Jill Sobule performing at D5
|Born||January 16, 1961|
|Origin||Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, session musician|
Jill Sobule (born January 16, 1961 in Denver, Colorado) is an American singer-songwriter best known for the controversial 1995 song "I Kissed a Girl", and for "Supermodel" from the soundtrack of the 1995 film Clueless. Events 27 BC - The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate. Year 1961 ( MCMLXI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The City and County of Denver (pronounced /ˈdɛnvɚ/ is the Capital and the most populous city of Colorado, in the United States The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Rock music is a genre of Popular music often though not necessarily employing Electric guitar, Bass guitar, and Drums. Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with Speech. A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both Session musicians are musicians available for hire as opposed to musicians who are either permanent members of a musical outfit or who have acquired fame in their own right A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with Speech. The guitar is a Musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles Events 27 BC - The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate. Year 1961 ( MCMLXI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The City and County of Denver (pronounced /ˈdɛnvɚ/ is the Capital and the most populous city of Colorado, in the United States The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Singer-songwriter is a term that refers to Performers who write, compose and sing their own material including Lyrics Clueless is a 1995 Comedy film based on Emma by Jane Austen and set in a Beverly Hills high school Her folk-inflected compositions alternate between ironic, story-driven character studies and emotive ballads, a duality reminiscent of such 1970s American songwriters as Warren Zevon, Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman. Warren William Zevon (January 24 1947 &ndash September 7 2003 was a Grammy Award -winning American rock Singer-songwriter and Musician Harry Edward Nilsson III ( June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994) was an American Songwriter, singer Pianist, and Randall Stuart “Randy” Newman (born November 28 1943 is an Academy Award –winning American Singer/songwriter, arranger, Composer Autobiographical elements, including Sobule's Jewish heritage and her adolescent battles with anorexia and depression, frequently occur in Sobule's writing. Major depressive disorder, also known as major depression, unipolar depression, unipolar disorder, clinical depression, or simply depression An appreciable percentage of her work is also dedicated to detailed accounts of both her own fictional female creations and such troubled but celebrated women as Joey Heatherton and Mary Kay Letourneau, whose stories are usually used to make ironic comments about fame and celebrity. Joey Heatherton (born September 14, 1944) is an American actress dancer and singer who reached the peak of her popularity in the 1960s Mary Fualaau (born January 30 1962 in Orange County California (formerly Mary Kay Letourneau, née Mary Katherine Schmitz) is
To date Sobule has released five major-label albums of original songs, three EPs, an independently distributed acoustic record, and a greatest hits compilation album. An extended play ( EP) is a Vinyl record, CD, or Music download which contains more music than a single, but is too short to qualify A greatest hits album (sometimes referred to as a " best of " album is a Compilation album of successful previously released Songs by a particular Sobule's output also includes original songs available only via the Internet, a cover of Robert Earl Keen's Christmas novelty track "Merry Christmas from the Family," and a version of the late Warren Zevon's "Don't Let Us Get Sick" included on both Sobule's acoustic album and on a posthumous Zevon tribute record. Robert Earl Keen Junior (born January 11 1956 in Houston Texas) is a Texan Singer-songwriter. Though Sobule remains more of an underground artist, playing for fans across the United States in smaller, more personal settings, her albums are frequently critically acclaimed and her music industry supporters include Rundgren, Tom Morello, Steve Earle, and Eagles member Don Henley. Thomas Baptist Morello (born May 30 1964 is a Grammy Award -winning American Guitarist best known for his tenure with the bands Rage Against the Machine Stephen 'Steve' Fain Earle (ɝl is an American Singer-songwriter, well known for his rock and Country music, as well as his political views Donald Hugh " Don " Henley (born July 22, 1947, in Gilmer Texas, U
Sobule's debut album Things Here Are Different was released in 1990. Things Here Are Different is the first Album by American Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, released in 1990 Though produced by pop legend Todd Rundgren, the album failed to sell. Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States) is an American Musician During this period a follow-up record was produced by British New Wave rocker Joe Jackson but Sobule was dropped from her label and the second record was never released. Joe Jackson (born David Ian Jackson, 11 August 1954 Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire) is an English Musician and Singer-songwriter It was five years before Sobule landed another recording contract.
