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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 love this song. It reminds me of pretty little liars when they find allison's body
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I want Gary Jules to have my babies for christs sake. THIS SONG IS F**KING AWESOME
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eyecatchersu e
Thought this was REM... I like it!
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This so g helps me sleep ����
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Much better than the original... Love it.
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Better than the original
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We start with the innocence of youth... We grow up... Some of us figure out that when you cut through the bull s**t... It's a MAD WORLD. Simple, but poignent. BTW... this song has been rendered, reinterprete d , and defined many times... I still love the Gary Jules version. Not an atheist? GOOD! Atheism is for losers and sycophants. Try reading something other than the palm of your hand.
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I fall asleep to this song xD
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So sad and comforting I love this song ..
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someone uses this song for a book trailer, the book wonder, and it made really powerful
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Lyric find doesn't have him or the song!
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Hate $ong
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One other thing: G-d loves you. Maybe it doesn't seem that way now, but its the truth. You can turn your back on Him if u choose, but He will always be there, waiting for you, to embrace you in your own time. If you are looking for the strength you cannot find in yourself right now, all you have to do is pray, like meditate, with G-d. That's all. You can always text me if you need someone to talk to.
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Black willow cut out the self pity you fat lezbo baby. Grow up. The world in unfair, it's cruel, and the sooner you come to terms with that the sooner you can get on with our life. Every teenager thinks they are the target of some ultra malicious cabal. You re not. You are a stew of hormones, inchoate ideas, unformed identity, unclear goals, murky sense of self. It passes.
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rodge8783
Love it
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This makes me cry. EVERY F**KING TIME.
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For some reason, this song calms me... is that good��
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Shriek .
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Dlrow Dam
Mad World
#Cursed Planet
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yungp02
Gears of war
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This song is ominous and beautiful
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I love this song so much!!
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This freaked me out this isn't fake apparently if u copy this on 10 other songs in 10 min u will be kissed or asked out tmr and if u break the chain u will see a little girl in your room tonight and someone will say they love u or there sorry in 1 min
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I don't know who this guy is but him singing reminds me of Toby turner when he sings
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So well used in Donnie darko.
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rdframe62
Oh and that was about 35 years ago.
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rdframe62
Heather I was called fat, beat up because I was a Jew, ridiculed because I was from a mixed family and much worse. I had the same choices you have now. I choose to believe in myself moved out, joined the military and then met God. I have used those experiences to help others who had/have it like I did. Maybe you should choose to rise above and believe in yourself. Prayers for you.
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I get called a slut everyday because people say I f**ked a guy which I didn't but like you care.....I get called fat everyday because I eat more than other girls in my school.....I get called a baby everyday because I cry because I'm hurt by all the comments a rumors people say about me.....peopl e make fun of me because I'm a lesbian and that I don't belong here on this earth....but like you give a f**k about my problems. And your right I don't belong here so I go......
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Bst song evr
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Donnie Darko soundtrack classic song awesome movie!
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I can understand the praise, but this track is a cover. It's by tears for fears. He just made it less coked out.
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Mad World is my new favorite song. So eerie and intriguing.
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sadstuck. ;~;
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Stfu roocooks
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roocooks

1.say your name 10x
2.say your moms name 5x
3.say your crushes name 3x
4.post this on 4 other quizzes and your crush will kiss you this coming friday
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jarrodcote
This man is so simple and amazing!!!!
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Love this man's voice!
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General Hospital always plays this song. I'm in love
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Kiss ur hand say ur name and ur crushes name then post this on 5 other songs u will be kissed or be asked out by ur crush
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I just really like the way he sings in such a monotone style but with very pumped up instruments bringing in every thing togather
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dilley.david 3
Pfffft.
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gotcha to all who pull push shove slide crawl coddle angst that songlovingll y b l u e rise or set
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Donnie Darko oh yes
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It is mad world...our individual actions can make a difference ❤️
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relaxing song...makes me think of how much weve evolved
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*world
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Mad work by gray Jules is how I feel
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Gears of war gridlock song
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I love this song because of the MBK edit to Jeff The Killer. Describes pain exactly and I love the song alone anyways
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I'm here for Jules not gow or Donnie darko
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