke, fresh from working on the Counting Crows' Recovering the Satellites. Using rented Crows equipment, they holed up in Andrews' basement studio in the spring of 1997 and recorded the superb Greetings from the Side, which was subsequently mixed by industry heavyweight Tchad Blake. Unfortunately, A&M allowed the album to languish until it was finally released in the fall of 1998. The label also neglected to release a single from the album, and it disappeared before it had a commercial chance. (The record's title song did, however, find its way into the film Digging to China.) A&M promptly dropped Jules from the label and he did not resurface until 2001, when, lessons learned from his major-label experience, he self-released Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets. It took awhile to gain momentum, but with solid distribution in Europe and Australia and strong word of mouth domestically, Trading Snakeoil was soon on its way to being Jules' first hit album. His haunting remake of Tears for Fears' "Mad World" was issued as a single and debuted at number one in the U.K.; it eventually went gold. Jules then embarked on a tour of England and Scotland that lasted through spring 2004. ~ Stanton Swihart
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Gary Jules

1. Falling Awake

2. The Devil Keeps Grinning

3. Gone Daddy

4. Serpent - In - Claw

5. Little Greenie

6. There's A Hole In The Sky

7. Whiskey For Everybody

8. Wichita

9. Andalucia

10. Dustcloud And The Honeybees

11. Road Song Blues

12. One Little Light

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Track List: Trading Snakeoil For Wolf Tickets

1. Broke Window

2. No Poetry

4. Lucky

5. Something Else

6. Pills

7. Boat Song

9. The Princess Of Hollywood Way

10. Patchwork G

11. Barstool

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Track List: Falling Awake

1. Falling Awake

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Track List: I Want You To Want Me (Single)

1. I Want You To Want Me

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Mad World. Peace can exist if we let it. Peace for all.
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Please pray for us as a nation, we are need to love one another and celebrate are differences, the beauty that is America
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Amazing.
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battleship99
Simply Astounding and heartfelt .
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All around me are familiar faces
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Awesomeness trapped in a spinning globe in our heads.
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Here we go..Mad World indeed
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Mad world...runn i n g around in circles...ge t t i n g dizzy.
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alanarogers1 1
But I love this song
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alanarogers1 1
*with fluffy eyebrows*Awl around me are familler faycses
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OMG I LOVE YOU GUYS!!! :) send me pics at 714 Pale Girl ;)
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It is a Mad World...this song expresses what you feel in such fine detail
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One of my favorites keep rocken man it crazy out there... onya gary
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Marcus and Dom's love song!
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all around me are familure faces....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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This is the first time I've heard of this artist.
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this song is a meme
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peterhutcho
While this is a beautiful song, I don't know that it's accurate to identify Gary Jules as one of the most gifted songwriting talents to surface during the decade. The fact that he achieved such tremendous success with a cover song and never charted with an original song, suggests it's a major exaggeration at best.
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Is it me or was this song featured in Donnie Darko? Was that mentioned in the article and I missed it?
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maureenmejia
LOVE! Thank you for this beautiful song. Keep making music!
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when u listenin to "mad world" and it happens to be your birthday...
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I love your song....it's very inspiring it makes you want to get up in front of every one and yell so u will be noticed
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This song makes me want to keep my close my eyes and dream.
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twinfisher3
MAD WORLD so peaceful,hel p s me concentrate, s o sad, and made me cry.��������
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cmnewborn
4chords >V>
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R.I.P Dominic Santiago
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Lil
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Hearing this song at this time was heaven sent. So many heavy hearts in our nation after San Bernardino's immeasurable loss this week. I thank God for the blessed gift of lyrics such as these. Praying for Grace to deliver.
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( ;´Д`)
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I cri. Thanks gears
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nnelson262
Great Song! Really makes you think about your life.
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The locust are not dead.
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Sorry but this song isn't really my. Fav
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so many people s**t on this guy for having poor agents/recor d i n g labels/etc but i say F**K THEM gary jules is feel good music completely
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This song explains how I feel most of the time
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R.I.P. Dominic Sontiago
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kboldt5
had no idea it was a Tears For Fears original. Just watched the original TFF version on YouTube. Totally sucks compared to the GJ version. This guy is a genius- saddest song I ever heard....I cry every time.
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This is a mad world
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He's a guy who never gave up. Thank heavens.
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better than the tears for fears version - love it
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Touching
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Say IPhone 5 times post this on othor two songs and look under your pillow
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The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had..
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athenafl
The original song is by Tears for Fears which is a new wave band, but you right, I am a huge fan of R.E.M. and it does sound a lot like him.
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Meh feels
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DOM��������
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it alright
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Song from the film 'Donnie Darko'.
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Luv it
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i thought this was REM
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