On 19 October Jamiroquai's first official UK single was released in the UK. A news item was posted here at funkin.com about the occasion and since then I've asked Toby Smith - one of the original band members from the beginnings of the band about what it was like back then. This is what he told me...
'Mostly my memory is very hazy! I remember Jay coming to my flat with a copy of 'When You Gonna Learn', and me thinking how good it sounded. We were partying really hard at the time, a lot of warehouse raves - no specific launch party as such.'
'The first time it felt like something was really happening was on the release of TYTD..we were recording the album at the time, and there was a distinct shift in how things felt as a band. Great times really, a lot of laughing and blurry 5am finishes.'
'It took years for me to be objective enough to see the Jamiroquai roller coaster for what it was, in fact probably only in the last few years can I reflect on those first few months and see how things grew - at the time we were so preoccupied with the present, and gigging/partying/writing that there was no time to consider anything else. The industry has changed so much, power has shifted from the major record companies to artists and smaller independents and even though no one sells 10 million records any more I still feel that it is a really exciting time to get involved in new music. Still... watching The Hoosiers at the beginning of their career has definitely brought back memories...'