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Canned Heat on The Voice UK TV show

Added on Monday 14 May 2012, 14:09 (BST)

Although I don't personally watch The Voice UK television show it seems that over 5 million people in the UK do.  On the show broadcast on Sunday evening the contestants in Jessie J's 'team' got together and opened the show with a version of Jamiroquai Canned Heat.  The recording is available to watch online (in the UK at least) until Sunday 20 May using the BBC iPlayer service.

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wow, never again.

Gotta give credit for trying a Jamiroquai track (never seen it on any other similar show e.g. X-factor), but I have to say it wasn't great. Some missed their cues n didn't hit the high notes. So much for having a voice lol

Nice try but it simply highlights how good Jay Kay is lol. Good to hear someone trying it though! Brave. It's a really hard song to sing.

you can also see this CH performance one Youtube here:

LINK: http://tinyurl.com/cmqhlaa

as for this, ugh, would have rather have watched a coop of several Jessie J trained battery chickens cluck this than these kids try to breathe life into this jami classic, really, so I'm guessing the mainstream on either side of the atlantic are 'par' with Jamiroquai's most well known track has gone from 'virtual insanity' to 'canned heat'. oh well, at least Jamiroquai is getting some royalities from his song usage, and that's the most important thing...isn't it? really isn't it? Ah forget it...LOL! ~JamiroFan2000~

oh no, why ,what the...

this is a better version. too many singers on other
australian x-factor
http://tinyurl.com/25j8yfb

I agree with the above, but has anyone ever covered a Jamiroquai song successfully ?

@cover actually, there have been some very solid Jami covers done in the past, here a few of the notables:

Clara Moreno - 'When You Gonna Learn?'
LINK: http://tinyurl.com/cqjm4le

Beverly Knight - 'When You Gonna Learn?'
LINK: http://tinyurl.com/7sdhfqc

~JamiroFan2000~

vitual insanity covered on german television show this month
http://tinyurl.com/cb46m5q

They're not my definition of successful covers.

In my opinion you are more likely to rate a cover that your favourite band does as opposed to having another band cover a song from your favourite.

This is reason why you practice in the shower! LOL!!

This shows once again that Jamiroquai songs are not average stuff to be performed by anybody and are exclusive property of Mr. Kay´s voice. There is only one artist I wish he made a cover to a Jamiroquai song and that is Mr. Ayers. And I mean an instrumental, not a singing cover.

its not only the voice, but also the quality of the musicians, which are not nearly as good as Jamiroquai on this cover

well no cover sounds better than the original. and i cant put jamiroquai of any other musician right now bc of their lack for passion informing fans about touring or releases after 'smile'. maye they are fed up with the record label. you would hope jay gets off his old man recliner ans lets the peeps that support him know a little more then nothing right now. jamiroquai's social media and news output..ill rate a 2 out of 10. arent they as musicians supposed to make us wanting more? the forums are pretty quiet right now and so is this site.

Perhaps they are a bit peeved by the label they're on. I mean they did such a wonderful job promoting RDLS and that album cover ...forget it. That's why I said way back that they'd benefit TREMENDOUSLY by going independent. The sooner, the better.

No disrespect to these news items, but starting to get inpatient that there's still no sign at all of upcoming UK tour dates!

i dont think jay is smart enough to go independent, or perhaps care enough. i mean..he had a ericcson phone last time we checked... :-p

of course jay has made some bad decisions, but shows like this should be able to boost popularity but he is wanting too much underground likes then mainstream and that hurts us in the u.s.
then it appears he is a bit of a hypocrite because he says he doesnt want to visit the u.s. because of not being able to sell out. well..thats what happens to underground artists not willing to sell out to these shows now a days. sad. very sad.

You do chat a lot of crap.

huge fan for sure here. but it is depressing. broken promises...no..broken hopes made by jamiroquai? for sure. crap? that would be if it wasnt true. how can you say its not true what i say above? i dont talk to Jay? true. its obvious that jamiroquai is not what they used to be b/c age is definitely catching up

michael, I don't recall Jay saying he doesn't want to tour the US because he didn't want to sell out. That doesn't make sense. A tour is a tour, man. The US is a big country.

From my understanding of his terms for selling out, selling out would be to perform on a show where the band would have to play to a track instead of playing live. Selling out would have to be equated with the artist doing a bunch of promos for a crowd of entitled yahoos who can't distinguish a canned gimmick from true artistic talent.

