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Jamiroquai performing in Chicago, October 2005.</td></tr>
| Background information
<tr><td>Origin</td><td colspan="2">England</td></tr><tr><td>Genre(s)</td><td colspan="2">Funk
Jamiroquai is an English band led by singer Jay Kay. The band enjoys worldwide popularity and is the best-known member of the early-1990s London-based acid jazz movement, alongside groups such as Incognito, the Brand New Heavies, Galliano, and Corduroy. Jamiroquai have since, however, moved in other musical directions. Since formation the band has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
After Jay Kay auditioned unsuccessfully to be the singer of the Brand New Heavies, he decided to put together his own band. Jamiroquai's first single, "When You Gonna Learn?", was released in 1992 on the Acid Jazz label. Following its success, Kay signed an eight-album record deal with Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the first of which was the mercurial Emergency on Planet Earth in 1993 which was laden with soulful grooves, themes of social consciousness and flowing jazz instrumentations. The 1994 follow-up, The Return of the Space Cowboy, became a more definitive album of testimonial funk and psychedelic power.
The band's international breakthrough came with the third album, Travelling Without Moving in 1996, which yielded two big hits, "Virtual Insanity" and "Cosmic Girl," establishing a strong hold in the difficult American market. At the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, the creative videoclip for "Virtual Insanity" won four awards, including Best Video, Best Special Effects, Best Cinematography, and Breakthrough Video.
Their hit single "Deeper Underground" - the band's only UK #1 single to date - appeared on the soundtrack of the 1998 movie Godzilla. Another single, "Canned Heat" was featured in the films Center Stage (2000) and Napoleon Dynamite (2004), the latter for its famous dance scene. Also, "Feels Just Like It Should" features on the soundtrack for the game "FIFA 06".
The acid jazz flavours of the first three albums were less evident in 1999's Synkronized. Jay Kay's interest in funk and disco music were gradually shifting the band in other directions, and with this came further commercial success. By their fifth album, A Funk Odyssey (2001), the disco influence was especially evident. The fifth album's first single, "Little L", reached #1 in many charts worldwide.
In 2003 Jamiroquai compiled and mixed a DJ mix album for the Late Night Tales series for Azuli Records. The track selection shows some of the band's funk, soul and disco influences, including tracks from The Pointer Sisters, The Commodores, Johnny Hammond and Marvin Gaye.
Their latest album is titled Dynamite and was released on June 20, 2005. It reached #3 on the UK charts, with similar successes repeated around the world. It has been regarded as Jamiroquai's most diverse work to date, with danceable disco tracks such as "(Don't) Give Hate A Chance" mixed with the more laid-back jazzy sounds of "Talullah", which harks back to the much earlier Jamiroquai sound. The first single, "Feels Just Like It Should" was released early in June, the second, "Seven Days In Sunny June" released on August 15th, followed by the third, "(Don't) Give Hate A Chance" on November 7th.
Recently Jay Kay has expressed bitter resentment with his longtime record label Sony Music. In a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, he commented that "These days it's 18% music and it's bloody 82% marketing bullshit ... Next time I do an album, I'm gonna put it up on the internet for five fucking dollars." He also remarked that a Jamiroquai "greatest hits" album will be released in 2006, purely out of contractual obligation: "2006, they're out of the fucking picture. Take your greatest hits and stick it up your fucking arse."  This combined with recent comments in an interview with The Sun ("There are other things I want to do with my life ... I want peace and quiet and to meet a nice girl and have some little pitter-patterers [children] and chill out.") had fueled rumours that he would retire following the Dynamite tour.
In March 2006, Jamiroquai announced their switch to Columbia Records (although Columbia Records is a subsidiary of Sony BMG).<ref>http://www.jamiroquai.com/default.aspx?url=%2fnews%2fdetail.aspx%3fParent%3dNews%26id%3d106</ref> In May Jamiroquai performed during the Laureus Sports Awards in Barcelona; the event was later televised by NBC in June.
On September 18, 2006, "Runaway" was given its first play by UK radio stations. It was released as a single on October 30.
Jamiroquai released their Greatest Hits Album in November 2006. This album contained two new tracks, "Runaway" and "Radio". The release of this album marked the end of Kay’s eight-album contract with Sony. The album reached the number 1 spot in the UK album chart after its first week of release.
Note: All dates indicate their original UK releases.
