John Pugh // I was a meager fanzine writer, still pounding away on a smith-corona typewriter and eating gluesticks, when Taggart and Smith asked me to step to the mic. Matthew Thompson had just returned from Chicago with a bassline he stole from his friends in 8 Bark. Seriously, the whole set was built around this plodding "new-wave Geezer Butler" bassline, which I would read "B-grade political texts" over in an omnious "poetry slam on cough syrup" cadence. Then....MUTINYYYYYYYY!!!! and we would freak the fuck out for 20 minutes. Yes Nation Of Ulysses loomed large, but so did the three C's: Caffeine, Corduroy and Cline (Patsy).
Matthew Thompson // I was playing a little bit of music with my buddies Brian Kozlovsky and Steve Sackett, up in Chicago. I was about to move back to Little Rock and was talking to Steve Schmidt on the phone, telling him I'd like to join a band with him. Andy Conrad was practicing with Steve, Burt Taggart, and John Pugh but when he got wind that I'd like to try my hand, he graciously stepped down and focused his energy on five-0. My brother, Reed, let me use his bass and I started practicing with the band that was to be named Jetjangua We would practice in John's parent's basement, trying not to get our cords in the standing water on the floor. It was cramped quarters down there but we mashed out a few tunes and did a lot of improvisation. We played some shows at the River, Strange Brew, Allsop, Long Arm Records, Rice Street and even opened the all day show at the Governor's Mansion. John was always writing up and passing out manifestos for each show and called the members "Janguists." Jon Teague joined us for awhile, on second guitar and rolling on the ground. I had a ... (More)
Richard Matson // Most of LR was entranced by The Nation of Ulysses in 1993. John Pugh took his cue from them to form Jetjangua (not to be confused with Jagjaguar) with Steve Schmidt on guitar, Burt Taggart on drums, and Matthew Thompson on bass. John as a frontman spent most of his time reading from B-grade political texts. The band often didn't live up to John's aesthetic vision of 50s era cool, but only because it's really hot in Arkansas and wearing a suit on the back lawn of the July Governor's Mansion show just wasn't realistic.
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