Her 1995 album Jill Sobule established Sobule as part of a short-lived but fruitful mid-90s movement of female singer-songwriters that included such artists as Lisa Loeb, Juliana Hatfield and Alanis Morissette. Jill Sobule is the second Album by American Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, released in 1995 Lisa Anne Loeb (born March 11, 1968) is an American Singer-songwriter and actress. Juliana Hatfield (born July 27, 1967 in Wiscasset, Maine, United States) is an American Guitarist Singer-songwriter Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1 1974 is a Canadian-born Singer-songwriter, Record producer, and Actress. The album contains Sobule's most well-known composition "I Kissed a Girl", a story-song about a lesbian flirtation between two suburban girlfriends which became an unlikely radio success thanks in part to a comedic music video featuring beefcake male model Fabio. A music video is a Short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music most commonly a Song with lyrics Fabio Lanzoni (born March 15, 1959) widely known simply as Fabio, is an Italian male fashion model who appeared on the cover of hundreds "Supermodel" (sample lyric: "I didn't eat yesterday. . . and I'm not gonna eat today. . . and I'm not gonna eat tomorrow. . . 'Cause I'm gonna be a supermodel") managed to both send up and celebrate American teenage lifestyles, and became well-known after its inclusion in 1995's hit teen comedy film Clueless. Clueless is a 1995 Comedy film based on Emma by Jane Austen and set in a Beverly Hills high school
The Jill Sobule album seemed to establish Sobule's commercial prospects, but her third album slowed that momentum while setting what has so far been the musical and production patterns for the rest of her career. 1997's Happy Town featured Sobule's most elaborate pop productions to date and contains songs about an eclectic range of topics including reactionary Christianity ("Soldiers of Christ"), the negative impact of anti-depressant medication on the libido ("Happy Town") and what is either the only track ever recorded that uses Anne Frank's enforced Nazi-era hibernation as the metaphor for a love song or the only song about Anne Frank that couches her life and death in the terms of a tussle over loyalty between two lovers ("Attic"). Happy Town is the third Album by American Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, released in 1997 Though embraced by record reviewers from publications as diverse as the Advocate and Entertainment Weekly, Happy Town sold poorly, simultaneously solidifying Sobule's critical reputation while stalling her commercial momentum. The Advocate ( is a US -based LGBT -related biweekly Newsmagazine. Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated as EW) is a Magazine published by Time Inc Happy Town is the third Album by American Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, released in 1997
The 2000 record Pink Pearl may be Sobule's most characteristic set. Pink Pearl is the fourth Album by American Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, released in 2000 Anchored by the female character studies "Lucy at the Gym" (about an anorexic exercise addict), "Claire" (about an aging lesbian aviatrix succumbing to Alzheimer's disease) and "Mary Kay" (about Letourneau, the notorious real-life schoolteacher who became impregnated and imprisoned because of an affair with a 13-year-old male student), Pink Pearl also contains some of Sobule's most directly confessional songwriting, especially the atheist's prayer "Somewhere in New Mexico" and the insomniac's lullaby "Rock Me To Sleep". Alzheimer's disease ( AD) also called Alzheimer disease or simply Alzheimer's, is the most common form of Dementia. Pink Pearl is the fourth Album by American Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, released in 2000 Henley contributed a promotional quotation to the ad campaign for the album and selected Sobule to open for him during his solo tour that year.
In 2004, Sobule self-released an independent album of demo-quality acoustic tracks entitled The Folk Years 2003-2003. In addition to some of her rarer compositions and several tracks that would later receive fuller arrangements on Sobule's next major-label release, Sobule performed offbeat cover versions of such standards as the old Doris Day theme song "Que Sera Sera" and "Sunrise/Sunset" from the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. " Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be " first published in 1956 is a popular Song which was written by the Jay Livingston and Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set
Sobule's most recent full-length studio album is 2004's Underdog Victorious, a representative selection that alternates between self-portraiture and ironic story songs. Underdog Victorious is the fifth studio Album by American Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, released in 2004 Here Sobule comments on her own unconventional show business career (the bittersweet "Freshman") as well as the tragicomic arc of go-go dancing 60s icon Joey Heatherton ("Joey") alongside whimsical autobiographical songs ("Cinnamon Park" and "Strawberry Gloss") and more politicized tracks dealing with issues related to adolescent homosexuality ("Underdog Victorious" and the humorous "Under the Disco Ball") and even sexual slavery ("Tel Aviv," sung in the voice of a girl forced into prostitution after going overseas for a waitressing job "in the Promised Land"). Go-Go dancers are Dancers who are employed to entertain at a Discotheque. Joey Heatherton (born September 14, 1944) is an American actress dancer and singer who reached the peak of her popularity in the 1960s Sobule's niche as one of the more empathetic satirists working in popular song is encapsulated by her "tribute" to Heatherton, which gets a lot of comedic mileage out of the garish shallowness of Heatherton's story but with a chorus that finds Sobule singing "All she ever wanted was your love and affection/Isn't that the same thing that we all want?" before ending with the words "You can sleep at my house if you want to, Joey. "
In 2005, Sobule contributed music to Unfabulous, a Nickelodeon TV series about a 13-year-old aspiring songwriter. Unfabulous was an American children's television series on Nickelodeon in TEENick about an "unfabulous" junior high school student Nickelodeon (commonly referred to as Nick) is an American Cable television network owned by Viacom International, founded in 1977 as Pinwheel Two Sobule compositions appear on the series star's debut album, Unfabulous and More: Emma Roberts: a cover of "Mexican Wrestler" and "Punch Rocker", written by Sobule for Roberts' character to "compose" on the program. Unfabulous and More is the Soundtrack for the TV series Unfabulous.