 Studio albums
 Compilation albums
|Year||Song||UK singles||U.S. Dance||Album|
|1992||"When You Gonna Learn"||52||-||Emergency on Planet Earth|
|1993||"Too Young to Die"||10||-||Emergency on Planet Earth|
|1993||"Blow Your Mind"||12||-||Emergency on Planet Earth|
|1993||"Emergency on Planet Earth"||32||4||Emergency on Planet Earth|
|1993||"When You Gonna Learn" (re-release)||28||-||Emergency on Planet Earth|
|1994||"Space Cowboy"||17||1||The Return of the Space Cowboy|
|1994||"Half the Man"||15||-||The Return of the Space Cowboy|
|1995||"Stillness in Time"||9||-||The Return of the Space Cowboy|
|1995||"Light Years"||-||6||The Return of the Space Cowboy|
|1995||"The Kids"||-||-||The Return of the Space Cowboy|
|1995||"Morning Glory"||-||-||The Return of the Space Cowboy|
|1996||"Do You Know Where You're Coming From" (M-Beat featuring Jamiroquai)||12||-||-|
|1996||"Virtual Insanity"||3||34||Travelling Without Moving|
|1996||"Cosmic Girl"||6||7||Travelling Without Moving|
|1996||"Alright"||6||7||Travelling Without Moving|
|1996||"High Times"||20||9||Travelling Without Moving|
|1998||"Deeper Underground"||1||22||Godzilla Soundtrack|
|1999||"King for a Day"||20||-||Synkronized|
|2001||"I'm in the Mood for Love" (with Jools Holland)||29||-||-|
|2001||"An Online Odyssey" (10,000 copy non-album promo)||-||-||-|
|2001||"Little L"||5||2||A Funk Odyssey|
|2001||"You Give Me Something"||16||2||A Funk Odyssey|
|2001||"Love Foolosophy"||14||-||A Funk Odyssey|
|2002||"Corner of the Earth"||31||-||A Funk Odyssey|
|2002||"Main Vein"||-||-||A Funk Odyssey|
|2005||"Feels Just Like It Should"||8||1||Dynamite|
|2005||"Seven Days in Sunny June"||14||-||Dynamite|
|2005||"(Don't) Give Hate a Chance"||27||-||Dynamite|
|2005||"Hollywood Swingin'" (Kool & the Gang featuring Jamiroquai)||-||5||-|
|2006||"Runaway"||18||-||High Times: Singles 1992-2006|
|2006||"Radio" 1||-||-||High Times: Singles 1992-2006|
- 1 Release date pending
 Remix singles
- "Space Cowboy" (2006) vinyl and download-only remix single, #71 UK
- "Deeper Underground" (2006) vinyl and download-only remix single
- "Cosmic Girl" (2006) vinyl and download-only remix single
- "Love Foolosophy" (2006) vinyl and download-only remix single, #166 UK
 Band members
- Jason Kay - Vocals
- Rob Harris - Guitar
- Derrick McKenzie - Drums
- Paul Turner - Bass
- Sola Akingbola - Percussion
- Matt Johnson - Keyboards
- Lorraine McIntosh - Backing Vocals
- Hazel Fernandez - Backing Vocals
- Sam Smith - Backing Vocals
 Former members
- Toby Smith - Keyboards (1992-2002)
- Wallis Buchanan - Didgeridoo (1992-2001)
- Gavin Dodds - Guitar (1993-1994)
- Simon Katz - Guitar (1995-2000)
- Stuart Zender - Bass (1993-1998)
- Nick Fyffe - Bass (1998-2003)
- Nick Van Gelder - Drums (1993)
- Darren Galea aka DJ D-Zire - Turntables (1993-2001)
- Adrian Revell - Flute, Saxophone
- Winston Rollins - Trombone
- Simon Carter - Keyboards (1999-2001)
- Andrew Levy - Bass (1992)
- Simon Bartholomew - Guitar (1992)
- Martin Shaw - Trumpet
- Beverley Knight - Vocals (2001)
 See also
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Dance chart
- Buffalo Man, the name of the character featured on all of the Jamiroquai's album artwork
 External links
- Official Website
- Jamiroquai at Last.fm
- Long running unofficial fan site
- Discussion forums about Jamiroquai and Jason Kay
- Jamiroquai Lyrics
- (Italian) JAMIROSITE - Italian Fan Site
- The JamiroZONE - Remixes and exclusive jamiroquai art!
- J Love - Japanese Fan Site
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