Jack Off Jill

Jack Off Jill was a Florida Gothic-alternative rock band formed in 1992 by Jessicka Fodera. She initially joined up with Tenni Ah-Cha-Cha, though twelve members rotated through the group in its life. The group toured and performed with Marilyn Manson a significant number of times and have been compared to the more famous rocker. Like Manson, they were known for raunchy shows. In fact, Jessicka ran afoul of the adult entertainment laws of Jacksonville, Florida and was arrested in the city in 1994. Despite this, the group bore a greater resemblance to riot grrl groups, with Fodera's voice often child-like but able to reach a high intensity scream in the blink of an eye.

Discography

  • Sexless Demons & Scars (1998), produced by Don Fleming
  • Clear Hearts, Grey Flowers (2000), produced by Chris Vrenna

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In fact, Jessicka ran afoul of the adult entertainment laws of Jacksonville, Florida and was arrested in the city in 1994. Despite this, the group bore a greater resemblance to riot grrl groups, with Fodera's voice often child-like but able to reach a high intensity scream in the blink of an eye. In the early 2000s, Anderson's voice seems to be regaining some of its previous range. Like Manson, they were known for raunchy shows. The band has endured into the 21st century and continue to release new albums every few years. The group toured and performed with Marilyn Manson a significant number of times and have been compared to the more famous rocker. In 1996, an assemblage of progressive rock artists released a tribute to Tull, To Cry You a Song, which included contributions from several former Tull members, as well as artists including Keith Emerson, Tempest, and Wolfstone. She initially joined up with Tenni Ah-Cha-Cha, though twelve members rotated through the group in its life. Anderson and Barre have remained the core of the band (Pegg finally leaving in 1995, being replaced by Jonathan Noyce).

Jack Off Jill was a Florida Gothic-alternative rock band formed in 1992 by Jessicka Fodera. Anderson has released several solo albums since the early 1980s, and in the 1990s Barre also began releasing solo work. Clear Hearts, Grey Flowers (2000), produced by Chris Vrenna. Of particular note is 1992's A Little Light Music, a mostly-acoustic live album which was well received by fans due to its different takes on many past compositions. Sexless Demons & Scars (1998), produced by Don Fleming. Since then the band has released a variety of albums in a style similar to Crest but also incorporating more folky influences. It also included a booklet outlining the band's history in detail.

1988 was also notable for the release of 20 Years of Jethro Tull, a 5-LP themed set (also released as an unthemed 3-CD set and as a truncated single CD version) consisting largely of outtakes from throughout the band's history as well as a variety of live and digitally remastered tracks. The style of Crest has been compared to that of Dire Straits, in part because Anderson seemed to no longer have the vocal range he once possessed. In response to the criticism they received over the award, the band then reportedly took out an advert in a British music periodical with the line, "The flute is a heavy metal instrument!". The fact that it was the first time a Grammy geared towards metal was presented it was seen as a particularly hard blow and insult for heavy metal fans (after this, and perhaps because of this, separate Grammys were awarded for hard rock and heavy metal the following years).

The award was particularly controversial as many did not consider Jethro Tull hard rock, much less heavy metal. They went on to win a 1989 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, beating odds-on favorites Metallica. Vettese absent (Anderson contributed the synth programming) and relying more heavily on Barre's electric guitar than the band had since the early 1970s, the album was a critical and commercial success. Tull returned stronger than anyone might have expected with 1987's Crest of a Knave.

Although the band was reportedly proud of the sound the album was not well-received, and as a result of either that or the throat problems Anderson developed singing the demanding Under Wraps material on tour (or both), Tull went on a three-year hiatus during which Anderson began a highly successful salmon-farming business. In 1984 Tull released Under Wraps, a heavily electronic album. 1981 marked the first year in their album career that the band did not release an album. Peter-John Vettese replaced Jobson on keyboards, and the band returned to a folkier sound—albeit with synthesizers—for 1982's The Broadsword and the Beast.

Craney departed following the A tour and Tull entered a period of revolving drummers (primarily Gerry Conway and Doane Perry). It had a sound and feel completely unlike anything Tull had exhibited before. But the album had a heavy electronic feel, contributed by guest keyboardist Eddie Jobson. Entitled A, it featured Barre on electric guitar, Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention on bass, and Mark Craney on drums.

For whatever reason, though, Anderson released his solo album as a Tull album in 1980. Anderson decided to record his first solo album. Bassist Glascock died in 1979 following heart surgery, and Stormwatch was completed without him (Anderson contributed bass on a few tracks). During this time, David Palmer, who had orchestrated some strings for earlier Tull albums, formally joined the band, mainly on keyboards.

Although not formally considered a part of the folk-rock movement (which had actually begun nearly a decade earlier with the advent of Fairport Convention), there was clearly a lot of exchanging of musical ideas between Tull and the folk-rockers. The band had long had ties to the folk-rockers Steeleye Span. The band closed the decade with a trio of folk rock albums, Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses and Stormwatch. Songs from the Wood was the first Tull album to receive unambiguously positive reviews since the time of Benefit and Living in the Past. The press seemed oblivious to the ploy, and instead asked if the title track was autobiographical—a charge Anderson hotly denied.

Anderson, stung by critical reviews (particularly of A Passion Play), responded with more sharply-barbed lyrics. 1976's Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! was another concept album, this time about the life of an aging rocker. Following this album, bassist Hammond-Hammond left the band, replaced by John Glascock. Critics gave it mixed reviews.

