Sunday, September 10, 2017

Gone but not completely forgotten

I don't suppose many people lie awake at night wondering whatever happened to JJ72. Once upon a time - around the year 2000, to be precise - the Irish trio looked set for superstardom: a succession of hit singles, the attention of an excited music press, tours with Coldplay and Muse and the patronage of U2. The Quietus' Matt Kaufman has caught up with the band's former vocalist and guitarist Mark Greaney to find out what went wrong - a classic tale of too much expectation and pressure, a poor follow-up album and the fickle nature of the music industry. Meanwhile, Dean Sobers revisits their self-titled debut LP, which appealed to Smashing Pumpkins and Placebo fans (as I certainly was at that time).

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