A BRIEF HISTORY

The trash art ensemble Fuzzy Love began to develop their celebration of the trivial aspects of popular culture years before they even had a name for the band. At the former Berlin underground club Schmalzwald (a play on the German word Schwarzwald or "Black Forest" and, indeed, a forest of kitsch designed by Canadian artist Laura Kikauka) the trio presented live 'irritainment' usually consisted of karaoke vocal accompaniments to Gordon Monahan playing his Hammond-style organ. When master chef and ersatz hypnotist Gordon W. began to regularly beat the bongos and tickle the theremin, he, Monahan (known affectionately as El Gordo), and singer JJ Jones realized they had unwittingly created a band.

Fuzzy Love uses the medium of music to explore the tension between the ritualistic repetitions of the pop culture industry, with its inherent icon-worshipping, and the immediacy of an over-the-top live performance. The result might be termed 'De-contructionist Anti-Pop'. With organ, percussion and vocals (evenly spiced by the electronic mezzo-soprano of the theremin), the trio has minimized its arrangements while maximizing visual elements in an orgy of strange lighting fixtures, polynesian figureheads and retro costumes. The playful intellectual complexity of the band's message gives a refreshing impetus to the audience, which generally dances late into the night overcome by a frenzy of nostalgia and passion, a phenomenon the band refers to as "lampshade-ism".

 

FUZZY LOVE has performed at many fabulous and exclusive venues, including:

FILM
Sat 1 TV film "Who's Telling the Truth?" (Wer sagt schon die Wahrheit)

MUSEUMS /, ART FESTIVALS
Venice Biennale (Italy), Torino Biennale (Italy), Festival of Vision (Hong Kong), Exit Festival (Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Kunstwerkstatt Hellerau (Germany), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (Germany), Kunstschiff MS Stubnitz (Rostock, Germany), Podewil Sommerfest (Berlin), Sprengel Museum (Hannover), Museum fuer Angewandte Kunst (Vienna), Art Gallery of Ontario 100th Anniversary celebration (Toronto), Lola Magazine Launch (Toronto), Plug-In Gallery (Winnepeg) Art Gallery of Calgary

CLUB GIGS (exclusive selection)
BERLIN: Schmalzwald, Lisa Lounge, Roter Salon, 103 Club, Trompete, Private birthday party for Lenny Kravitz; MUNICH: Atomic Cafe; ITALY: La Pergola Club (Milano), LINK club (Bologna), Zanzibar (Venice).

PRESS and REVIEWS

BIOS/BACKGROUND
--JJ Jones' personal site

--Gordon Monahan's site

TECHNICAL RIDER

PHOTO GALLERY
(with 300 dpi press photo downloads)

HEAR/BUY MUSIC

REQUEST LIST
(Potential Playlist)

SCHMALZWALD

LINKS