Tiger Lillies @ Principal Club Theater | 05.04.13
Morality is dead! Long live pleasure!
The Tiger Lillies are a cult British musical trio formed in 1989 by singer-songwriter Martyn Jacques. Often described as the forefathers of Brechtian Punk Cabaret the Tiger Lillies are well known for their unique sound and style which merges the macabre magic of pre-war Berlin with the savage edge of punk.
The Independent has described The Tiger Lillies as “a provocative and avant- garde three-piece band that combines cabaret, vaudeville, music-hall and street theatre”, while Tim Arthur of Time Out has given a more imaginative description: “Imagine Kurt Weill conjuring up images of prewar Berlin while a falsetto vocalist screams, squeaks and squawks his way through every number like some rambling madman, and you’ve got the picture”. Notorious for singing controversial songs involving bestiality, prostitution, blasphemy and all other vice imaginable, The Tiger Lillies are undoubtedly not for the easily offended. Their musical style is mainly influenced by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s masterpiece The Threepenny Opera and pre-war Berlin cabaret but other influences such as gypsy and circus music, French chanson and British music hall tunes are also evident.
The Tiger Lillies current members are:
- Martyn Jacques – vocals, accordion, piano, guitar, harmonica, ukulele and banjolele
- Adrian Huge (born Adrian Hughes) – drums, percussion and backing vocals
- Adrian Stout – double bass, backing vocals musical saw and theremin
The Tiger Lillies has devolped a huge following over the years, by marrying the shock tactics of punk with all the ingredients of traditional cabaret. – Paul Vale, The Stage
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