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Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx

Basement Jaxx: Live review

Review by Kimberley Owen, pix by Michelle Owen
Bingo Bango! The Jaxx got people 'dancing like maniacs' live at Birmingham NIA. Sisters and site contributors Kimberley and Michelle Owen provide the review and pictures.

Basement Jaxx – Birmingham NIA – 05.12.06

Cansei de Ser Sexy
Cansei de Ser Sexy

The NIA is the more commercial sister of the academy where bands get to play when they have skyrocketed commercially. Who would have thought that it would have taken the thousands of people crammed into the venue this long to discover Basement Jaxx?


The support band CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy) were lively but not as powerful in an arena setting in comparison to earlier outings I have witnessed from this very band.

Lovefoxxx was still on top form however, dancing like a crazed child at a school disco. Although a high percentage of the narrow-minded crowd may have been hurling insults in the bands direction it was a storming little set nevertheless.

Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx

With indie ‘NU Rave’ tunes such as ‘Alala’ & cheeky tunes like ‘Meeting Paris Hilton’ this cool sextet hailing from Sao Paulo will unquestionably get the crowds hearts palpitating on their up and coming UK shows, however this audience didn’t appreciate them one bit.

Jump and shout

After a brief interlude of DJ mixes to get the audience hyped up the Jaxx bounded onto the stage to ‘Jump & Shout’. With jumps and high kicks large enough to rival a twelve-year-old gymnast in her prime the Jaxx managed to get even the most self conscious individual dancing like a maniac.

Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx

Breezing through tracks from ‘Crazy Itch Radio’ together with older classics such as ‘Red Alert’, cleverly intertwined with well placed remixes like the Justin Timberlake track ‘Sexy Back’, Basement Jaxx displayed quite clearly why they are seasoned pros.

With video streaming on a plasma screen, practically bigger than a house, accompanying recent release ‘Take Me Back to Your House’ and a plethora of wacky outfit changes, the band definitely know how to mesmerize an audience.

Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx

From families and groups of girls, right through to the evident ‘old school 90s ravers’ it became clear how universally appealing the Basement Jaxx sound really is.

Although new tracks ‘Run for Cover’ stirred a wave of excitement, it was the older more memorable ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ and ‘Good Luck’ that would later leave them trailing in their wake.

Boundless energy

The girls in the band certainly have an affinity with their female fans.

Basement Jaxx fans
Basement Jaxx fans

With outrageous outfits, boundless energy, and talent oozing from every pore - it is women like this that should be heralded for their confident attitude rather than the pointless stick thin celebrities that our small-minded nation disgracefully looks up to.

last updated: 07/12/06
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