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Gaining exposure

WHO: Jazzberry Ram

WHERE: Garfinkel’s

WHEN: Feb. 27

"We get drunk, stick flaming pieces of toilet paper up our bums and run down hotel hallways!"

Not everyone’s ideal television debut, but a hell of an attention getter. Vancouver’s Jazzberry Ram has been receiving tremendous exposure (no pun intended) across North America, and bassist Allan McInnes says their appearance on The Chris Isaak Show is just the start.

"Gosh I can’t even remember the last time we were in Whistler," exclaims McInnes. And it’s really no surprise, as the band performed 156 times in 2000.

"And I think that’s just the 156 we can remember, that we actually have written down somewhere. There were definitely others, like with our alias ‘Spazzberry Glam.’ We did a couple of charity shows, so it’s probably even more than that."

Some of Jazzberry Ram’s regular gigs included Boise, Idaho and Seattle, Washington.

Boise?

"Yeah, go figure. I don’t know what’s up with that. We were driving back one time from Utah – we also have a strange following in Provo, Utah – and we dropped off a CD in a bar, people liked it, they started asking us to come back there and they gave us one weekend a month. And it gets bigger each time we play there."

And how does their high-energy pop ska sound go over in the land of milk an honey?

"They’re all a bunch of Mormon kids in Provo. They don’t drink. They don’t smoke. They don’t swear. But man can they dance! It’s kinda bizarre… They’re a funky little bunch of Mormons."

However, McInnes says those crowds can’t compare to the reception they get across Canada. Their shows in the Maritimes are "nuts", but the band also holds a fondness for Vancouver where they apparently "set the ejection record for The Town Pump, for the most people kicked out and the most number of fights in one night."

Other slightly tamer shows had the quartet opening for a wide variety of bands, including Run DMC, Wide Mouth Mason, Chantal Kreviazuk and D.O.A.

"We’re kinda like the chameleon of bands. We blend into any situation because we do a bit of everything. D.O.A. was a bit different. With that we could rock out a bit harder. And sometimes it’s nice, having all these punk rockers expecting you to be a punk band and you start playing this funky, rap, hip hop… and they were a pretty cool crowd."

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the number of major networks and cable series picking up Jazzberry’s music. Besides that unforgettable cameo on The Chris Isaak Show , their songs have been added to the soundtracks of Time of Your Life starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, ShowTime’s Madison and the cartoon series Ratz, and the drama Higher Ground on Fox. They’ve also been spotted on The Mike Bullard Show and The Jim Byrnes Show .

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