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Encyclopedia entry for 'The Jackson Code' LETTER:

Formed in 1988
StyleCountry, folk
 Original line-up: Mark Snarski (guitar, vocals; ex-Chad's Tree), Jason Kain (guitar; ex-Wet Taxis), Kathy Wemyss (vocals, trumpet; ex-Wet Taxis), Kenny Davis Jr (accordion, keyboards)
 Albums: del musical del mismo nombre (Waterfront, 1989), Strange Cargo (Citadel, 1992), Draggin' the River (Ra/rooArt, 1993), The Things You Need (Ra/rooArt, 1995), The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Hi Gloss/MDS, 1998).

History
Perth musician Mark Snarski spent several years with Chad's Tree, a band that also included his brother Robert. Robert formed The Blackeyed Susans, and Mark began to develop his songwriting with The Jackson Code. The band featured a nucleus of Snarski, Kain, Wemyss and Davis. For the band's debut album, Snarski utilised the services of Amanda Pearson (vocals, percussion), Barry Turnbull (bass) and Mark Dawson (drums). The band's critically acclaimed debut album, del musical del mismo nombre, came out in August 1989.

The band recorded the album in four days on a budget of $1000. The lush romanticism of the songs had critics searching for superlatives. Writing in Rolling Stone, reviewer Jon Casimir called the album one of the minor masterpieces of 1989. As Casimir put it, the band took inspiration for its `self-styled urban Romantic Cabaret' from German writers such as Brecht and Weill, as well as Tom Waits. Rather than capitalise on such acclaim, Snarski chose to take a break, spending two years travelling in Spain and the USA. He revived The Jackson Code in 1992 and recorded a new album. Helping out in the studio again were Pearson, Turnbull and Dawson, plus string, brass and `hand-clap' sections. The band issued Strange Cargo (August 1992) on the Citadel label. Once again, Snarski's songs were melodramatic vignettes, detailing a range of emotions and shady characters. The music ranged from rock to pop to country to jazz to European folk.

The band's third and fourth albums, Draggin' the River (December 1993) and The Things You Need (September 1995), offered further vivid splashes of literary colour amid a world of grunge and techno. These albums spawned the CD EPs `Who's Watching Who?' (September 1993), `Poison Berries' (January 1994) and `Bring Yourself Home to Me' (July 1995). In the early days, Snarski kept The Jackson Code's live appearances to a minimum, but as the band's profile rose via a deal with Ra/rooArt, he was prepared to tour more often.

After ten years, Mark Snarski announced the break up of The Jackson Code, with the band playing its last ever show in September 1998. The band’s break-up coincided with the release of the ‘Best of’ double CD compilation, The Second Greatest Story Ever Told. The set featured one disc of old chestnuts from the band’s four albums and one of rarities (live material, demos etc).



Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop / Ian McFarlane 1999
under licence from Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd

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