I was floored. “If I’d known back then about therapy and the option of people getting counselling, I’d have suggested that Andy and I enrol in it.”. Jellyfish broke up in 1994 due to poor record sales, Sturmer's discomfort with his role as frontman, and artistic conflicts between the two songwriters. They dutifully toured it with another line-up of backing musicians, but their own relationship had started to unravel.  The band were sometimes dismissed as a revivalist nostalgia group, exacerbated by the flamboyant 1970s-era outfits they wore on stage and on promotional materials. The last thread holding them together snapped when they began work on a proposed third Jellyfish record at the beginning of 1994.  Music journalists generally praised Jellyfish at the time, albeit a recurring criticism was that the band's music appeared too derivative. Its poor sales were attributed to being released during the height of the popularity of grunge.  According to journalist Paul Rees, the name was chosen to evoke the feeling of something graceful, yet amorphous and ephemeral. Manning enthused to McDonald that the album was meant to sound “somewhere between Queen and the Patridge Family”. Roger and he didn’t really have an easier relationship. , Another reason the band broke up, in Manning's words, was Sturmer's discomfort with being "in the spotlight". Falkner, increasingly frustrated at having his own songs ignored by Sturmer and Manning, was next to jump ship.  As a side gig, the two also briefly wrote commercial jingles for companies such as Montana Hawk Shooting Range and Shutterbug Camera Store. ", In 2017, Manning, Smith, and Dover reunited for a new band called the Lickerish Quartet. I’m proud of the fact we were able to make a very personal and unique statement at a time that was very conforming.”. Offline: Greenhorn: Joined: Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:14 pm Posts: 356 Quote: Wearing outfits that looked like they were stolen from the set of a Sid & Marty Krofft psychedelic kids show, Jellyfish didn’t stand a chance of breaking through to the mainstream success it deserved. In January 2010, they performed a few shows as the opening act for Cheap Trick, playing solo and Jellyfish songs, and as members of Cheap Trick's supporting band.  Its fans included Queen's Brian May, who praised the album in a contemporary interview. Six weeks later he passed away. Sharing bass playing with Falkner on Bellybutton was Steve McDonald from Redd Kross. Sturmer worked with the Japanese pop duo Puffy AmiYumi and has kept a low public profile.  Like Bellybutton, critics generally received the album favorably, but focused on its resemblance to artists of the 1970s, particularly the Raspberries. For all the glories of Jellyfish, it was a band riven by frustration and pain. He originally put a newspaper advertisement looking for "like-minded musicians" influenced by XTC, David Bowie, and the Blue Nile. He didn’t talk much about it afterwards. Anybody who's just well-rounded and studied has had a jazz background, just as they've studied the great classical composers" However, he noted, "Andy was a mad [Bob] Dylan and Van Morrison fan, and while I have respect for those artists, the songwriting didn’t speak to me. http://www.jambands.com/features/2016/0 ... anning-jr/. The final song Sturmer and Manning put down together that day in 1994 was fitting, since it was a cover of Nilsson’s surreal ode to psychic trauma, Think About Your Troubles. Sturmer and Manning met in high school and shared an admiration for jazz, post-punk, and British pop music.  They played the biggest show of their career in front of 72,000 people at Wembley Stadium, as the first of five bands opening for INXS. The peak of this intoxicating period arrived with The King Is Half-Undressed, a euphoric mini-symphony that ranged across the vivid musical landscape first painted by Lennon, McCartney and Brian Wilson. That was it.  Manning commented: "Andy was perfectly capable of writing completed, finished great songs on his own. Following a stint as members of Beatnik Beatch, they quit the group to continue songwriting with one another and formed Jellyfish.
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