The Tiger Lillies

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The Tiger Lillies
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The Tiger Lillies at TFF Rudolstadt 2013
Background information
Origin London
Genres Dark cabaret
Years active 1989–present
Labels Misery Guts Music
Website tigerlillies.com
Members Martyn Jacques, Adrian Stout, Adrian Huge
Past members Phil Butcher
The band after a concert

The Tiger Lillies are a cult British musical trio formed in 1989 by singer-songwriter Martyn Jacques. Often[citation needed] described as the forefathers of Brechtian Punk Cabaret[1] the Tiger Lillies are well known for their unique sound and style which merges the macabre magic of pre-war Berlin with the savage edge of punk.[2]

Career[edit]

Band formation and members[edit]

The Tiger Lillies current members are:

The band formed in 1989 when Martyn Jacques placed an ad on Loot looking for a drummer and a bass player for a new band. Adrian Huge and Phil Butcher (the band's first bassist who was succeeded by Adrian Stout in 1995)[3] were the only musicians that got in touch with him and therefore became the original Tiger Lillies' drummer and bassist respectively.

In Spring 2012 Adrian Huge decided to take a leave of absence and was replaced by drummer Mike Pickering who has been touring with the Tiger Lillies for the rest of 2012.[4]

Band name[edit]

The band's name is rumoured to have been inspired by a murdered Soho prostitute called Lillie who used to dress up in animal print.[5][6] Jacques however has stated that he named the band after a painting he had on his wall.[7]

Musical style[edit]

The Independent has described The Tiger Lillies as "a provocative and avant- garde three-piece band that combines cabaret, vaudeville, music-hall and street theatre",[8] while Tim Arthur of Time Out has given a more imaginative description: "Imagine Kurt Weill conjuring up images of prewar Berlin while a falsetto vocalist screams, squeaks and squawks his way through every number like some rambling madman, and you've got the picture".[9] Notorious for singing controversial songs involving bestiality, prostitution, blasphemy and all other vice imaginable, The Tiger Lillies are undoubtedly not for the easily offended,.[10][11][12] Their musical style is mainly influenced by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's masterpiece The Threepenny Opera and pre-war Berlin cabaret but other influences such as gypsy and circus music, French chanson and British music hall tunes are also evident,.[13][14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Shows[edit]

The Tiger Lillies have appeared in numerous shows all over the world. Below is a list in descending premiere date order:

  • 2013: Lulu – A Murder Ballad – With Opera North
  • 2013: Either/Or Cabaret
  • 2012: The Tiger Lillies Perform Hamlet – nominated for a Reumert Performing Arts Award
  • 2012: Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • 2011: Woyzeck & The Tiger Lillies
  • 2011: Tom Waits' Rain Dogs Revisited
  • 2010: Here I Am Human
  • 2010: Cockatoo Prison
  • 2010: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
  • 2009: The Tiger Lillies' Freakshow
  • 2008: Sinderella with Justin Bond
  • 2008: 7 Deadly Sins
  • 2006: The Mountains of Madness with Alexander Hacke
  • 2006: Die Weberischen
  • 2005: The Little MatchGirl
  • 2004: Punch & Judy
  • 1998: The Tiger Lillies Circus
  • 1998: Shockheaded Peter

Films[edit]

