The Tiger Lillies are a cult British musical trio formed in 1989 by singer-songwriter Martyn Jacques. Often described as the forefathers of Brechtian Punk Cabaret the Tiger Lillies are well known for their unique sound and style which merges the macabre magic of pre-war Berlin with the savage edge of punk.
Band formation and members:
The Tiger Lillies current members are:
Martyn Jacques - vocals, accordion, piano, guitar, harmonica, ukulele and banjolele,
Jonas Golland - drums, percussion and backing vocals,
Adrian Stout - double bass, backing vocals, jaw harp, musical saw and theremin,
The band formed in 1989 when Martyn Jacques placed an ad on Loot looking for a drummer and a bass player for a new band. Adrian Huge and Phil Butcher (the band's first bassist who was succeeded by Adrian Stout in 1995) were the only musicians that got in touch with him and therefore became the original Tiger Lillies' drummer and bassist respectively.
In Spring 2012 Adrian Huge decided to take a leave of absence and was replaced by drummer Mike Pickering who has been touring with the Tiger Lillies for the rest of 2012. In early 2015 Pickering was in turn replaced by band's current drummer, Jonas Golland.
The band's name is rumoured to have been inspired by a murdered Soho prostitute called Lillie who used to dress up in animal print. Jacques, however, has stated that he named the band after a painting he had on his wall.
The Independent has described The Tiger Lillies as "a provocative and avant- garde three-piece band that combines cabaret, vaudeville, music-hall and street theatre", while Tim Arthur of Time Out has given a more imaginative description: "Imagine Kurt Weill conjuring up images of prewar Berlin while a falsetto vocalist screams, squeaks and squawks his way through every number like some rambling madman, and you've got the picture". Notorious for singing controversial songs involving bestiality, prostitution, blasphemy and all other vice imaginable, The Tiger Lillies are undoubtedly not for the easily offended,. Their musical style is mainly influenced by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's masterpiece The Threepenny Opera and pre-war Berlin cabaret but other influences such as gypsy and circus music, French chanson and British music hall tunes are also evident,.
Awards and nominations:
In 2002 their cult hit musical Shockheaded Peter was nominated for five Olivier Awards. The show won the Olivier for Best Entertainment and Martyn Jacques won the Olivier for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical or Entertainment.,
In 2003 their album The Gorey End (in collaboration with the Kronos Quartet and writer, illustrator Edward Gorey) was nominated for Dominique de Rivaz's Luftbusiness (2008) a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album.,
In 2012 their show The Tiger Lillies Perform Hamlet, produced by Copenhagen's Republique Theatre and directed by acclaimed Danish director Martin Tulinius, was nominated for a Reumert Award in the category Music Theatre/Show of the Year 2012.,
The Tiger Lillies have appeared in numerous shows, the following are listed according to their premiere date:
1998: Shockheaded Peter,
1998: The Tiger Lillies Circus,
2004: Punch & Judy,
2005: The Little MatchGirl,
2006: Die Weberischen,
2006: The Mountains of Madness with Alexander Hacke,
2008: 7 Deadly Sins,
2008: Sinderella with Justin Bond,
2009: The Tiger Lillies' Freakshow,
2010: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency,
2010: Cockatoo Prison,
2010: Here I Am Human,
2011: Tom Waits' Rain Dogs Revisited,
2011: Woyzeck & The Tiger Lillies,
2012: Rime of the Ancient Mariner,
2012: The Tiger Lillies Perform Hamlet - nominated for a Reumert Performing Arts Award,
2013: Either/Or Cabaret,
2013: Lulu - A Murder Ballad - With Opera North,
2015: Die Geschichte vom Franz Biberkopf - Schauspiel Frankfurt,
Jake Scott's Plunkett & Macleane (1999),
Sergey Bodrov's The Quickie (2001) - a music band in celebrations.,
Sergei Bodrov's Drunken Sailor (2007) - a documentary on The Tiger Lillies by the director of Oscar-nominated epic Mongol,
Penny Woolcock's The Margate Exodus (2007) - a contemporary re-telling of the Book of Exodus. Martyn Jacques appears in the film as Shebeen Singer performing "Hailstones".,
Dominique de Rivaz's Luftbusiness (2008),
Valdís Óskarsdóttir's Country Wedding (2008),
Troma's Return To Nuke 'Em High (2013),
Andrey Proshkin's Orlean (Russian name Орлеан )(2015) - soundtrack.