And just to drop this bomb on you, we're all hypocrites at some point. So get over it.

michael, I don't care whether or not Jamiroquai tours, I just want them to create more music.

My complaint is more with the fact that Jay doesn't seem as motivated to create excellent music as he used to be. Indeed, he always seems to be preoccupied with his material possessions. *sigh*

It's pointless to harp on and on about the same thing all the time because it doesn't make a difference.

Fortunately there's still good music being produced, though in short order. Right now I'm anxiously awaiting Donald Fagen's new album (finally!) and some other stuff. It pays to have a wide scope of interests. That way, you don't become reliant upon just one or two musicians for your music fix.

very true we all hypocrites. im just tired of seeing news that is 15 months old too :-p ahem u.s release
of course alot of frustration in these comments. at least the fan bass is voc more than orhers

You mean 17 months.

Why waste time complaining about something we have no control over? I won't beg for new music, I'll simply look to other artists.

Artists begin with a passion, some oft-secret motivational factor which drives their creative instincts. They start off hungry, but something happens along the way. Fame and fortune become impediments to artistic growth. There's nothing quite as tragic as an artist who's possessed with his material possessions. It's easy to tell the difference between when an artist is passionate about his work and when he's just phoning it in. Indeed, the artists who maintain integrity throughout their life are few and far-between.

So, in a way, I'm glad Jay isn't working on another album.

true dat. 17 months too :-p

Hilarious ideology.

Hilarious ideology? If you say so.

What I said holds true for a great many artists. They start hungry and fired-up but then something happens to them and they lose their inspiration. Sometimes it's fame and fortune, other times it's relationships and creative differences.

Just another reason why it's great to be an independent solo artist.

Would say Jay has far from lost his inspiration with the release of Smile which was only 10 months ago! Also, he has always been obsessed with cars so nothing changes there - and why should it? As to Jamiroquai selling out... don't think so = would say they are one of the few bands nowadays who actually have the balls to stand by their convictions and not follow the trashy media hype that is the majority of ''popular' music and/or artists nowadays. How lovely that we see him in the media following his passions rather than pretending to be some kind of superstar who is famous for usually little more than being famous. I salute them and will wait with eagerness and anticipation for the bands next release whether it be in a year or 5 or 10 for that matter.

Exactly.
End of discussion.

I think what michael is saying by the band not "selllng out" is from a previous blog many moons ago where the band, possibly Jay was noted to say that touring USA was not profitable because of the size of the crowds versus the profit from ticket sales at their concerts.
I would have to agree with the bands stance on this. I think if Jamiroquai came to tour USA asking for the ticket price they deserve, it would not be enough to cover the expenses if the concerts did not sell out completely.

Because the band is still growing in recognition here in the states, the marketing would have to be funded more to increase the promotion of the band, or the band is simply left picking more "desired" places to do small gigs and breaking even financially.

We have been waiting to see if the band would do more promotion at the same time as increasing exposure but so far I've not seen any other marketing than tv promotion. But its a great time to do a tour here in the USA. People are getting better shows from bands and willing to pay extra for it. I would love to see Jamiroquai join a jazz fest and see them blow away the crowds. Either way, I'm at the next USA gig with my Adidas on.

With Smile, they just syphoned the harmonic progression from the verse in Canned Heat and set it to a mid-tempo groove. BTW, that was an outtake from the RDLS sessions. There are a few good cuts on their recent albums but everything following Synkronized has lacked consistency.

As far as Jay's love of cars, that's splendid. But what does his personal life have to do with anything?

Iroqoislady, I don't know what kind of attendance they could draw here in the US but the label doesn't seem to know what to do with them, as is evident by the stunning 17 months it took for them to release RDLS. I've yet to see any sort of promotion.

Michael, I see your point. It doesn't seem like the band is getting promoted by the new label much at all because the jamily would definitely rally around it if it was happening ...not only here in the USA but abroad.

I would like to see some promotion, even if its a little promotion. Word of mouth works to a degree...but we have so many music shows on tv now that would be etched up a knot on the coolness meter if a Jamiroquai commercial would run during one of them. I hate to think that Sony's promotion of the band is gonna be as good as it gets.

