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VINCE GORDON

THE JIME

The Jime

The Jime

At the age of 17 Vince Gordon created his own band, The Jime, and ever since he has impressed and inspired rockabillies worldwide with his music and exceptional talent.

Vince Gordon was not only the figurehead of The Jime, he also composed, produced, mastered the vocals and played all the instruments himself such as piano, slampbass, drums and leadguitar on many songs on his records. The Jime was Vince Gordon, and Vince Gordon was The Jime.

The Vince Gordon Trio

Over The Jime´s lifetime of 34 years Vince Gordon had more than 15 different bassists and drummers playing with him in The Jime on and of. But this was not Vince´s plan. Vince puts it like this:

My original idea was to make a “real band” with everyone contributing and participating on a somewhat equal basis but it never turned out that way. For the simple reason that I does almost all the work and play the majority of the instruments (incl.backing) on the records. The Jime might just as well be called The Vince Gordon Trio.

The Jime biography

– as told around the campfire on a dark and windy night by Vince Gordon.

The birth of The Jime…

Vince Gordon (Guitar, Vocals, Piano, Drums, Slapbass etc.) decides to form a rockabilly band in a math class in High School. After 10 minutes consideration he chooses to name the band ‘The Jime’, because almost all other rockabilly bands are called something with ‘Cats’ in the name. Vince Gordon got an uncontrollable urge to play rockabilly after hearing The Stray Cats. He also got an uncontrollable urge to leave High School (!) which he did with the highest possible grade in chemistry/physic

The name “The Jime”

I just made up the name and couldn’t find it in the dictionary so he didn’t think it meant anything. As it later turned out it means “Strangulation” (!) in Judo and “Jazz Improvisation Made Easy”. It’s also a Japanese way of killing a fish with a speer through it’s brain!…makes extra fine Sushi!!!!

Vince Gordon (Guitar, Vocals, Piano, Drums, Slapbass etc.) decides to form a rockabilly band in a math class in High School. After 10 minutes consideration he chooses to name the band ‘The Jime’, because almost all other rockabilly bands are called something with ‘Cats’ in the name. Vince Gordon got an uncontrollable urge to play rockabilly after hearing The Stray Cats. He also got an uncontrollable urge to leave High School (!) which he did with the highest possible grade in chemistry/physic.

The first The Jime gig…

The Jime turn up at their first ever gig in 1984 with a bunch of friends and something of an attitude. The gig is a moderate success though, but The Jime encounters a few problems. Vince loses his voice singing “Twist and shout” in the middle of the first set and has to fill the gap till his voice comes back with a “pointless” number of guitar solos as the unknowing bass player and drummer look stunned, thinking Vince is on some kinda “ego-trip”.

Vince later found out that John Lennon of the Beatles insisted on singing “Twist and shout” as the final song at their concerts because he – lost his voice – singing it..

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