Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong
|Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong|
Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong during the NME Awards Tour
|Genres||Indie rock, post-punk revival|
|Years active||2007– 2009|
|Associated acts||One Night Only
|Members||Joe Lean - Vocals
Tommy D - Guitar
Dom O'Dare - Guitar
Panda - Bass/Vocals
James Craig - Drums
Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong was an English indie rock band based in London. Although the band attracted considerable press attention following the 2007 release of their debut single "Lucio Starts Fires" they failed to capitalise on this, and disbanded in 2009. The band are perhaps best-known for failing to ever release their critically acclaimed debut album.
The original line-up included singer Joe Lean, guitarists Tommy D (Tom Dougall) and Dominic O'Dair, bassist Panda (Maxim Barron) and drummer James Craig. Lead singer Joe Lean also acts under the name Joe Van Moyland, and was drummer with The Pipettes until June 2007. He has played Jamie Chapman in Peep Show and Thomas Tallis in The Tudors.
The band formed in late 2006, initially calling themselves Joe Lean and The Tantrums. Following a name change to Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, they played their first gig in January 2007 and released their debut single "Lucio Starts Fires" on 8 October. In the same year, the band supported Babyshambles, Dizzee Rascal, Cansei de Ser Sexy and Kaiser Chiefs, and completed their first headlining tour across the UK in December. At the end of the year, the band were placed number 7 on the BBC's Sound of 2008 poll.
In 2008, Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong supported The Cribs on the 2008 NME Awards Tour, and showcased their sound at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The band announced their biggest UK headlining tour to date, playing 25 gigs throughout April and May. Their second single, "Lonely Buoy", was released on 10 March 2008. They played at the Glastonbury Festival  in June 2008, despite their name erroneously appearing as "Joe Ling and the Jing Jang Jong" on the line-up, and in August at Pukkelpop in Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium.
Their debut, self-titled album was originally due to be released on 4 August 2008, however this release was scrapped as the album "didn't represent their current sound". Bizarrely, copies had already been sent to critics, with the NME giving it 8/10. However, the album was never released.
Guitarist Tommy D (Thomas Dougall), the brother of Rose Dougall, formerly of The Pipettes, left in late 2008 to take part in his sister's new project. Following this, new guitarist Randy Michael was enlisted. The band supported a reformed Blur at the O2 academy in Newcastle upon Tyne, on 25 June 2009. In October 2009, they parted company with their record label. The band split up soon after.
Maxim Barron, Dominic O'Dair and Tom Dougall formed a new band, a psychedelic/post-punk act called Toy. Joe Lean & James Craig now play in Boyband, of which George Craig, James's brother, is also a member.
|2009||Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong||unreleased|
|2007||"Lucio Starts Fires" (Limited Vinyl Only)||-||-|
|2008||"Where Do You Go"||-||93|
Notes and references
- "Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong". BBC London. 6 May 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- Two-timing my scrapbook: The Pipettes
- Myspace.com: Joe Lean and The Tantrums
- "Sound of 2008: The Top 10". BBC News. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "Glastonbury Line-up". Glastonbury Festivals. 6 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
-  NME