There is an explanation, of course. The record labels are looking to promote younger singers (I almost said "artists") and therefore consider Jamiroquai to be too old-fashioned. The labels today are not run by music-savvy folks but rather corporate suits who do not care about the art itself, only a product that they can market. 'Artistic development' is a non-factor -- it's all about making a quick buck at the expense of disposable celebrities of their own creation. THAT'S the reality of the major labels, all the more reason why I regard independent artists as the wave of the future. These days there's nothing to prevent anyone from both producing and distributing their own work.

How is discussing about jay's life or cars related to amateur singers performing canned heat? We already have a topic about his 68 cars. I am just glad to hear a jmq song on a popular show and seeing the judges dancing. I do favor more touring but let's not forget they had a grueling tour schedule last year, including death and health problems. Since January jmq has been on break, I think it's time to some jamirolove to us fans w/ touring and new material

thank you iroquislady
someone else understanding what i mean when jays he enjoys playing in smaller venues. too much of a ego to appear on these shows and to start all over in the usa to build a audience. you can be a one hit wonder or you can sell yourself again for entertainment somewhere your scared to try.

michael...tv contestants, canned music at "Chipotles", Dancing with the Stars, Jimmy Kimmel's show, jazz fest, where ever, when ever. Its all an interplanetary good vibe zone when I hear some Jamiroquai.

Comment seems spot on how the music industry handles real artists. Sad.

I saw Billboards awards recently and noticed who is considered in the "top" has not done a concert thru my state of Arizona. Phoenix is the 6th largest city in the USA. Why don't these top musicians get out and tour here?

I also noticed that their songs are not featured in other ways like Jamiroquais' songs are...

What this means to me is that Jamiroquai is STILL considered a cool band to listen to here in the states. So even if their label is sluggish right now...there is still the "cool" factor that the band wears solidly and this reputation is strong. The band is cool because they are a great band. Every album rocks it and not even Stevie Wonder has that.

when jamiroquai last came through Dallas, rumor was only a dozen showed up and they were not to happy. I remember a 1999 MTV interview when Jay said these are the stops they dont want to visit. but hopefully with social media they can pin point their fans more..SIGH..only time.

Iroquoislady, FYI we're not one and the same. I'm Michael with the upper-case M. The lower-case michael is somebody else.

it is 2012 already. i was waiting for some slightly
bombastic 20 years-of-jamiroquai- celebrations with special guests etc.correct me if i am wrong,but nothing
like this is going to happen.sad sad sad.

Two Michaels / michaels...?

The plot thickens...

I'm not the only person named Michael, after all.

Hi Michael, Hi michael ! : )

I know all I'm doing is travelin without movin !! Oh Yeah!!!

I Love this site! We are so world wide ! : )

That's true although lately there's been a stunning absence in quality music, not only from the Jamiroquai camp but everywhere. They should take advantage of this drought to record a new single.

Michael,

Your previous comment really got me thinking.

"There is an explanation, of course. The record labels are looking to promote younger singers (I almost said "artists") and therefore consider Jamiroquai to be too old-fashioned...."

And your current comment does too.

I can't help but ask...Do the music labels stagnate the artists THIS much? Especially at a time when we are all so hungry for good music?

Bubblegum:
My hopes are that a 20 year celebration comes in 2013 or 2014...in the form of a 2 disk. Would like to see some of the first band members featured. If Jamiroquai needs to do this independently...then..I say we all start letting the band know we want it.

Let's put it this way. Jamiroquai is under contract with their label. Depending on what their contract stipulates, they may not have the freedom to release anything without the consent of their parent label. If such is the case, even if they did record a new song, they'd still have to abide by their contract, meaning that the label would have free reign to pick and choose where and when to release the music in question.

Unless you're an established artist with a huge fan following, you don't get much leeway. Basically your fate is determined by the record execs pulling the strings at the top. It's no secret that their marketing division focuses on pushing newer acts in the mainstream.

I think that Jamiroquai signing another major label contract was probably the worst business decision they ever made. The labels are not interested in whether or not the music is any good, only in maintaining control and generating profit. That's part of the reason why so many up-and-coming independent artists refuse to sign with a label. I mean why allow some corporate middle-man to dictate your career, hoard your profits and rights to your own artistic works when you can do it all yourself and keep 100% of everything? Jamiroquai should've saw the writing on the wall.

