We're in Love with the World of Janie Jones

Janie Jones

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We're in Love with the World of Janie Jones Review

by Richie Unterberger

It's quite a feat to manufacture a 22-song compilation from Jones' slim legacy. RPM has managed the impossible on this disc, which has both sides of all five of her 1965-70 singles, as well as the 1983 "House of the Ju-Ju Queen"/"Sex Machine" single she recorded with the Clash (as Janie Jones and the Lash) and a bunch of demos, outtakes and alternates, most from the '60s. Even if you're in this for the laugh -- certainly no one could make grand claims for the music -- this is really stretching things past reasonable limits. The "Witches Brew" hit and mod music-hall comic items like "Tickle Me Tootsie Wootsies" and "Gunning for You" aren't all that amusing, and when Jones ditched saucy comedy for pure pop, well, let's just say that Jackie DeShannon does an infinitely better job with Jimmy Webb's "Girl's Song." Incredibly Strange Music fans will get a kick out of this; otherwise, the market is restricted to Clash completists, who will need this for the Janie Jones and the Lash single, as well as the lo-fi Joe Strummer demo of "House of the Ju-Ju Queen" that's also included.

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