And now for something completely different. Fresh from kicking some
punk-ass in the mosh pit during Social Distortion, it was back to
the main stage when one of the security dudes I knew asks me,
"What's the name of this band?" I tell him "Jamiroquai,"
to which he comes back "Ja-mare-a-who? What do they play?"
"Well, the only song I've heard is called "Virtual
Insanity" and it sounds a lot like Stevie Wonder. Kinda funky,
kinda soul like." He looks at me and goes "Hmmm, maybe I'm
Me, I'm now checking out the stage and there's all kinds of stuff
up there - a couple of percussion sets complete with those cool
wind-chime things, a horn section, and a little totem-pole looking
statue. And then the band came out.
Now, whereas The Mighty Mighty Bosstones were vying with Beck and
his band for the "best dressed award," Jamiroquai
definitely gets the "band with the coolest hats" award.
Jay Kay started it up, the band kicks in, and it was time for
groovin' along to the soulful sounding tunes of Jamiroquai. For me,
in all honesty, I didn't really like them.
I mean, the songs were tight, they sounded great, but the music did
nothing for me. As I watched, I didn't think the band would have the
charisma to pull off a massive "groove-fest" for the
couple of ten thousand fans to enjoy, and maybe it was just because
my hunger pains were taking hold of me that I couldn't enjoy the
band, but I'll tell you this, the crowd sure did.
I'm watching this, well, and I'm sure all of the Jamiroquai fans
will blast me for this comment, pretty boring band, as far as bands
go, up there on stage. Jay is just kinda bouncing around, the rest
of the band just plays their parts, but somehow they hypnotize the
crowd with their music and I'm watching a sea of waving people from
the front row to the back of the lawn. I'm confused, I'm hungry,
I've got to get some food before I pass out, and I've got to give
Jamiroquai TWO BIG "JA-MARE-A-WHO?" THUMBS UP because they
pulled off the seemingly impossible. Me, I guess I'll need to see
them again for a more detailed evaluation, but for now the rating
stands even though I didn't really like them. The crowd did - they
really did, so I guess my opinion doesn't mean anything.