Best Concert I Didn’t Expect To Like: Jesus Jones

Jesus Jones concert ticket Seattle

I was briefly a fan of Jesus Jones right around the time their song Right Here, Right Now was being severely overplayed on nearly every radio station and MTV. That was around 1990 – pre-grunge and at the tail end of my “Madchester” phase. For some reason, Jesus Jones seemed rather lumped in with that crowd: Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, etc. etc. even though they weren’t from Manchester at all.

A couple of years passed and Jesus Jones released Perverse, their 3rd album (I think). Touted at the time as the first full digitally-recorded album, I really didn’t care for it, and as such my interest in the band waned significantly. It probably didn’t help that Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and 1,000 other local bands were kind of a big deal right around then and “digital music” would have to wait several years to have its day in the sun again.

Anyway, at some point in 1993 my girlfriend at the time won a pair of tickets to see Jesus Jones at The Paramount in Seattle. A local radio station was giving them away, I suspect because no one cared and no one was buying them. As I recall, I whined a lot about going, expecting to be bored out of my mind. By the time it was over some 90 minutes later, and for decades afterward, I would sing the praises of Jesus Jones as one of the absolute best live bands I’ve ever seen. While the Paramount holds around 3,000 people, there were maybe 800 to 1,000 in attendance, but if I were to guess, every last one of us left the building 100% impressed (and probably 100% surprised).

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