James Briggs (musician)
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Briggs performing with The Aquabats in December 2012.
|Birth name||James Randall Briggs, Jr.|
|Also known as||Jimmy the Robot|
|Born||February 27, 1978|
|Genres||Rock, New Wave, ska, synthpop|
|Instruments||Keyboards, synthesizer, tenor saxophone, woodwinds|
|Years active||1997 - present|
|Associated acts||The Aquabats, Bikeride|
James Randall Briggs, Jr. (born February 27, 1978) is an American musician, best known as the keyboardist for the Orange County rock band The Aquabats, in which he has served as a member since 1997 under the stage name and persona of Jimmy the Robot. As of 2012, Briggs also portrays this role on The Aquabats' television series The Aquabats! Super Show!, where he also contributes occasional composing.
In 1997, at the age of 19, Briggs joined The Aquabats following the departure of former keyboardist Chad Parkin (Nacho). In addition to keyboards, Briggs also contributed tenor saxophone to much of the band's music, up until the departure of trumpeters Catboy and Prince Adam in the early 2000s led to the band's decision to continue without a horn section, transitioning Briggs' role in the band entirely to keyboards and synthesizers, performing solo saxophone parts only on select songs for The Aquabats' live shows.
Briggs' original stage name, as also credited in the liner notes for The Fury of The Aquabats!, was "Jaime the Robot", "Jaime" being a Spanish-language twist on the name Jimmy, given to him by fellow Aquabat Catboy. In 1998, while The Aquabats were developing a television pilot with Buena Vista Television, Briggs' name was changed to simply "The Robot" to avoid copyright issues with the Get Smart character Hymie the Robot. Briggs kept this title until 2004, when it was changed to his current stage name.
Outside of his work with The Aquabats, Briggs has contributed saxophone to several albums by the indie pop band Bikeride featuring former Aquabats members Adam Deibert and Charles Gray, as well as having contributed saxophone to the Rx Bandits' 1997 debut Those Damn Bandits. Up until the network acquisition of The Aquabats! Super Show! enabled him to work on the series full-time, Briggs worked for his family's rare coin store in Redlands, California.
- The Fury of the Aquabats! (1997) - alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinet, piano, vocals, Clavinova, Mellotron, flute
- The Aquabats vs. the Floating Eye of Death! (1999) - woodwinds, keyboards, vocals
- Myths, Legends and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2 (2000) - keyboards, woodwinds
- Yo! Check Out This Ride! EP (2004) - keyboards, backing vocals
- Charge!! (2005) - keyboards, vocals
- Radio Down! (2010) - keyboards, backing vocals
- Hi-Five Soup! (2011) - keyboards, backing vocals
- Thirty-Seven Secrets I Only Told America (1999) - tenor sax (as Randall J. Briggs)
- Summer Winners, Summer Losers (2000) - saxophone (as Randall J. Briggs)
- Morning Macumba (2002) - clarinet, saxophone, backing vocals (as Randall J. Briggs)