In 2007, Sobule's song San Francisco became the first single released by producer Don Was as part of his Wasmopolitan Cavalcade of Recorded Music, an advertiser-sponsored means for the recording and distribution of new music, part of the multimedia website mydamnchannel.com. Don Was (born Don Fagenson; September 13, 1952) is an American Musician, bassist and Record producer.
Most recently, Sobule has become a frequent guest on National Public Radio's The Bryant Park Project. The Bryant Park Project was a morning multimedia radio Newsmagazine from National Public Radio. Her contributions have largely been comprised of musical essays offering commentary on contemporary issues, including record-financing in the music industry, the 2007 Writers Guild strike, and the popularity of tarty, uncreative Halloween costumes. The 2007&ndash2008 Writers Guild of America strike, or more commonly known as the Writers' Strike was a strike by the Writers Guild of America East
In mid-January of 2008, Sobule launched a website, jillsnextrecord.com, which sought to raise $75,000 through fan donations in order to produce, manufacture, distribute and promote an upcoming studio album. In exchange for their donations, Sobule offered her patrons an assortment of gifts with values commensurate with the amount of the donation. These gifts range from a free download of the album when it's released ($10) to the opportunity to attend a recording session and sing on the record ($10,000). On March 8, 2008, 53 days after the public launch of the site, Sobule reached her target through donations from over 500 people in 44 U. Events 1618 - Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common S. States, the District of Columbia, and eleven foreign countries.
In May 2008 Jill and Elise Thoron went live with a multi-media collaboration Prozak and the Platypus prozakandtheplatypus.comwhich includes a new album release Jill Sobule Sings Prozak and the Platypus - music from the play written by Jill and Elise, with a graphic novellette inked by Kelly Anne Hanrahan koolass.com. Set in Australia, its about a fierce young woman who fears her treatment for depression is taking away her dream life. Shattered by her mother’s suicide, Sara renames herself "Prozak" and rages through her songwriting, much to the bewilderment of her father, Arvin, a research scientist studying REM sleep, who tries to apply rationality to both her pain and his own. Prozak finds an unexpected confidante and inspiration in Arvin’s latest lab subject, a jaunty platypus, who also yearns to dream. Music club and science lab become testing grounds in which angry teen and scientist father pit aboriginal mythology against modern neuroscience research. The dreams of a platypus prove to be the link between the two. With this multi-media collaboration Jill is bridging the worlds of music, art, and theater.
Sobule uses both satire and personal experience to sing about a range of issues, including sexuality, depression, war, abandonment, and greed. According to her website bio, a central preoccupation of her work is the classic one: "Love found, love lost, love wished for and love taken away. " Many of her songs incorporate humor into their narrative. She often creates detailed character sketches, especially of women.
