Gary Jules

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Gary Jules
Gary Jules performing live at the Hotel Café on December 9, 2008
Gary Jules performing live at the Hotel Café on December 9, 2008
Background information
Birth name Gary Jules Aguirre, Jr.
Born (1969-03-19) March 19, 1969 (age 45)
Fresno, California, United States
Genres Rock, pop, folk, soft rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin, harmonica, ukulele
Website www.garyjules.com

Gary Jules (born March 19, 1969 as Gary Jules Aguirre, Jr.) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his cover version of the Tears For Fears song "Mad World", which Gary recorded with friend Michael Andrews for the film Donnie Darko. It became the UK Christmas Number One single of 2003. Since then, Jules' version has been used on many American TV shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and House, as well as in a popular commercial for the critically acclaimed video game Gears of War.

Jules was involved with a wide variety of bands and other projects in the early days of his career including The Ivory Knights, Our Town Pansies, Woodenfish, Kofi, The Origin, Invisible, No Poetry, and Heroes and Heroin.[citation needed] His 2003 residency at the Los Angeles Hotel Café helped develop the location as a successful singer/songwriter venue.

Songs[edit]

Jules recorded the song "Mad World" for the 2001 film Donnie Darko and released it as a single in December 2003. This timing allowed it to become the Christmas Number One single in the UK for that year. The cover also became a popular choice for background music in television dramas, showing up in several episodes of the daytime drama General Hospital, as well as individual episodes of Without a Trace, Smallville, Jericho, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. It was used in the trailer for the 2010 film The Crazies and the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps' 2010 Production "Mad World". More recently, Jules' cover of Mad World was used on Stolen voices, Buried secrets from Investigation Discovery, in Silent Witness, part one of Terminus, and to accompany images of the Nautilus in episode 3 of the documentary "The Great Barrier Reef".

Adam Lambert sang a cover of "Mad World" that was heavily influenced by Jules' version at two different points in his American Idol competition, as well as during the American Idols Live! 2009 tour. Following its appearance on the popular television show, Jules' cover of the song rose to #11 on the iTunes Store.

The song "Something Else" was featured on the Season 5 episode "My Fallen Idol" of the NBC show Scrubs.

The song "Gone Daddy" is based upon an experience that led to Jules relocating his family from Southern California to North Carolina. A neighbor was gunned down one night in Los Angeles and while the police were investigating the shooting, Jules approached one of the officers, explained that his child was napping, and asked if the officer knew when they would be finished. The officer said he did not know, but that the family could leave Los Angeles if they didn't like it. Jules took the advice to heart and relocated shortly thereafter.

Jules' song "Wichita" was inspired by a class he took at UCLA regarding Native American history. During the class he read a story about Native Americans following herds of buffalo around the nation to survive. The construction of the transcontinental railroad disrupted this migratory pattern because the buffalo would not cross it, and millions died as a result. Jules himself has spent only one night in Wichita, Kansas.

Jules has stated that "No Poetry" is his personal favorite of the songs he has written.[citation needed]

He also sang on the Esquimaux song "Honey & Dear" from their album Perfecto!.

Gary Jules is a surprise guest on the current series of Parisian concerts from French singer Mylène Farmer, called Timeless 2013 (September 2013). In all the performances that take place in the Palais omnisport de Bercy, Gary Jules sings his cover of Mad World joined by Mylène Farmer. They follow by the duet song "Les mots" that Mylene Farmer originally released in 2001 with Seal. So far Gary Jules is also part of the tour, as he was also performing during the concerts in Lyon.

