Jul 06

The Very Best Of Gary Jules

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Over on our sister site, Poptimists, our exploration of the history of pop via NOW albums has reached late 2003, and the landmark represented by ahead-of-his-time capped balladeer Gary Jules and his cover of “Mad World”. (Younger readers – if indeed there are any – should imagine a more lumbering Jose Gonzales or a pub-singer James Blunt).

What, we asked the readers, would you least like to hear given “The Gary Jules Treatment”? From these answers I can exclusively reveal Hell’s own Gary Jules album. Just imagine this lot…!

Gary Jules – “Mad World” (start with the hit)

Gary Jules – “Happy Talk”

Gary Jules – “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”

Gary Jules – “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”

Gary Jules – “Digital Love”

Gary Jules – “U Sure Do”

Gary Jules – “The Queen Is Dead”

Gary Jules – “Set You Free”

Gary Jules – “Self Control”

and the showstopping finale

Gary Jules – “4 st 7 lb”


  1. 1
    stevem on 10 Jul 2006 #


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    allucard213 on 30 Mar 2010 #

    mad world is my favorite i like it a lot

  3. 3
    allucard213 on 30 Mar 2010 #

    when peopole run in cecles is a very very mad wrold

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    Tom on 9 Nov 2012 #

    How many of these have actually been done by Waitrose etc.

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    punctum on 9 Nov 2012 #

    None that I know of but I would have thought “Sweet Dreams” would be the likeliest contender out of this lot. “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” presumably now ruled out because of Kylie’s own reworking on her Abbey Road Sessions album.

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    Mark G on 9 Nov 2012 #

    There’s a version of “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” by Beth Orton and the Flaming Lips (that’s one recording not 2 separate versions), but of course the rules of Beth mean that it is great.

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    punctum on 9 Nov 2012 #

    My rules of Beth mean that it is zzzzzzzzz.

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    Mark G on 9 Nov 2012 #

    Well, I shall just note that she resembles someone I know v.v.well, but has laid down a ground rule that I’m not allowed to ‘tell tales’ about her online.. and leave it at that.

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    punctum on 12 Nov 2012 #

    ah, I see where you’re going here…

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