Generally, her songs are unconventionally folk-like, using lounge music percussion flourishes and retro horn charts not usually found in tracks recorded by mainstream artists. See also Americana or Americana (music American folk music, also known as Roots music, is a broad category of music including Music is an Art form in which the medium is Sound organized in Time. Occasionally her arrangements intentionally mimic works by other performers, most noticeably on "Rainy Day Parade" from 2000's Pink Pearl, which quotes TV's The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme to lend ironic triumphalism to a song about a woman going back on anti-depressant medication, and "Cinnamon Park" from the 2004 album Underdog Victorious, which paraphrases portions of the 1972 single "Saturday in the Park" by the band Chicago. Pink Pearl is the fourth Album by American Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, released in 2000 The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American Television sitcom created by James L Underdog Victorious is the fifth studio Album by American Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, released in 2004 " Saturday in the Park " is a song written by Robert Lamm and recorded by the group Chicago for their 1972 album Chicago V Chicago is a Rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago Illinois. The band began as a politically charged sometimes experimental rock band and later moved to a predominately Her rhythmic sensibility at times recalls cocktail music deity Esquivel, and her harmony parts can resemble the Beatles on some of her more elaborate album tracks -- possibly a partial legacy of her early recording efforts with Nazz founder and avowed Beatlemaniac Todd Rundgren. Juan García Esquivel ( January 20 1918 &ndash January 3 2002) often simply known as Esquivel!, was a Mexican The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 Nazz (rhymes with jazz) was an early psychedelic Garage rock band from the 1960s Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States) is an American Musician
In the late 90s, Sobule toured with Richard Barone as "The Richard & Jill Show. Lloyd Cole (born January 31, 1961) is a Singer and Songwriter, known for his role as lead singer of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions Richard Barone is a rock musician born in Tampa, Florida. He also works as a songwriter arranger author director and producer and releases albums as a solo " Together they wrote "Bitter" from Happy Town, "Rock Me To Sleep" from Pink Pearl, "Big Shoes" from I Never Learned To Swim, and "Waiting For The Train" from Barone's Clouds Over Eden album. Richard Barone is a rock musician born in Tampa, Florida. He also works as a songwriter arranger author director and producer and releases albums as a solo They also appeared together in the underground film Next Year In Jerusalem, which features another of their compositions, "Everybody's Queer. " The pair continue to collaborate, including on a new song, "Odd Girl Out" for Barone's forthcoming album. Richard Barone is a rock musician born in Tampa, Florida. He also works as a songwriter arranger author director and producer and releases albums as a solo Their songs have been used on The West Wing. Felicity, Dawson's Creek, South of Nowhere and other television shows. Felicity is a Golden Globe -winning American Primetime television Drama produced by Touchstone Television Dawson's Creek was an American Primetime Television Drama which initially aired from January 20, 1998 South of Nowhere is an American television series created by Thomas W
In 2000, Sobule joined Lloyd Cole's short-lived band The Negatives. Lloyd Cole (born January 31, 1961) is a Singer and Songwriter, known for his role as lead singer of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
In 2004, she played one of the five leads in the film Mind The Gap. Mind The Gap is a multi-story 2004 film written & directed by Eric Schaeffer.
In 2006, Sobule met Julia Sweeney, the actress, writer and comedienne, and started performing the "Jill and Julia Show", a compilation of songs and stories. Julia Sweeney (born October 10, 1959) is an American actress and Comedian who lives in Hollywood California. They performed at the James Randi Educational Foundation meeting in Las Vegas on January 19, 2007. The James Randi Educational Foundation ( JREF) is a Fort Lauderdale Florida Non-profit organization founded in 1996 by magician and Las Vegas ( Spanish: "The Meadows" is the most populous City in the state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally
In 2007, Sobule teamed up with John Doe to produce and record a cover of Neil Young's "Down By The River" for the American Laundromat Records benefit CD Cinnamon Girl - Women Artists Cover Neil Young For Charity. John Doe (born John Nommensen Duchac on February 25, 1954 in Decatur Illinois) is an American singer songwriter actor poet Neil Percival Young OM (born November 12, 1945, Toronto Ontario) is a Canadian Singer-songwriter, Musician American Laundromat Records (ALR was founded in April 2004 in Huntington Village NY (Long Island by Joe Spadaro with a small tax-refund check which was used to produce a 16-song compilation Other contributing artists included Lori McKenna, Tanya Donelly, Josie Cotton, Kristin Hersh, Britta Phillips, and The Watsons Twins.
Sobule toured twice with the late Warren Zevon, whose penchant for sardonic storytelling she shares. Warren William Zevon (January 24 1947 &ndash September 7 2003 was a Grammy Award -winning American rock Singer-songwriter and Musician The two artists frequently accompanied one another during each other's sets, and Zevon was known on multiple occasions to take the lead vocal on Sobule's "I Kissed a Girl". Sobule has said that part of their bond came from the fact that she, like Zevon, was best known for a single fluke hit (Zevon's being "Werewolves of London"). " Werewolves of London " is a Song composed by LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, and Warren Zevon and performed by Zevon
In recent public appearances, Sobule has expressed interest in compiling a live album, in addition to releasing a new studio disc. On a blog from her myspace account, Sobule stated she is recording two new albums, one with underground string quartet Ethel. ETHEL is the name of an American String quartet based in New York City that is dedicated to the performance of new music.
The music video for "I Kissed A Girl" was featured on an episode of Beavis and Butt-Head. Beavis and Butt-head is an American Animated television series created by Mike Judge.