SF's alternative dance duo releases groovy electronic delivered with left-of-center appeal & confidence. Best known so far for their debut single "Hot Sahara" which helped steam up The L Word last summer 2008 and climbed to #23 on Top 40 Dance Radio. The unmistakable, distinctive duo of vocalist/composer Alicia Perrone (Berkeley, CA) and musician/composer Victor James (Alturas, CA) played the SF bay area club scene in several popular bay area bands, one of which (Simon Stinger) was discovered by Ric Ocasek during his A&R days at Elektra Records back in 2004. New EP "Head Go Whoosh" featuring Lola Like This & Hush Madame X available now everywhere!
New EP "Head Go Whoosh" featuring first singles "Lola Like This" & "Hush Madame X" available now everywhere!
Fans of Jimmy Century Biography
- Top TV placement of their debut single "Hot Sahara" on Showtime's "The L Word" (Episode 504) during a steamy scene gaining great buzz on the internet - a scene now referred to by L Word fanatics as the "Hot Sahara Scene."
- Dancemusic.About.com selects Fans of Jimmy Century as one of the Projects they're "Most Excited About for 2008;" with a nod to FOJC for "Global Domination."
- Dancemusic.About.com's Year end charts for 2008 list FOJC's Twist of theBanshees #10 in his Top 30 Best Dance Records.
- Dance radio adds & airplay for debut single "Hot Sahara" include 92.7 Energy San Francisco, 92.7 Energy Phoenix, Pulse 87 NYC, Pride Radio, AOL RADIO, iPartyRadio and WBZC/Pemberton, NJ
- Hot Sahara charts at #23 on FMQB Radio Charting May 2008.
- Pulse 87 NYC charted Hot Sahara at #43 on their 2008 New Year's Eve Top 100 Countdown.
- Hot Sahara is placed in "Ugly Betty," "Samantha Who," and "The Hills."
- FOJC performed in front of thousands in 2008 at 4 of the top Pride & Dance festivals in the nation including San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Cruz, & Vancouver, B.C. They also performed at Folsom Street Fair in 2008.
- American Airlines now airing "Blonde Ambition Red Temptation" on all flights on their Paste Beat radio station channel 5 for millions of travelers in February & March of 2009.
- Official video for Hot Sahara was released in a updated noir setting, and it's popularity & exciting live performance resulted in FOJC being names a top 10 finalist to play Treasure Island with Goldfrapp.
- FOJC was invited to speak on the Clubland's Hitmakers panel at DJ Expo 2008 in Atlantic City alongside dance sensations like Lady Gaga & Jes.
- FOJC on the Grammy ballot for nominations for both Best Dance Single for Hot Sahara and Best Dance Album for Twist of the Banshees.
- 2009 brings brand new singles from their January recording sessions, including "Lola Like This" "The New Madame X, & "International" to be released in May 2009.
PRESS 2009: DANCEMUSIC.ABOUT.CO
TOP 30 BEST DANCE TRACKS OF 2008:
Coming in at #10:
Hot Sahara by Fans of Jimmy Century / Ann-Margrock Records
Imagine the edgy/alt sound of Garbage but with a stronger, more powerful voice and you got the idea of the sound of Fans of Jimmy Century. Although best known for a racy placement during The L Word, the club remixes by Eric Kupper and Lenny B had us dancing all year long.
For complete chart & story:
RADIO 2008: PULSE 87 NYC TOP 87
THE TOP 87 OF 2008!!!
1 BELLATRAX feat. SOPHIA MAY I CAN'T HELP MYSELF
2 IDA CORR VS. FEDDE LE GRAND LET ME THINK ABOUT IT
3 SEPTEMBER CRY FOR YOU
4 DANITY KANE DAMAGED
5 ESTELLE/KANYE WEST AMERICAN BOY
6 LEONA LEWIS BLEEDING LOVE
7 DAVID GUETTA/CHRIS WILLIS LOVE IS GONE
8 NE-YO CLOSER
9 BRITNEY SPEARS BREAK THE ICE
10 LADY GAGA JUST DANCE
11 MADONNA/JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE 4 MINUTES
12 MADONNA GIVE IT TO ME
13 CHRIS BROWN WITH YOU
14 YVES LAROCK RISE UP
15 RIHANNA DON'T STOP THE MUSIC
16 JORDIN SPARKS/CHRIS BROWN NO AIR
17 GEORGE LAMOND DON'T STOP BELIEVING
18 CASCADA WHAT HURTS THE MOST
19 ERCOLA feat. DANIELLA EVERY WORD
20 RIHANNA DISTURBIA
21 FLANDERS BEHIND
22 THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS WHEN I GROW UP
23 DJ ANTIONE THIS TIME
24 ROBBIE RIVERA BACK TO ZERO
