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10 iconic Jamiroquai moments

All the cars, hats and didgeridoos you can shake a stick at

  • Louis Anderson-Rich (Additional words: Jasmine Kent-Smith. Additional material: Juliet Cromwell-Boakes)
  • 17 March 2017
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3 The environmental concerns of ‘Emergency On Planet Earth’

Speaking of that debut album, a lot of people say Jay Kay’s lyrics don’t make sense, that it’s all nonsensical drivel about cosmic girls and fast cars. But look a little closer and you’ll see themes of war, world poverty and climate change. From the title track of their debut: “And a little boy in hungry land, is just a picture in the news, won't see him in that TV advertising, 'cause it might put you off your food’. I mean, shit, you feel that one in the heart right? And don’t let the fact he owns about 1300 cars put you off either, like he says, he can only drive one at a time.

4 When Jay Kay beat Simon Cowell for top spot on Top Gear

Remember the halcyon days of Top Gear when it was still three man-children messing about in cars for an hour every Sunday? In those heady times, Jay Kay was king of the show. Like he says in the above video, it has nothing to do with the music and there are more important things going on in the world. But having his honeyed vocals and the ‘silly’ hats that come with it at the top of the Fastest Star In A Reasonably Priced Car leaderboard was satisfying. Mainly because it meant Simon Cowell, the guy who introduced One Direction to the world, wasn't.

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