I could go further with your comments but it would be a complete waste of time, your information is greatly un-researched and out of context. I don't understand why anyone would indulge you in your you're opinion as the lack of knowledge makes it invalid.

"The labels are not interested in whether or not the music is any good, only in maintaining control and generating profit."

Paranoia of the ruling powers.

Michael(x.87.x.48)is just simply an idiot. Just calling out the bull****.

You ask why I put the IP Address? The two stupid Michael's, neither of which thinking to change there name and help us out a little.

So I guess that SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, TPP, etc. is all paranoia, right? I mean it's not like the major corporations don't have an interest in trying to control and filter the internet to their own advantage. As well, I suppose all the shady book-keeping, lawsuits where labels try to keep the artists from getting back the rights to their own work, and other such things are all fabricated stories, right?

What planet do you live on?

MeTh892, is that the sum total of your 'argument,' that I'm an "idiot"? When you have no argument, resort to ad-hominem attacks. Way to go.

Court is adjourned, whilst the jury deliberate.

Businesses only cater to their money demographic, Iroquoislady. This is the driving force behind any set promotion a business is willing to give to an up 'n' coming band or performer. Another reason behind it are people who are willing to give everything they got to the industry. It's an industry that requires you to sell your soul if you want to stay in the scene.

Jamiroquai came out during a time where edgy bands, strong messages, and fusioned sounds were coming out. It was a bit of a youthful movement. Remember the early 90's was also part of a very politically correct time. Being different was encouraged in order to have the jump on the other competition. Your basic demographic were college age kids.

But nowadays?

Nowadays the demographic is lowered to have 15 year old kids be that money demographic. They want the music to match the mood that's on the television....which is chock full of retarded "reality" shows about superficial idiots being aggressively showy, drunk, and rude. Therefore you have something just as decadent on the airwaves....

a buttload of crappy dance-club tunes performed by lip-synching pretty faces. Notice how just about every "popular" song that comes out from the likes of Niki Minaj or Gaga or Perry or Rhianna sounds like a dance mix?

Yeah...that stuff. They play songs like that during those crappy shows. Real music, real musicians, real artists get overlooked. They're abandoned by their label for the hottest look with tabloid potential. Any idol who you loved during those years gone by are people who you have to actively seek out now since they're not as exposed to the public like they used to.

Blame the industry.

Correction: Blame the mainstream/major labels, not the industry.

There's a reason why album sales fell into a slump for a decade and that's mainly due to a lack of quality music being offered. People still want quality music -- they haven't forgotten about the good stuff from yesteryear -- but quality offerings are in short supply. As you said, the labels want fresh, young faces, i.e. an image that they can wrap a slick marketing campaign around. These artificial celebrities don't know Jack from Jill about quality music; they rely solely on media exposure in order to cling to their 15 minutes of fame.

Seriously, do you think acts such as Gaga, Bieber, KeSha, Perry, etc. have long shelf lives? They're flavors of the month, here today and supplanted tomorrow by the next fad.

Jamiroquai isn't high on the corporate priority list. Unless lightning strikes twice and they produce another smash hit like Virtual Insanity (which is really all the labels care about anyway), they'll be relegated to the sidelines. Ask the mainstream consumer about Jamiroquai and they'll likely resond with, "Oh yeah, Virtual Insanity. Canned Heat. I love those songs!" Heck, look at this article's topic. The people who follow the mainstream are literally being told what to like, what to consume, who to listen to. That's the reality of the situation.

Very Interesting you guys.

Where does that leave us here in America?

I noticed that Mercury Records has some big artists... Artists that I do not see tour thru Arizona. Truth is...I don't hear them on the radio here and since I don't watch MTV anymore...I get very little exposure to what seems like "big artists". I thought I was mainstream still....but I see no reason why Jay Z is anything but a business man.

I also noticed that alot of artists that do tour thru Arizona are not with Mercury Records. Is there some Anti-American sediment in the making of a living as a mainstream artist going on with Mercury artists?

Beiber's with Mercury. Weak shelf life there. Beiber will flow thru here in September...scooping it up before going to Europe and Asia where all the rest make it big and then come back to the USA to live.

"Sign up with us...you will be with many of the biggest American artists out right now...and we'll take care of you.

Just gotta scam. Scamming my life away.

