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Jimmie's Chicken Shack is an American alternative rock band from Annapolis, Maryland. They emerged through MTV airplay during the final days of the grunge era. The band was discovered in 1994 and subsequently managed by the producer Richard James Burgess.
Jimmie's Chicken Shack started out as an acoustic duo between singer/vocalist, Jimi Haha, and original lead guitar player, Jim McD (now a member of Supine). They then added drummer Jim Chaney and bassist Che Lemon. The band's name is taken from the name of a restaurant where Malcolm X used to hang out.
"The bass player from Ten x's (Ten Time Big, Haha's previous band) decided we should call ourselves Jimmies Chicken Shack. He pulled it from the Malcolm X biography ...from a place where X used to hang out. At the time it was just the three Jimmies..." -Jimi Haha
Jimmie's Chicken Shack has released a total of seven albums and two EPs. The first four early independent releases are: Chicken Scratch, Spitburger Lottery, 2for1 Special, and Giving Something Back. Chicken Scratch and Spitburger Lottery were combined to make up the 2for1 Special CD. These four were on the influential regional indie label Fowl Records.
Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope:
JCS signed with Elton John's label Rocket Records and released Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope in June of 1997. Singles from Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope were "High," "Dropping Anchor," "Blood," and "Another Day." "High" and "Dropping Anchor" both have music videos. The video for "High" was shown fairly often on MTV's 120 Minutes.
Most of the songs that were included on PTSE were included on previous releases. Three other unknown songs were considered for this record, but never made it onto the release.
Bring Your Own Stereo:
Bring Your Own Stereo was released by Island Defjam. The time between the two major releases was a troubled time for the band internally. There were several changes of members and also trouble with the major label as they were shunted from Rocket/Island to Rocket/A&M then back to Rocket/Island and after the sale of Polygram to Universal Music Group, they were moved onto Island Defjam. "Do Right" and "Trash" were both singles released from B.Y.O.S. "Do Right" was the first single released and the only JCS music video to make it onto MTV's Total Request Live with Carson Daly. "Trash" never received much airplay, mainly due to lack of support by the record label.
With early releases of B.Y.O.S, there was a card to mail to Fowl Records for a free copy of the Slow Change EP. This EP is rare, but can still be occasionally found.
The tour for this album included dates playing with bands such as Creed, Fuel, Finger Eleven, and Joydrop.
After fighting for nearly three years to get released from Island Defjam, they released re.present on Koch Records in April of 2004. "Falling Out" (featuring Aaron Lewis of Staind) was the only single released from re.present. A music video was made for the single and received limited airplay through various outlets.
The title is believed to mean that this effort by Jimmie's Chicken Shack is meant to re-present the band to the public. The themes in the lyrics and music on this disc varies from comedically clever ("Gettoveritt") to serious and dark ("Happiness").
Fail On Cue:
JCS has always been hard to classify. No two records, let alone songs, have sounded the same. Though confusing to the commercial radio world their fans appreciate the band's independent attitude and the varied sounds that each record offers. The band continues to tour as it has for the past 13 years playing the grass roots, high energy shows that built their reputation often playing sets as long as 3 hours.
They are currently at work on a new studio album that should be released in November 2007. The working title was "Making Babies" but has now been changed to "Fail On Cue". Some of the new songs that are being performed live that will appear on the upcoming album are "Mutha Luvers," "The Quiet Ones," "Another Great Idea," and what was suppose to be the title track, "Making Babies." The album will also include the bands second cover a song, Fugazi's "Waiting Room". There were also rumors that the new disc will include "Confident," a JCS song that has been demoed before for other releases, but has never made it onto a CD.
In 2006, the band sold its old tour van through its message board. Unknowingly, they left a CD labeled as "Demos for 6" in the van. These demos are unlikely to circulate due to the request of the band to the van's new owner but this is the tracklisting.
1. Where The Good Ones Go 2. Common 3. Debt 4. One Big Mistake 5. 7 More Years 6. Confident 7. I Only Want Everything 8. Vacuum 9. Bliss 10. Forward 11. Radio Song 12. Another Great Idea
* Casey Hean has a new project called News Travels Fast
* Matt Jones played in Aphile before joining JCS.
* Jerome and Christian both played in Fidel.
* There is misinformation on a few reputable sites claiming that JCS released a CD called "The Original Recipe." There was talk around 2002 of an official live CD to come out, but it never happened.
JCS shows often include comedic antics by the band. Some of these include:
* Jimi Haha licking his guitar to show the crowd his "guitar licks."
* The entire band taking shots on stage and getting drunk - tequila being their drink of choice.
* Making fun of each other.
* Jimi doing backflips off of his guitar amp into the crowd and setting his hair on fire.