Thursday, May 24, 2007

Jesus Jones

One of the more underrated acts to emerge from the fertile Madchester scene of the early 1990s, Jesus Jones have made a name for themselves as purveyors of aggressive, electronica-based guitar-rock, cleverly adding somewhat poppish sensibilities to anchor the oftentimes noisy proceedings. While their single-minded melding of man and machine hasn't always been successful, they did score a handful of hits on the British charts, with their popularity peaking in 1993, with the release of the wholly computer-modelled "Perverse".

Have a look at the video clips for the three singles drawn from it: the pulverising "Zeroes and Ones" (about the mind-numbing effects of living in a automated consumerist society) here, the subversive "The Right Decision" (about questionable leadership choices made in the name of patriotism and nationalism) here, and the swirling "The Devil You Know" (about mainstream society's propensity to pass unconsidered judgement on alternative cultures) here.


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