Falco..
"Paranoia of the ruling powers."

I'm thinking there are half a dozen people in this string alone that could market and promote Jamiroquai better than Mercury records is doing.

To me its more like:

"Stupidity of the ruling powers".

"Where does that leave us here in America?"

The same situation. The truth is, record labels abroad funtion on a very similar wavelength to ours (indeed, in most cases they are the same labels).

"I noticed that Mercury Records has some big artists... Artists that I do not see tour thru Arizona. Truth is...I don't hear them on the radio here and since I don't watch MTV anymore...I get very little exposure to what seems like 'big artists.' I thought I was mainstream still....but I see no reason why Jay Z is anything but a business man."

Today's mainstream consists of television, music publications (all downhill due to internet exposure) and internet promotion, mainly YouTube-based. Yes, unfortunately, it seems as though Google/YouTube work in much the same way as mainstream media does. If you click on their music channel, you'll be greeted with dozens of major label MVs, many of which with what appears to be artifically-inflated view counts registering well over 100 million. (*pfft* yeah right; can you say 'desperation'? Thankfully, their sales figures contradict this mysterious explosion in internet popularity.)

"I also noticed that alot of artists that do tour thru Arizona are not with Mercury Records. Is there some Anti-American sediment in the making of a living as a mainstream artist going on with Mercury artists?"

No, I wouldn't say "anti-American sentiment" but rather that Arizona's simply not a hot spot for artistic activity. The extreme hot weather is probably a big turnoff.

"Beiber's with Mercury. Weak shelf life there. Beiber will flow thru here in September...scooping it up before going to Europe and Asia where all the rest make it big and then come back to the USA to live."

I can't fathom why anyone would wanna go to a Bieber concert. Just give it time and his replacement will come along to fill the airwaves with a new brand of aural trash.

You misunderstood.

Was I talking to you?

Michael, major record labels have their fingers in anything you can imagine. They consider themselves the establishment because they are powerful enough to effect your career. They have investments in much more than the label they run, they have their fingers in other ventures outside of that to guarantee the continuation of their influence and wealth.

So, yes, they are the industry. Anything smaller than a major label has a connection to it in some way, shape, or form. Not one executive on this Earth begins and ends where they mainly work, they have influence in other things.

That's nothing new, dude. Greed does that to people.

Other than that, you're just repeating points in a more hysterical way. You're not the only one who knows that because of this sort of influence, that people who clamor over it are basically being spoon-fed ideals and trends. That's how those labels stay afloat. They feed you ideas that what you're seeing is the best innovation since the wheel. Heck that's how Jamiroquai really got known. It wasn't the message of When You Gonna Learn that did it, it was the backing of the label that pushed the promotion to expose them to the public eye and thus pushing the sales.

It's nothing new, man. So I think you can chill now.

MeTh892, I wasn't talking to you. Also, don't pretend that you know me.

whowantsacookie: "Michael, major record labels have their fingers in anything you can imagine. They consider themselves the establishment because they are powerful enough to effect your career."

That may've been true a decade or so ago but it's not true anymore. The internet gave the artist the means to build their own career from scratch without any major label involvement.

"So, yes, they are the industry. Anything smaller than a major label has a connection to it in some way, shape, or form. Not one executive on this Earth begins and ends where they mainly work, they have influence in other things."

No, they're part of the industry, a cog in the wheel. But they're anything but the entire industry.

"Other than that, you're just repeating points in a more hysterical way. You're not the only one who knows that because of this sort of influence, that people who clamor over it are basically being spoon-fed ideals and trends. That's how those labels stay afloat. They feed you ideas that what you're seeing is the best innovation since the wheel. Heck that's how Jamiroquai really got known. It wasn't the message of When You Gonna Learn that did it, it was the backing of the label that pushed the promotion to expose them to the public eye and thus pushing the sales."

You're comparing the old business model with the new. Things have changed dramatically ever since Jamiroquai got their major label push.

I wouldn't bother 'whowantsacookie', this discussion has lost all significance. It's just one sweeping statement after another. The points have been made and concluded, rest assure your points have been heard Michael. It's just time to stop regurgitating the same post.

And to clarify, I wasn't addressing you with the 'misuderstood' comment.

Michael:

Yes its hot here in Arizona...but its a DRY HEAT !! Hahahaha.

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