25 KAT DELUNA/BUSTA RHYMES RUN THE SHOW
26 KATY PERRY I KISSED A GIRL
27 CYNDI LAUPER INTO THE NIGHTLIFE
28 BOB SINCLAR ROCK THIS PARTY
29 GROOVE ARMADA LOVE SWEET SOUND
30 CHRIS BROWN FOREVER
31 NATASHA BEDINGFIELD POCKETFUL OF SUNSHINE
32 SEAN KINGSTON TAKE YOU THERE
33 KIM SOZZI LIKE A STAR
34 ENUR feat. NATASJA CALABRIA 2007
35 BRITNEY SPEARS PIECE OF ME
36 LEONA LEWIS BETTER IN TIME
37 NE-YO MISS INDEPENDENT
38 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE LOVESTONED
39 KELLY CLARKSON BECAUSE OF YOU
40 MICHELLE WILLIAMS WE BREAK THE DAWN
41 USHER LOVE IN THIS CLUB
42 BINGO PLAYERS feat. CHOCOLATE PUMA TOUCH ME
43 AKON RIGHT NOW (Na Na Na)
44 JES IMAGINATION
45 FANS OF JIMMY CENTURY HOT SAHARA
46 LUCAS PRATA feat. JEANNIE ORTEGA A GIRL LIKE THAT
47 ANNAGRACE YOU MAKE ME FEEL
48 OSCAR G YOU
49 KATY PERRY HOT N COLD
50 ANANE' feat. MR. VEGAS SHAKE IT
51 PINK WHO KNEW
52 BOB SINCLAR/STEVE EDWARDS TOGETHER
53 KIM SOZZI FEEL YOUR LOVE
54 DAVID GUETTA/COZI BABY WHEN THE LIGHT
55 BRITNEY SPEARS WOMANIZER
56 CASCADA FADED
57 KIM LEONI MEDICINE
58 YARDI DON Vs. FRANK TI-AYA ONE LOVE, WORLD LOVE
59 MARIAH CAREY TOUCH MY BODY
60 RIHANNA TAKE A BOW
61 BASSHUNTER NOW YOU'RE GONE
62 MILEY CYRUS SEE YOU AGAIN
63 SUNFREAKZ DRIVE OUT
64 JORDIN SPARKS TATOO
65 FAWNI CHASING CARS
66 CRYSTAL WATERS DANCE FLOOR
67 TIMBALAND/ONEREPUBLIC APOLOGIZE (Ultimix)
68 NICOLA FASANO 75 BRAZIL STREET
69 EYEREEL ALLSTARS GET IT ON
70 MOBY DISCO LIES
71 COLDPLAY VIVA LA VIDA
72 DA GROOVE DOCTORS ALL WE NEED
73 PINK SO WHAT
74 LAURENT WOLF NO STRESS
75 CRAZY LOOP MMM MA-MA
76 DAVID GUETTA/CHRIS WILLIS THE WORLD IS MINE
77 GROOVE ARMADA GET DOWN
78 CHRIS BROWN feat. T-PAIN KISS KISS
79 ALEX GUADINO/CRYSTAL WATERS DESTINATION CALABRIA
80 GOOD CHARLOTTE I DON'T WANT TO BE IN LOVE (Ultimix)
81 ROBYN HANDLE ME
82 BOB SINCLAR/STEVE EDWARDS WORLD, HOLD ON
83 THE TING TINGS SHUT UP AND LET ME GO
84 KID CUDI DAY N NITE
85 FILO & PERI ANTHEM
86 VERONICA THE WAY HE MAKES ME FEEL
87 DUFFY MERCY
RADIO 2008: THE SPIN - FMQB RAD
Nothing but the truth: A couple of singles are beginning to break big at dance radio. Moby "Disco Lies" (Mute) is at #24 on the Combined Airplay chart this week. We expect big moves from this record, as the song moves up in rotation at The Pulse/NY and Music Choice Dance this week. Another single with lots of great buzz, is the Fans Of Jimmy Century single "Hot Sahara" (Ann-Margrock) which moves #31-#23 this week on the Combined Airplay chart. Lots of early support on this one, with a number of the stations not playing it yet telling us it will be on momentarily."
Check out the chart:
PRESS 2008: THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE
Who needs the big record labels? Musicians are taking things into their hands with a computer, keyboard and the Internet. Publicity is being handled by MySpace, YouTube, Facebook and a plethora of social networking sites. The big guns haven't been replaced but groups like the Oakland group Fans of Jimmy Century have adapted like fish in water to the brave new recording world.
Fans of Jimmy Century's Internet-savvy strategy combined with the enthusiasm from staunch supporters has spurred the popularity of their mood-setting techno numbers that are in demand from TV shows like "Ugly Betty," "Samantha Who?" and "The Hills." Their iTunes sales of the single "Hot Sahara," a steamy dance number, went through the roof after the song was used to heat up a sizzling love scene in the cable drama, "The L Word." It became known among fans as the "Hot Sahara Scene." To top it off, the song was nominated for a Grammy and their first full-length CD, "Twist of the Banshees," was also nominated for best electronic/dance album.
"We still can't quite believe it," said singer Alicia Perrone, who together with Victor James, Allen Chiu and Monica Smith make up Fans of Jimmy Century.
The songs are stylized numbers that evoke images of models sauntering down a catwalk. Indeed, the group's onstage persona matches that image and some of the tracks were used as background music during the San Francisco Fashion Week.
