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Encyclopedia entry for 'Jimmy and the Boys' LETTER:

Formed in 1976
StyleShock rock
 1977 line-up: Ignatius Jones (vocals), Joylene Thornbird Hairmouth (born William O'Riordan, keyboards, vocals), Andrew de Teliga (guitar), Jason Morphett (sax), Tom Falkinham (bass), Scott Johnson (drums)
 Albums: Not Like Everybody Else (Avenue/Festival, 1979), Teddy Boys' Picnic (Avenue/Festival, 1981), In Hell with Your Mother (Avenue/Festival, 1982), Out of Phaze (compilation, Avenue/EMI, 1988).

History
Led by vocalist/contortionist Ignatius Jones and Joylene Hairmouth (the kitchiest of transvestites), Jimmy and the Boys were one of the most popular live acts on the Australian scene at the end of the 1970s. Much in the vein of US theatrical rock act The Tubes, Jimmy and the Boys pioneered the use of shock theatrics in Australia. Rock writer Jenny Hunter-Brown described the band as a `high voltage package of filth, glorious filth'. The band's gigs mixed S&M trappings, sex shop props, mock rape and other depravities with sub-Zappaesque humour, hard rock, jazz, reggae and disco.

Jones and Hairmouth regularly changed membership as the need arose. By late 1978, the line-up comprised Steven Hall (guitar, vocals; ex-Jasper), Danny Damjanovic (sax, flute), Michael Parks (bass, vocals) and Barry Lytten (drums; ex-Rabbit). The release of the band's debut album Not Like Everybody Else was held up because Astor Records (the band's distributor) deemed the material to be `too obscene'. The album eventually came out on Festival's new label Avenue during November 1979, replete with such choice songs as `Dr Cairo', `Butchy Boys' and `Cops are Coming'. One month previously, the band's debut single The Kinks' `I'm Not Like Everybody Else'/`Wild Boys' came out.

In April 1980, Jones and Hairmouth unveiled a new Jimmy and the Boys line-up which comprised Joe P. Rick (real name Rick Sutton, guitar, vocals; ex-Chariot), Michael Vidale (bass, vocals) and Scott Johnson (drums). The new line-up undertook the I Just Wanna be Rude to You national tour, and issued two singles, `Products of Your Mind'/`Komputer Song' (May 1980) and the Tim Finn-penned `They Won't Let My Girlfriend Talk to Me'/`Brave New World' (#8 in May 1981). The band's second album, The Teddy Boys' Picnic, spawned two further singles, `Mirror Mirror'/`Love is Cheap' (July 1981) and a cover of The Rolling Stones' `Get Off My Cloud'/ `Dr Cairo' (November). In January 1982, Jimmy and the Boys broke up, and Jones joined the stage production of the Rocky Horror Show in the dual roles of Eddy and Dr Scott.

Jones also issued two solo singles, `Like a Ghost'/`Seductive Ways' (April 1982) and `Whispering Your Name'/`It's No Reason' (March 1983). `Like a Ghost' and `It's No Reason' were written by The Church's Steve Kilbey. The singles became hot dance club favourites among the gay community on the American west coast. In mid-1982, Jones and Hairmouth temporarily re-formed Jimmy and the Boys for a national tour. This resulted in the live album In Hell with Your Mother, after which Jimmy and the Boys ceased to exist. Jones was reported to have signed a six-album American deal with Warner Brothers, but nothing eventuated. In 1984, Jones formed Arms & Legs with Andrew Ross (keyboards; ex-Ward 13), Kirk Godfrey (guitar; ex-Big Red Tractor), Steve Harris (bass; ex-Passengers, Visitors) and Jeremy Cook (drums), which lasted a year. Jones and O'Riordan then formed sophisticated swing jazz/cabaret band Pardon Me Boys with Jones' sister Monica Trapaga on lead vocals.

Jones contributed regularly to rock papers such as RAM (Rock Australia Magazine) and The Edge, and he went on to be editor of Stiletto magazine. In 1991, he published a book called The 1992 True Hip Manual. He contributed a re-working of John Paul Young's `Yesterday's Hero' to the soundtrack of director Baz Luhrmann's internationally acclaimed feature film Strictly Ballroom.



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

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