Gary Jules

    Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets


    Gary Jules did that Tears for Fears cover of “Mad World” that runs over the end sequence of everyone‘s favorite movie, Donnie Darko, and rode a wave of success in the UK. Such ridiculousness seems to happen every five years or so, with Frente! covering New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” to great approval in the mid-’90s and Orgy doing a rape-rock version of “Blue Monday” before going on to roll in the green.


    So I suppose Mr. Gary Jules gets some credit for profiting off a different ’80s British band, but it seems it should end there. Busting out of the Los Angeles singer-songwriter scene — which hasn’t produced much aside from the death of Elliott Smith — with a bid for a chunk of John Mayer or Jason Mraz’s fanbase, Jules produces something of a wispy acoustic Paul Simon/James Taylor hybrid. He has a voice that aches to be our generation’s Peter Cetera.

    “No Poetry” has him rambling to a love that “there’s no poetry between us,” and later there’s “room at the bar for ‘The Princess of Hollywood Way.’ ” Did he just say he’s up on Inspiration Drive? No cover of Kirk Van Houten’s “Can I Borrow a Feeling” here, but he did include “Mad World” for the screaming British fans — thankfully here we don’t tolerate this kind of crap.

    – 2001

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