Anyone remember JJ72?

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Anyone remember JJ72?

Post by Mark87uk » 19 Aug 2020, 21:34

loved this band in the early 2000's disappeared without a trace, also loved the Paddingtons and 2 lesser known bands called 'the departure' and 'switches' anyone remember them?

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Post by TristramShandy » 20 Aug 2020, 15:38

Weren't The Departure supporting Graham when I saw his gig in Hammersmith Palais in 2004 or 2005? My recollection of them was that of a quite showy band...

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Post by Mark87uk » 20 Aug 2020, 16:55

I saw the support the tears at wolves civic, dunno about showy, but they were well turned out

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Post by stephen » 24 Aug 2020, 13:20

I feel like JJ72 were doomed from the start, they were promoted as travis version 2, but then again so were coldplay and they turned out pretty well

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Post by Neal Zeal » 25 Aug 2020, 18:10

Not bad, but I preferred YY28.

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Post by Themongoose87 » 09 Oct 2020, 15:32

Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

Sorry it took so long to reply, I've only just managed to pick myself up off the floor from laughing SO much

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Post by stephen » 13 Oct 2020, 15:02

They were well promoted, so when people say 'underrated' that's not true, they had quite a lot thrown at them but for some reason they didn't stick/resonate with a large crowd. The singer screeched a little too much for me, if that was toned down maybe they would have been more mainstream but that's purely speculation. I might be wrong but I remember the bassist wanted out of the band pretty quickly and didn't want the fame, so yeah throw loads of cash at a band that didn't want to be famous and what are you going to get

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Post by elasticaman » 30 Oct 2020, 01:36

JJ72 had a great run of hits, Long Way South (personal favourite) , October Swimmer, Snow, Oxygen, Algeria. kinda vanished when The Strokes showed up and changed what alternative music in the new millennium was. side note Hilary Woods was a cutie

saw them twice, once supporting Muse i think, and the other time they were headlining with Thirteen:13 supporting (featuring Toby Macfarlaine from grahams backing band, Paul Winter-Hart of kula shaker, as well as Wayne Murray formerly of Catch)

The Paddingtons were part of that shoreditch scene that followed in the wake of the libertines, they were fine, nothing special, not enough big hooks

the departure..... never has an english band wanted to sound more american than these guys, imagine mixing yeah yeah yeahs, interpol, killers, the bravery in a blender, yeah thats the departure... and they were somehow on EMI? major label invention??
well "be my enemy" is still a dance floor hit as far as im concerned

switches? ugh i dont think ive ever heard anyone say anything about this band. theyre nothing, they were a cheap franz ferdinand knockoff, and ive never seen their name outside of a bargain bin

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Post by jeffnottingham » 30 Oct 2020, 17:45

elasticaman wrote:
30 Oct 2020, 01:36
switches? ugh i dont think ive ever heard anyone say anything about this band. theyre nothing, they were a cheap franz ferdinand knockoff, and ive never seen their name outside of a bargain bin
I'm gonna say something good about Switches. Their song No Hero is an absolute tune https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGXy0_f0GkI
if they'd released that as a single, they could have ruled.

Also - they morphed into a band called Flash Fiktion, who are ace.

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Post by Mark87uk » 31 Oct 2020, 22:58

I really liked the Paddingtons they were ace live, panic attack was a great tune.

Switches, laid down the law was class tbf

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Post by stephen » 12 Nov 2020, 09:54

elasticaman wrote:
30 Oct 2020, 01:36
Hilary Woods was a cutie
:lol: :lol: I think she did a bit solo stuff on youtube, she's still around I think

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Post by Sledge Hammer » 09 Feb 2021, 21:39

The singles were great especially Snow, sadly not on Spotify.
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Post by Styopa » 01 Mar 2021, 12:30

elasticaman wrote:
30 Oct 2020, 01:36
JJ72 had a great run of hits, Long Way South (personal favourite) , October Swimmer, Snow, Oxygen, Algeria. kinda vanished when The Strokes showed up and changed what alternative music in the new millennium was. side note Hilary Woods was a cutie

saw them twice, once supporting Muse i think, and the other time they were headlining with Thirteen:13 supporting (featuring Toby Macfarlaine from grahams backing band, Paul Winter-Hart of kula shaker, as well as Wayne Murray formerly of Catch)

The Paddingtons were part of that shoreditch scene that followed in the wake of the libertines, they were fine, nothing special, not enough big hooks

the departure..... never has an english band wanted to sound more american than these guys, imagine mixing yeah yeah yeahs, interpol, killers, the bravery in a blender, yeah thats the departure... and they were somehow on EMI? major label invention??
well "be my enemy" is still a dance floor hit as far as im concerned

switches? ugh i dont think ive ever heard anyone say anything about this band. theyre nothing, they were a cheap franz ferdinand knockoff, and ive never seen their name outside of a bargain bin
Yes, I think this is possibly it.

JJ72 sound very much like a 90s band to me, in fact they even look like one- nothing wrong with that, of course, they did come out of the 90s after all. But the Strokes and then the Libertines took things in a different direction and, as you say, that set the tone of alternative music at that time.

Also, JJ72 is a terrible name I think!

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