“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is the bluesy touchpaper of a TNT packed rock band that are righteous in every sense. Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind recently released their second album “CollectiV” and in the spirit of heroes like Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Cramps, Coachwhips, Gallon Drunk, MAKE-UP and Speedball Baby, theirs is a pummelling punk music, prosletysing with a pumping fist at the pulpit. I’ve been following Jim since the early days of Not The Same Old Blues Crap with Robert Orton with his first titular band The Jim Jones Revue, and of course he was a key member of aggro garage archetypes Thee Hypnotics (not to mention Black Moses). Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind have a brand new stand alone single called “Get Down Get With It” (as made famous by Little Rochard & Slade natch) out on 7″ coloured vinyl and a UK tour to boot, so it’s definitely the right time to get Jim on these pages to choose a tune (incidentally the 1000th tune to be chosen on Velvet Sheep between the “song for ewe” & “Lucky 7” series). Welcome to VS, brother Jim Jones!
As well as the new single on Ma§onic Records via Cargo out on 20 September, there’s a UK tour that’s sure to set the monitors into the red and the fans screaming blue murder for more, including a must-see late night London gig on Sat 21 Sept with a killer line-up featuring Ye Nuns (all-female Monks covers band that includes VS fav Delia Sparrow), Suzie Stapleton (someone i’ve been angling to get on VS for a while) and Chrome Mountain the Hypnotics-esque group of fellow Quietus scribe and top man Julian Marszalek, not to mention rock’n’roll DJs Helene de Joie and Las Titis and dancing from Rebel Skin. You’re not so much invited as advised to attend.
Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind have obviously been listening to a slice of Little Richard lately, but what other more obscure nugget has band-leader Jones been enjoying? It’s a crackling fissure of anger, a tune that I first heard when my old mate John Esplen at Overground Records re-released it on CD a few years back, and this incidentally is the second time this one’s been chosen in fairly short succession (last time by John Gill & Yanna Trace of Big Stick) and for stat fans – it’s only the third time a song’s been chosen more than once (the others being “Frightened” by The Fall and “The Humpback Whale” by Nic Jones). Without further ado, it’s over to Jim Jones with a “song for ewe”…
“I’ve recently been re-listening to the fantastic electric eels (lower case as a salute to EE Cummings)
They were a true protopunk band given to random acts of violence both on and off stage and based in Cleveland, Ohio circa 1975.
The single “Agitated / Cyclotron” (featuring Nick Knox – who later helped form The Cramps) was something I first heard via an older friend who had worked at the Intoxica record store on Portobello Road. Andy Bean was in some ways a musical guru to several of us teenagers at the time. He had a copy of the single and it blew our little minds!
Every time I need to check how explosive or raucous one of my mixes is, I use this as the yard stick. It’s superb stuff – enjoy!”
MANY THANKS TO JIM JONES AND TO JULIAN MARSZALEK
Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind will tour the UK in the autumn. They play:
19 – York, Fulford Arms
20 – Manchester, Night & Day
21 – London, The Garage
22 – Bristol, The Exchange
26 – Norwich, Waterfront
27 – Brighton, Green Door
28 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
29 – Southampton, Joiners
03 – Southend, The Railway Hotel
04 – Hastings, The Piper
05 – Bedford, Esquires
Tickets are on sale now at: https://bit.ly/2SvTKkt
BAND LINKS AS FOLLOWS:
CHECK OUT GAVIN JAY from JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND’s “song for ewe” here…
and here’s Big Stick’s “song for ewe” that also features Electric Eeels “Agitated”…