Hello there inmates!

Oh lawd the blues have come! I may have been wrong last week about feeling blue after the Halloween season was over because it seems to be lingering even now. I’ve not been feeling very enthusiastic about anything recently, with the exception of sleep. It’s really frustrating as I know I’m doing it and how backwards it is. I’m better than this. I’m not exactly sure why I’m lamenting about this publicly but I felt it was worth mentioning to y’all after some more forlorn poems in recent days. It appears the weather has been of the same mind as we’ve been hit with some very significant rains over the last week. We’ve been struggling with some flooding in some areas on the island. The Isle of Wight and its infrastructure never seems to cope well with such things. Alas…

So, on to more positive things eh? Did anybody see the clue for todays writing music theme? I think it may have been a rather difficult one to deduce if you didn’t recognise the individuals in the photo. You see todays musical theme is, in fact, not strictly a theme at all but rather will be focussing once again on a specific artist!

Would you like me to introduce you to them? Todays musical ‘guests’ will be the Tiger Lillies! In my opinion they are a band that defies logical explanation. They are a cult musical trio from the UK who describe themselves as “Brechtian Punk Cabaret” and I think it’s fair to say they are one of the originals in the area; inspiring such acts as the Dresden Dolls. They’re a rather avant-garde group that has a rather unique sound. I picture them as a drunken and downcast mime with an accordion in post-war Berlin. I should mention that the subject matter of many of their songs can be rather offensive and dark, to say the least. They were brought together by the vocalist and accordionist Martyn Jacques. Oh, what can I say about Mr. Jacques? He possibly has one of the most unique vocal styles that I’m personally aware of. It just has to be heard to be believed. So rather than impotently rambling about this singular music artist, perhaps it would be better if I got on with the actual music eh? Let’s get on with it!

Please join me as we delve into the musical minds of the Tiger Lillies!

The Tiger Lillies – Bully Boys

The Tiger Lillies – Thousand Violins

The Tiger Lillies – Jack

The Tiger Lillies – Gin

The Tiger Lillies – Is That All There Is?

And there we have it! What do you think eh? You understand why I said they’re impossible to describe in a succinct manner. I tried to get a good mix of their music as their style and subject matter has shifted numerous times over the years. I do hope that you enjoy this artist as I feel they don’t get the attention that they deserve. I will be including their website link below for all of you to check out as well.

The Tiger Lillies website: https://www.tigerlillies.com/

Speaking of websites, I have some pages on some social media ones as well! The asylum attempts to get some attention on my Facebook page, I also have a page over on Instagram and last but not kind of least a page on Twitter as well! Please think about following and liking me over on those sites as well. It would mean the world to me. Also, if you really enjoy what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over on the Ko-Fi page as well. Thank you all for everything!

So, until next week, please have a very crazy day inmates!

  1. I hope that the flooding has subsided. Sending prayers for safety for you and all involved on the Isle.
    The music selections are all new to me. 🎶🎶😊
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Osharlequin says:

      That’s very kind of you my friend. Fortunately the flooding on the island is rarely dangerous but causes a great deal of disruption. I believe it is mostly subsided by now fortunately.

      I hope you enjoyed them. Thank you kindly!

      The Oldschool Harlequin

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