Perennial favorite Jim Noir to end the weekend. I was checking around and I don’t see anything more recent than a 2015 single release, but that doesn’t really mean anything since artists are known for taking extended periods of time off for rest and regrouping.
But I will admit Jim Noir is a veritable depository of catchy and downright interesting tunes. And a lot of his work has wound up being used in films, TV and commercials – which is lucrative but doesn’t do a lot for your visibility as the guy responsible for those catchy moments.
So since I haven’t seen anything new on the horizon and in case you weren’t familiar with the name, but familiar with the music, here are two tracks, both off his Jimmy’s Show album from 2012.
Here’s a little background, via his Universal Music publishers site, in case you want to find out a little bit more:
Singer/songwriter Jim Noir (real name Alan Roberts) was born in 1982 in Davyhulme, Manchester. His dreams of making music started early; he was fascinated with TV as a young boy, and by middle school he was performing in talent shows and singing in various karaoke competitions. His performance of 808 State’s ‘In Yer Face’ with his friend Batfinks was a defining moment for the young Noir. It was also more than enough for Noir to decide that making music would be his life. In 2003 he landed a recording contract with the UK indie imprint My Dad Recordings. Noir already had notebooks full of songs, and three EPs — ‘Eanie Meany’, ‘My Patch’, and ‘A Quiet Man’ — quickly followed by 2004. His pop sensibility is classic, echoing ’60s psychedelic pop, ’70s soft rock, and indie pop with an undercurrent of electronics.
Mancunian locals the Beep Seals joined Noir for the recording of his debut album. ‘Tower of Love’ was released early 2006 on My Dad in the UK. A performance at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas introduced Noir to American audiences that March. His profile was further boosted from the use of his songs ‘Tower of Love’ and ‘Eanie Meany’ (with its naggingly catchy refrain “If you don’t give my football back/I’m gonna get my dad on you”) in brilliant Adidas ads that ran nonstop during the 2006 World Cup. Barsuk Records signed Noir and released ‘Tower of Love’ in the US.
In 2007 ‘My Patch’ was used as the music for a Target department stores TV Christmas ad, and early the next year Noir released a self-titled follow-up album, also on Barsuk. After taking a couple years off from releasing albums, Noir resurfaced in 2011 with his ambitious Noir Club, which involved him making an exclusive EP available each month on his website. By the end of the year he had released 13 EPs. In 2012 his third album, Jimmy’s Show, came out through his website.
Hopefully, there will be new material on the horizon – in the meantime, a reminder and a memory refresher course; Cheese Of Jim’s Command and Tea from 2012.
Buckle up – another week is coming.