In 1975 the band released Minstrel in the Gallery, an album which resembled Aqualung in that it contrasted softer, acoustic guitar-based pieces with lengthier, more bombastic works headlined by Barre's electric guitar. It also included a song, "Only Solitaire", allegedly aimed at a music writer who was one of Anderson's harsher critics. However, 1974's War Child, an album originally intended to be a companion piece for a film, received some critical acclaim, and produced the radio mainstay "Bungle in the Jungle". They had passed the peak of their popularity with the critics, and a decline in popularity with the public followed.

Up until this point, Ian Anderson had a friendly relationship with the rock press, but this album marked a turning point for the band. After several years of increasing popularity, A Passion Play sold relatively well but received generally poor reviews. Instead they quickly recorded and released A Passion Play, another single-track concept album with very allegorical lyrics. In 1973, the band attempted to record a double album in tax exile at Chateau d'Herouville (something the Rolling Stones and Elton John among others were doing at the time), but supposedly they were unhappy with the quality of the recording studio and abandoned the effort.

The title track is one of their more enduring singles, though reportedly Anderson wrote it with the specific intent of preventing its ascent to the pop charts. The live tracks excepted, it is regarded by many Tull fans as their best overall release. 1972 also saw the release of Living in the Past, a double-album compilation of singles, B-sides and outtakes, with a single side recorded live in 1970. This album's quintet—Anderson, Barre, Evan, Hammond-Hammond and Barlow—was one of Tull's longest-standing line-ups, enduring until 1975.

This was a concept album consisting of a single very long track split over the two sides of the LP, with a number of movements melded together and some repeating themes. Drummer Bunker departed next, replaced by Barriemore Barlow, and the band's 1972 album was Thick as a Brick. Aqualung is adored and reviled in equal amounts, although the title track and "Locomotive Breath" feature on most classic rock stations. The album is a combination of heavy rock music focusing on themes such as social outcasts and organised religion, and some lighter acoustic fare about the mundanity of everyday life.

Bassist Cornick left following Benefit, replaced by Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, and this line-up released Tull's best-known work, Aqualung in 1971. In 1970 they added keyboardist John Evan (although technically he was only a guest musician at this stage) and released the album Benefit. Stand Up feels not entirely unlike a jazz-tinged early Led Zeppelin album, with a heavy and slightly dark sound. Bach's Bourrée—it largely abandoned the blues in favour of the up-and-coming style of progressive rock being developed at the time by groups such as King Crimson, The Nice and Yes.

S. Written entirely by Anderson—with the exception of the jazzy rearrangement of J. This new line-up released Stand Up in 1969. Barre would become the second longest-standing member of the band after Anderson.

Following this album, Abrahams left (forming his own band, Blodwyn Pig), due to what was mainly a musical difference (Abrahams preferred to stick with the blues, which Anderson came to regard as a stylistically narrow and restrictive vocabulary for white "middle class" Englishmen). After a series of auditions (contrary to a rock rumour, not including Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, who actually agreed to appear on the Rolling Stones' Rock 'n' Roll Circus, to perform A Song For Jeffrey), former Motivation, Penny Peeps and Gethsemane member Martin Barre was hired as the new guitarist. The music was written by Anderson and Abrahams. After a couple of minor singles (including their first—an Abrahams-penned pop tune called Sunshine Day—on which the band's name was misspelled "Jethro Toe", now a collector's item), they released the bluesy album This Was in 1968. Their management were even suggesting that Abrahams do all the singing and the flute be eliminated, relegating Anderson to rhythm piano.

The story goes that the band went through a variety of name changes to get repeat bookings, and that Jethro Tull was the name they happened to sport when they scored a record deal (the name comes from an agriculturist Jethro Tull who invented the seed drill). Jethro Tull "paid their dues" in clubs in the mid-to-late 1960s with a revolving line-up which eventually crystallized into Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, and later many other instruments), Mick Abrahams (electric guitar), Glenn Cornick (bass guitar) and Clive Bunker (drums). More than most other rock bands, their music stands apart from the rest of rock music. Despite this, it is difficult to point to specific artists who have directly influenced or been influenced by Jethro Tull.

Their music has incorporated elements of classical and celtic folk music, as well as the art rock and alternative rock phases of rock music. Their music is marked by the quirky vocal style and unique lead flute work of frontman Ian Anderson, and by unusual and often complex song construction. Jethro Tull is a progressive rock band that was formed in Blackpool, England in the 1960s. a new album due for release in August 2005, the album title is currently to be announced.

The Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2003). Living with the Past (2002) (live). J-Tull Dot Com (1999). Roots to Branches (1995).

Nightcap (1993). The Best of Jethro Tull: The Anniversary Collection (1993) (collection). 25th Anniversary boxed set (1993) (collection). A Little Light Music (1992) (live).

Catfish Rising (1991). Rock Island (1989). 20 Years of Jethro Tull (1988). Crest of a Knave (1987).

A Classic Case (1985) (orchestral cover album). Original Masters (1985) (collection). Live at Hammersmith '84 (1990) (live). Under Wraps (1984).

Broadsword and the Beast (1982). A (1980). Stormwatch (1979). Live - Bursting Out (1978) (live).

Heavy Horses (1978). Repeat - The Best of Jethro Tull - Vol II (1977) (collection). Songs from the Wood (1977). Too Old to Rock And Roll, Too Young to Die (1976).

- The Best of Jethro Tull (1976) (collection). M.U. Minstrel in the Gallery (1975). War Child (1974).

A Passion Play (1973). Living in the Past (1972). Thick as a Brick (1972). Aqualung (1971).

Benefit (1970). Stand Up (1969). This Was (1968).

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