  • Jake Scott's Plunkett & Macleane (1999)
  • Sergey Bodrov's The Quickie (2001) – a music band in celebrations.
  • Sergei Bodrov's Drunken Sailor (2007) – a documentary on The Tiger Lillies by the director of Oscar-nominated epic Mongol
  • Penny Woolcock's The Margate Exodus (2007) – a contemporary re-telling of the Book of Exodus. Martyn Jacques appears in the film as Shebeen Singer performing "Hailstones".
  • Dominique de Rivaz's Luftbusiness (2008)
  • Valdís Óskarsdóttir's Country Wedding (2008)
  • Troma's Return To Nuke 'Em High (2013)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1994 – Births, Marriages and Deaths
  • 1995 – Spit Bucket
  • 1995 – Ad Nauseam
  • 1996 – The Brothel to the Cemetery
  • 1997 – Farmyard Filth
  • 1998 – Low Life Lullabies
  • 1998 – Shockheaded Peter
  • 1999 – Bad Blood and Blasphemy
  • 2000 – Circus Songs
  • 2000 – Bouquet of Vegetables – The Early Years
  • 2001 – 2 Penny Opera
  • 2003 – The Sea
  • 2003 – The Gorey End (with Kronos Quartet)
  • 2003 – Live in Russia 2000–2001
  • 2004 – Punch and Judy
  • 2004 – Death and the Bible
  • 2005 – Huinya (with Leningrad)
  • 2006 – Die Weberischen
  • 2006 – The Little Match Girl
  • 2007 – Urine Palace
  • 2007 – Live in Soho
  • 2007 – Love and War
  • 2008 – Seven Deadly Sins
  • 2009 – Sinderella (with Justin Vivian Bond)
  • 2009 – Freakshow
  • 2009 – Live at the New Players Theatre – London 2009
  • 2010 – Cockatoo Prison
  • 2010 – Here I Am Human!
  • 2011 – The Ballad of Sexual Dependency(with Nan Goldin)
  • 2011 – Woyzeck
  • 2012 – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • 2012 – Hamlet
  • 2013 – Either Or
  • 2014 – Lulu – A Murder Ballad
  • 2014 – A Dream Turns Sour

DVDs[edit]

Books[edit]

  • 1998 – The Ultimate Shockheaded Peter BookISBN 3-932909-99-2
  • 2003 – Farmyard Fantasy Book – made by b7UE
  • 2007 – "The Tiger Lillies Book" – b7UE 02 – www.b7UE.com/tigerlilliesbook
  • 2007 – "The Tiger Lillies – Selected illustrations of songs" – by Anne Sophie Malmberg – [1]
  • 2008 – "The inquisitorial skeleton shooting" – limited edition shot by b7UE

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meads, Glenn. "Tiger Lillies play Queer Contact Date: 21 December 2011". What's on Stage. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Mann, Tom. "The Tiger Lillies – 20 years of deviant theatrics". Faster Louder. Retrieved 11/03/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ http://tigerlillies.com/655884/band/bios
  4. ^ http://tigerlillies.com/450596/news/mister-huge.
  5. ^ McCall, Chris (15 July 2010). "Music Beyond The Edge: The Tiger Lillies". Fest. Retrieved 11/03/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ Goldsmith, Kenneth (13 May 1998). "Criminal Castrati: The Tiger Lillies". New York Press. Retrieved 11/03/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "Interview: The Tiger Lillies". Deviant Nation. Retrieved 11/3/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ Cripps, Charlotte (11 November 2003). "Dark Tales of the Unexpected". The Independent. Retrieved 11/3/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ Arthur, Tim (9 November 1996). Time Out London http://www.anythingmatters.com/quotes-concerts/quotestigerlil.html |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 11/3/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ D., Keith. "FRINGE REVIEW – The Tiger Lillies Live in Concert (Pleasance)". Edinburgh Spotlight. Retrieved 11/3/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ Cobley, Mike (4/10/07). "The Tiger Lillies: Stories Full Of Eccentricity, Blasphemy & Weirdness!". Brighton Magazine. Retrieved 11/3/13.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  12. ^ "Music review: The Tiger Lillies". The Scotsman. 23 August 2009. Retrieved 11/3/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ Fractal, Suicide. "Interviews: Martyn Jacques of The Tiger Lillies". Suicide Girls. Retrieved 11/3/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ Goldsmith, Kenneth (13 May 1998). "Criminal Castrati: The Tiger Lillies". New York Press. Retrieved 11/03/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. ^ http://www.olivierawards.com/about/previous-winners/view/item98540/olivier-winners-2002/
  16. ^ http://www.tigerlillies.com/471401/news/the-gorey-end-has-been-nominated-for-a-grammy
  17. ^ http://www.seeatre.com/en/shows/4611-the-tiger-lillies-perform-hamlet
  18. ^ http://tigerlillies.com/230312/video/dvd_releases

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