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Jamiroquai at the Jazz Cafe. Or: the soundtrack to my life

I can honestly say that there is no other band like Jamiroquai that I have worshipped with the same kind of enthusiasm and loyalty throughout the years. 18 years, to be exact. Naturally, a major chunk of my life’s soundtrack* is courtesy of Jay Kay and band.

I had seen Jamiroquai live three times already – twice at gigantic venues and once at a party at the rather small Park Lane Hotel in London. Just try and imagine my joy when I found out I had won tickets to see him live last night at the teeny tiny Jazz Cafe in Camden.

In genuine Rockstar attitude, I upped the Nurofen doses, snorted some anti-congestant and washed down the bitter aftertaste with a large glass of white wine. Quite the rebel, I know.

What can I say? I am feeling like shit today, but it’s been worth it a million times. The atmosphere was more than cosy, with no more than 300 people celebrating the return of this awesome band. I am, again, completely blown away by how amazing Jamiroquai are live.

I like that there are real musicians with real instruments on stage, I like that the lead singer can actually sing and that the lyrics are self-written and clever. I like that Jay Kay lights a cigarette or two during a gig and I like his slightly un-PC heart-on-the-sleeve approach.

*little L isn’t called little L for no reason. Cosmic Girl will always remind me of poor Thomas who used to play (and sing, urgh) it to me, not realising that I wasn’t cosmic at all but just a bit off. You give me something is the only Jamiroquai track I can’t bear listening to, as it was the track my ex chose to win me back after leaving me for his intern. And Talullah is the song that I listened to when I finally boarded a plane and left him.

Tell me. Where were you?


  1. ah- I love Jamiroquai- I have seen them live twice- The time in Zurich was a huge venue and the friend that I was with ate too many mushrooms and fainted during the show- I don’t speak German and it was a hupla getting things sorted- I have always loved their lyrics and often feel like they ‘speak to me’- I started loving them with Emergency on Planet Earth and feel most ‘at home’ with those tracks- but Travelling without moving was forsure on repeat forever. I love Cosmic Girl and how can anyone not feel like moving and dancing to virtual insanity- I have not heard their new album- thanks for the reminder.

  2. I like Jamiroquai too – although they went very quiet for a while. I love the new song Blue Skies.

    Glad you enjoyed the gig, there’s nothing better than hearing a favourite band play live is there?

  3. Jamiroquia at the Jazz Cafe? Just a teeny bit jealous. Glad you enjoyed it. I used to be a huge fan too.

  4. JamiroFABnyc says

    So jeally-glad you braved your cold and enjoyed a night of Jamiroquai-can’t believe it’s almost been 18 years since EOPE. jamiroquai as a group has always been a great live and the current line up has been 5 years strong and sound fantastic!

  5. Girl, I used to love them. I mean, maybe I still do – I haven’t listened in forever. I will definitely check around to what they are up to now!
    And El Vintage does ship to the UK, although I don’t know how expensive it would be!

  6. Wow.. how fantastic! And I love the story behind the soundtrack to your life! Music has the power to evoke so many memories. Hope you’re feeling better now Lovely! xxx

  7. Just discovered your curiously cool blog. And wish I’d known about this gig in advance – I have a friend who adores jamiroquai – Susan x

  8. I love when a band that you adore comes to a small venue – it is so amazing, I know the feeling. I would have done the same as you, sucked up any sickness and taken the meds and a few too many glasses of wine. Good for you!

  9. I love that bendy man with his beautiful voice- I don’t know why they went away but I’m glad they’re back- and Jay Kay is totally right about the X factor

  10. I like Jamiroquai too. They always surprise me because they are so good. In between I sometimes forget.

  11. Mytlemeboy says

    Y’all should get a dose of Kurt Elling. Now there’s cool . . . . .

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