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Gary Jules

With 1998's Greetings from the Side, Gary Jules emerged as one of the most gifted songwriting talents to surface during the decade. The album was ultimately sunk by poor record label handling and, as a result, sadly neglected by an unknowing public. It would be three years before he resurfaced with the independently released Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets, an album that was even more stunning and advanced on all the promises of the first.

San Diego native Gary Jules Aguirre -- professionally shortened to Gary Jules to honor the Texan grandfather who called him that -- first began playing acoustic guitar as a child at the instigation of his parents. Unsatisfied with lessons, he quit shortly after his first recital, only to rediscover the instrument in fifth grade on his own, this time taking up electric guitar with John Lennon as the primary catalyst. By the time high school arrived, Jules and childhood friend Michael Andrews had formed an early incarnation of the Origin. (The band eventually signed to Virgin and put out two early-'90s albums, though after Jules had left the group and moved to Los Angeles.) In 1987 he began a yearlong stint at UCLA during which he started the band Kofi. The band went on a short hiatus the following year, and Jules took the opportunity to trek around Asia, sometimes singing in the streets for his supper. When he returned to the States, Kofi resumed playing and developed a small buzz around Los Angeles, until they called it quits in 1990. Jules moved back to San Diego later that year and formed Ourtown Pansies, who put out a limited, locally released CD before disbanding in 1992, after which he took off for and settled in San Francisco, where the Origin had already relocated. When that band broke up as well, Jules and Andrews began playing and recording together again. During this period, he wrote many of the songs that would eventually form the bulk of his debut album and make volumes of demo tapes. Andrews returned to San Diego to play with the Greyboy Allstars in 1995, and Jules began making frequent sojourns to Los Angeles to shop for a record deal.

Serendipitously, one of the few people who had heard the Ourtown Pansies album was Zeke Piestrup. An old roommate of a high-school friend of Jules, Piestrup had since become a DJ at the vaunted KROQ in Los Angeles. Thanks to his considerable industry clout, Piestrup managed to sign Jules to A&M when that major bought his indie label, Metro Ride. Jules recruited Andrews to produce the album, who, in turn, corralled engineer J. Bradley Cooke, fresh from working on the Counting Crows' Recovering the Satellites. Using rented Crows equipment, they holed up in Andrews' basement studio in the spring of 1997 and recorded the superb Greetings from the Side, which was subsequently mixed by industry heavyweight Tchad Blake. Unfortunately, A&M allowed the album to languish until it was finally released in the fall of 1998. The label also neglected to release a single from the album, and it disappeared before it had a commercial chance. (The record's title song did, however, find its way into the film Digging to China.) A&M promptly dropped Jules from the label and he did not resurface until 2001, when, lessons learned from his major-label experience, he self-released Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets. It took awhile to gain momentum, but with solid distribution in Europe and Australia and strong word of mouth domestically, Trading Snakeoil was soon on its way to being Jules' first hit album. His haunting remake of Tears for Fears' "Mad World" was issued as a single and debuted at number one in the U.K.; it eventually went gold. Jules then embarked on a tour of England and Scotland that lasted through spring 2004. ~ Stanton Swihart, Rovi
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I'm here for Jules not gow or Donnie darko
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Bioshock x 3
Does anyone no where frank is?
Tears for Fears version is better imo
Beautiful Song
F**k yeah!!!
It's a mad world....cra z y things going on. From bullying, to hateful criticism. Politics. Death. Sadness. But there is good things about our world. We have to have darkness to see the light.
Mad worl is haunting and sort of creepy but I like it
GEARS OF WAR 3!!!!!!
This freaked me out! This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you brake the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
shut up bbymael
JUST DO IT. TRUST ME FOR A CHANGE.
Mad World. YEA WELL, IT'S THE ONLY WORLD WE'VE GOT. MAKE THE BEST OF IT. DON'T BE SELFISH OR KILL YOURSELF FOR STUPID REASONS. THINK ABOUT THOSE OF US WHO CARE. DON'T DO ANYTHING RASH OR STUPID. AND GET THE HELL OUT OF LONDON. WHY ARE YOU EVEN THERE? ESPECIALLY IF IT'S GOING TO DEPRESS THE HELL OUT OF YOU. GEEZ. RAGING HORMONES AND HOLIDAYS. THE THINGS THEY'LL DO TO A PERSON. HOLD A CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE, IT WILL HELP YOU AND HELP THAT PERSON TOO. NO SECRETS AND NO PEOPLE PLEASING ALLOWED. J
doni darko brought me here that movie is alsom and so is the song scary bunney guy
thingsandstu f f w i t h e t a
This song is so amazing it makes me want to cry... *sob*
sarah2592
He sounds almost identical to the lead singer of Jars of Clay. Crazy!
I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I ever had. It makes me sad, listening to the beautiful lyrics. This song makes me wanna cry.....
Mad World. Makes me want sit in the rain.
I love this rendition so much better then the original song by Tears for Fears
O.o gears of war really try thanking donnie darko for this song since thats what made it big
I love this song, listen to the words...says it all
3 days, 16 hours, 42 minutes and 36 seconds... Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
I thank Gears of War for this song xD
Crappy REM rip-off band!
I always thought Mad World was an REM song. I was about to downvote this because I don't want my stations playing other REM songs, but this song is actually pretty good. I wouldn't mind hearing more from Gary Jules.
Real song very good song
Omg why this reminds me of dom santiagos death ������
Love it
lisasandsdes i g n 2
Mad World is an invitation to ourselves.
Listen to Tears For Fears - they wrote it
Lol. Tears for Fears
Mad world
This is such a sad song. I just like it because it is off of Donnie Darko. Just crazy.
rkeyser30
:(
jss3esq
I bought this (as a cassette) for the song Mad World, and was disappointed by the other songs on the recording (Jules didn't write Mad World) ... guess I'll have to go back and listen again.
So sad ;(
Exactly Donnie darko love this song and the movie
Absolutely one of the most moving melodies I've ever heard and lyrically wonderful
Donnie Darko
Mad world is his best song, its so cool it sounds like it should be on alice and wonderland or something O.o
The crazies movie
This song is depressing geez...
I've struggled with depression for the longest time, this song pretty much describes how I feel. And how I feel everyday
Sad but a good song
Loving this song...Adam Lambert did an amazing cover of it...
What a beautiful song and a sad song cause its true...its a mad world follow me if you like this song to
dmkerber1
What a beautiful voice....
I can really relate to this song because its true this world is a mad world
It's so sad how true this song is.....
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