Career[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Television appearances[edit]

Appearances on television as himself

Television placements[edit]

  • CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
    • Mad World” (Season 1, episode 1-Pilot. Aired October 6, 2000.)
  • The WB Smallville
    • Mad World” (Season 2, episode 11-Visage. Aired January 14, 2003.)
  • NBC Third Watch
    • Mad World” (Season 4, episode 15-Collateral Damage: Part 2. Aired February 10, 2003.)
  • CBS Without A Trace
    • "Mad World" (Season 2, episode 1-The Bus. Aired September 25, 2003.)
  • ABC Alias
    • ”Something Else” (Season 3, episode 3-Reunion. Aired October 12, 2003.)
  • CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
    • Mad World” (Season 6, episode 2-Room Service. Aired September 29, 2005.)
  • CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
    • Mad World” (Season 6, episode 14-Killer. Aired February 2, 2006.)
  • NBC Scrubs
    • ”Something Else” (Season 5, episode 21-My Fallen Idol. Aired May 2, 2006.)
  • CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
    • Mad World” (Season 6, episode 24-Way To Go. Aired May 18, 2006.)
  • ABC Grey’s Anatomy
    • ”Falling Awake” (Season 3, episode 12-Six Days: Part 2. Aired January 4, 2007.)
  • CBS Jericho
    • Mad World” (Season 1, episode 17-One Man’s Terrorist. Aired April 4, 2007.)
  • ABC Brothers & Sisters
    • “Falling Awake” (Season 1, episode 21-Grapes of Wrath. Aired May 6, 2007.)
  • TV3 Colors en sèrie (Spain)
    • Mad World” (Negre: El túnel al final de la llum.2007)
  • A&E The Cleaner
    • Mad World” (Season 1, episode 6-To Catch a Fed. Aired August 26, 2008.)
  • CW 90210
    • ”Greetings from the Side” (Season 1, episode 9-Secrets and Lies. Aired November 4, 2008.)
  • NBC Friday Night Lights
    • ”Beautiful” (Season 3, episode 13-Tomorrow Blues. Aired January 14, 2009.)
  • NBC-Life
    • "Been A Long Time" (Episode 215-I Heart Mom. Aired February 18, 2009)
  • FX-Nip/Tuck
    • "Mad World" (Season 6, episode 2 Enigma Aired October 21, 2009.)
  • CW Life Unexpected
    • ”Falling Awake” (Season 1, episode 1-Pilot. Aired January 18, 2010.)
  • ABC Private Practice
    • ”The Old Days Are Gone” (Season 3, episode 12-Best Laid Plans. Aired January 21, 2010.)
  • ABC General Hospital
    • Mad World
      • Episode #1.11938 (19 November 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11939 (20 November 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11940 (23 November 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11941 (24 November 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11943 (30 November 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11945 (2 December 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11951 (10 December 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11952 (11 December 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11953 (14 December 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11956 (17 December 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11957 (18 December 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11958 (21 December 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11961 (28 December 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11962 (29 December 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11963 (30 December 2009) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11964 (4 January 2010) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11965 (5 January 2010) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11966 (6 January 2010) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11967 (7 January 2010) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11968 (8 January 2010) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11969 (11 January 2010) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11984 (1 February 2010) – Franco
      • Episode #1.11985 (2 February 2010) – Franco
  • FOX So You Think You Can Dance?
    • Mad World" (alternate version) (Season 7, week 7. Aired July 28, 2010.)
  • ID Investigation Discovery Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets
  • SYFY Being Human
    • "Mad World" (Season 1, Episode 9 Aired March 2011.)
  • SYFY Helix
    • "Mad World" (Season 1, Episode 9 "Level X" Aired February 28, 2014.)

Movie placements[edit]

Trailers[edit]

Documentaries[edit]

Theater[edit]

The playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis refers to Gary Jules in his play The Little Flower of East Orange. This show, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and starring Ellen Burstyn, premiered at the Public Theater in New York on April 6, 2008. The songs "Goodnight Billie" and "Little Greenie" were featured in the production. Specifically, in Act 1, Scene 3, the character Nadine plays "Little Greenie" and says "Okay...One time, I was gonna kill myself, but then I played this Gary Jules song like twenty-seven times."[1] In the acknowledgments section of the Faber & Faber, Inc. published version of the play, Guirgis writes, "SPECIAL THANKS TO GARY JULES FOR THE MUSIC."[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • Ministry of Sound:Chillout Sessions: Summer Collection 2003 (2003)
  • Echo: Acoustic 3 (2003)
  • Now That’s What I Call Music! 56 (2003)
  • KSGR 107.1: Broadcasts Volume 12 (2004)
  • Sanctuary TV: The Essential Acoustic Album (2004)
  • Rolling Stone Deutschland: New Noises, Volume 64 (2004)
    • Track 7 “Pills”
  • Sony Music TV: The All Time Greatest Love Songs (2004)
  • Virgin Records-UK: Now That’s What I Call Music!: Years (2004)
  • BMG TV: The Ultimate Smooth Album (2004)
  • Sony Music TV: Natural Woman: The Autumn Collection (2004)
  • BMG TV: Beautiful: the New Collections Autumn (2004)
  • Warner UK: The Ultimate All Time Classic Tearjerkers (2004)
  • Alice 97.3: This is Alice Music, Volume 8 (2004)
  • MSI Music Distribution: Hits 60 (2004)
  • RCA Records (USA): Nightfly, Volume One (2004)
    • Track 32 “Mad World (Remix)”
  • Messenger Records: Wouldn’t It Be Beautiful? (2005)
    • Track 6 “Patchwork G”
    • Track 8 “Broke Window”
  • Rounder Select: Trampoline Records Greatest Hits, Volume One (2005)
    • Track 4 “DTLA”
  • Starbucks’: Sweetheart: Love Songs (2005)
  • KCRW: Sounds Eclectic: The Covers Project (2007)
  • Circle Back Music: Songs for a Broken Heart (2008)
    • Track 12 "No Poetry"
  • Robin Danar: Altered States (2008)
    • Track 12 “Weirdo” (The Charlatans cover)

Collaborations[edit]

  • Michael AndrewsDonnie Darko (2001)
    • Track 17 "Mad World" and Track 18 "Mad World (Alternate Mix)" (featured)
  • Jim BiancoHandsome Devil (2004)
    • Track 6 "Tennessee Wedding" (background vocals)
  • Esquimaux – perfecto! (2005)
    • Track 12 "Honey & Dear" (featured)
  • Jim BiancoSing (2008)
    • Track 2 "Sing" and Track 6 "If Your Mama Knew" (background vocals)
  • Angel TaylorLove Travels (2009)
    • guitar, mandolin, background vocals

Quotations[edit]

  • "Ideally, I would love to sing for an audience of 3,000 (or 30,000) people who are so cool that it feels like 3 people. I like to try and connect on a very personal level, and I'd like nothing more than for 3,000 people to come together and have an extremely intimate experience all together at my shows."[4]
  • "I think one could make a very good argument that a lot of art, particularly music, is born of suffering. I think the person who writes songs with a deeper resonance makes it their business to think about things like that."[5]
  • "As far as advice for struggling artists, I'd say separating your art from struggle is the worst mistake you can make. If you really want to be an artist, expect to be struggling forever. You'll struggle to get recognition and once you get recognition you'll have to struggle to change people's opinion when you want to do something slightly different. You have to love exactly what it is you're doing. You have to love the work in order to get by. If you do love it, it doesn't matter what the rest of the world thinks, which is the greatest part."[6]
  • "I found out that people through the ages are exactly the same as now, they had the same issues, the same desires. One thing that's clear when you read old literature is that there are some great universal truths – things like fart jokes, guys screwing other people's wives, and the hunger for power."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guirgis, Stephen Adly (2009). The Little Flower of East Orange p.36
  2. ^ Guirgis, Stephen Adly (2009). The Little Flower of East Orange p.106
  3. ^ Billboard, Allmusic
  4. ^ Thorn, Simon: "Interview with Gary Jules", Wicked Info. Retrieved on 04-22-2010.
  5. ^ Glide Staff: "Glide Anniversary Quotes", Glide Magazine. Retrieved on 04-22-2010.
  6. ^ Thorn, Simon: "Interview with Gary Jules", Wicked Info. Retrieved on 04-22-2010.
  7. ^ Day, Tom: "Interview: Gary Jules", musicOMH. Retrieved on 04-22-2010.

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