JGeek and the Geeks

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JGeeks
JGeek and The Geeks Maori Boy.jpg
Background information
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Electro pop, Pop, Te Reo
Years active 2010 – present
Labels kog.co.nz
Members Jermaine Leef
Marino Taiatini
Eru Bennett-Paul
Past members Christian Fautret
Ricky Flavell
Parai Parai

JGeeks are a New Zealand performance Maori comedy music group best known for their songs "Maori Boy" and "The Best Day I Ever Had", as well as their 2012 appearance as finalists in New Zealand's Got Talent. The group is led by former Disney Channel and C4 television presenter and Cleo Bachelor of the Year finalist, Jermaine Leef.[1]

History[edit]

In 2011, TV3 received NZ On Air funding to develop a comedy series titled J Geek vs the World, however this series was not produced.[2]

In 2012, the group entered New Zealand's Got Talent using the shortened name Jgeeks.[3] They won the public vote in their semi-final, and eventually finished in fourth place in the grand final.[4]

In September 2013, the group embarked on a 22-venue tour of New Zealand called the Eggs Factor tour. After playing their first eight shows, the tour was cancelled due to "circumstances outside of our control".[5]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NZ[6] NZ Singles[7]
2010 "Maori Boy" 33 N/A Non-album single
2011 "Icky Sticky" 'Where you from #NewZealand' N/A Non-album single
"I'm a Taniwha" 7 Non-album single
2012 "Coz I Luv Ya" Non-album single
2013 "The Best Day I Ever Had" 13 2 Non-album single
"down DOWN" Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

The Cuzzies[edit]

The Cuzzies is a Metro-Maori electro craze group formed in 2011 and consists of the current members of JGeeks. They are best known for their 2011 single, "Ghost Chips".

Ghost Chips is a music video that parodies the anti-drink driving ad "Legend" that played on New Zealand television. Ghost Chips entered the NZ singles charts at number 11 in November. It received over 100,000 views in 4 days on YouTube. Former What Now presenter Tumehe Rongonui makes an appearance in it.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NZ NZ Singles[8]
2011 "Ghost Chips" 11 Non-album single
2011 "I Love Hangi" Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JGeeks". New Zealand's Got Talent. TVNZ. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Te Rautaki Māori: 2012 Review" (PDF). NZ On Air. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "JGeeks". New Zealand's Got Talent. TVNZ. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "JGeeks 'on a new kind of buzz'". Nelson Mail. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "'Talent' finalists cancel national tour". Rotorua Daily Post. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "JGEEK AND THE GEEKS IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Official NZ Music Charts". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Official NZ Music Charts". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 24 September 2013.