Artrocker Awards Nominees choose their LP Of The Year: The Jim Jones Revue
As this Friday's Artrocker Awards at XOYO swing into view, we're asking our nominees to pick their album of the year. Today, The Jim Jones Revue discuss Grinderman 2
"Grinderman's first album was released about the time The Jim Jones Revue first started playing shows and were generally getting our shit together. It was definitely an inspiration to us and evidence that rock'n'roll could still be dangerous and exciting. I was a huge Birthday Party fan so it was great to see Nick Cave cutting loose again and making some really explosive & visceral music.
Grinderman's drummer Jim Sclavunos went onto produce the Jim Jones Revue's second album Burning Your House Down . At the same time Jim was producing our album the second Grinderman record was nearing completion. We didn't get any sneak previews but there was a sense of keen anticipation of what it would sound like.
We weren't disappointed! To me Grindeman 2 is a 21st century psychedelic blues record with a real sense of menace. A bit like if The Stooges had recorded Electric Mud with Muddy Waters...
We were lucky to tour with Grinderman as part of the Big Day Out festival in Australia at the beginning of the year. The band weren't happy with their opening show in Auckland so really exploded at The Gold Coast show a few days later. It was a truly mesmerising & powerful performance that heavily featured tracks from Grinderman 2.
'Kitchenette' in particular was astonishing as a modern take on 'Come On Down in My Kitchen' by Robert Johnson or 'Back Door Man' by Howlin' Wolf.
Nick Cave repeated the "Tippy toes" line about creeping in through the window to "Stick his fingers in your cookie jar" until he was screaming and eventually stage dived into the audience-On a par with anything I seen him do in The Birthday Party!"
- Rupert Orton of The Jim Jones Revue