Fans of Jimmy Century is slicker than Deee-Lite Advertisement ("Groove is in the Heart") and more playful than the Eurythmics. But their onstage persona is cut from the same cloth.
James and Perrone -- the core of Fans of Jimmy Century -- named their recording label Ann Margrock, the Flintstones character based on Ann-Margaret, who Perrone resembles on stage with pouty lips, sultry outfits and a fountain of fiery red hair. With dark eyes and hair and a goatee trimmed to a triangle below his lip, James creates a moody, modish guitar man in the spirit of the Eurythmics.
Offstage, the two divide much of their time between their in-home recording studio and meditation room with a shrine of Ganesh, who is identified among Hindu deities by his elephant head and revered as the remover of obstacles.
The group flirted with making it big back when they were part of Simon Stinger, a sort of punk-pop band Perrone and James left in 2006 to make the transition to dance music. That is when Fans of Jimmy Century was born. Perrone and James already had long track records in the music scene, particularly James who started touring when he was 14. The duo picked the self-referencing moniker because they wanted a boy name with echoes of the 1980s English pop band Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
"The dance scene welcomed us with open arms," Perrone said. They promptly won the Independent Music People's Choice Award for best electronic/dance track at the Winter Music Conference 2007 in Miami. DJ Ron Slomowicz, a writer for DanceMusic.About.com, named the duo "Newest Musical Trend to Watch" and listed them as one of the projects he was most excited about in 2008.
They still play live in clubs several times monthly to "keep our hand in," as Perrone put it. A big label is reportedly interested. In the meantime, they are trying to channel the sudden success into activism. "We want to be more political, play for a cause," Perrone said. "Dance music is so conducive to that. Music is our lives. We're just at that point to use it for the global good. To do it any other way would be empty."
PRESS 2008: THE L WORD ONLINE
FROM THE L WORD ONLINE: "Fans of Jimmy Century bandmates Alicia Peron & Victor James helped steam up The L Word this season when their track "Hot Sahara" was used as the sexy soundtrack to Shane's little dance of love in the VIP room with Dawn and Cindi at SheBar. In fact, the scene was so sexy that the FoJC MySpace page was temporarily shutdown due to concerns about the racy content of the now classic "Hot Sahara" scene. Alicia and Victor's music is a logical fit for The L Word since their style is often likened to another memorable L Word artist - Goldfrapp. FoJC are on fire this year as their music has been featured in several TV series, has been heating up the dance charts, and has also won awards. You can be sure to look forward to big things from this duo next year. In the meantime, check out their store for more hot downloads and if you're near L.A. you can catch them this weekend at Derby. Since we personally heard them on The L Word in episode 5.04 their music has been burning up my iPod and now you can have it too. As a special thank you to The L Word fans, the electronica duo Fans of Jimmy Century has provided us with a free download of their track "Delicate Fever." Check out the featured bands page for more info on FoJC and check out the music page to view the clip of the scene their music was heard in."
PRESS 2008: WINTER MUSIC CONFER
Song of the conference 2008:
The days of a song of the conference are behind us. Just as the world of dance music has splintered into a plethora of subgenres, so has the audience. To find one song that united everyone is a fruitless search. Instead, here are songs that I heard numerous times during the week, new and old, which defined the week for me. (This list will grow as I figure out the songs I heard.)
Jamie Lewis - "Be Thankful"
Sydney Blue - "Give It Up for Me"
Anane - "Shake"
Cato K featuring Kelly D - "Feel Better"
Inaya Day - "Say You Will"
Sanchez and the Shockers - "Tonight"
Danny Tenaglia - "The Space Dance"
Josh Wink - "Stay Out All Night"
Eric Prydz - "Pjanoo"
Lady Gaga - "Just Dance"
Louie Vega featuring Julie McKnight - "Diamond Life" (Dirty South Remix)
Pepper Mashay - "Does Your Mama Know (You're a Freak)"
Sander Van Doorn - "Riff"
Joe Claussel - "Spiritual Life"
Alex Gold - "Give It Up"
Dave Dresden - "Hole Wide"
Filo & Peri - "Anthem"
Fans of Jimmy Century - "Hot Sahara"
Chaka Khan - "Disrespectful" (heard different remixes all week)
Joi Cardwell - "People Make the World Go Round"
Bodyrox featuring Luciana - "Planet"
Kristine W - "The Boss"
DJ Rap - "Good to Be Alive" (Remix)
PRESS 2007: DANCEMUSIC.ABOUT.CO
FROM DANCEMUSIC.ABOUT.COM: DJ Ron Slomowicz's 2007 Year End Charts are here featuring his best of the best from 2007...FOJC made the following chart:
"Projects I Can't Wait for in 2008"
Steve Aoki - Pillowface and his Airline Chronicles
Velvet Code - artist album
Supreme Beings of Leisure - artist album
Kristine W - artist album
Fans of Jimmy Century - global domination
Jason Antone - artist album
Sk8 - Amnesty
Second Sun - artist album
The next big thing after tech
Read the full story w/ all charts at: DJ Ron's 2007 Year End Chart Toppers @
and listen to Fans of Jimmy Century played by DJ Ron on WRVU 91.1 Nashville.