If the intro riff to Jyoti Mishra’s “Bunny Boiler” is anything significant to go by, you can expect sunny California hardbodies in flourescent tho-tho-tho-thong-thongs (Sisqo is really Porky Pig with a nifty silver hairdo and a flashy disguise) to come popping out of a Newport Lights-painted poolhouse. For a more
surfer-friendly, suspiciously Friends theme song-on-speed-like track there has never been. Well, not recently anyway.

Still, that Friends-esque comparison doesn’t entirely hold weight in that all the soft and fluffy aspirations of the theme song are regarded rather viciously here with the lyrical equivalent of…oh, say, an industrial-strength blowtorch. First off, you won’t find Ross giving Rachel a teddy (neither the lacy, silk nor the stuffed kind); the title of the superficially-cheery track gives that much away, I figure. Although White Town could also just have a hidden fetish for torturing Hugh Hefner’s playmates. While that’s another story for the rumor-hungry Spin.com news mill, I can tell you that the “Your Woman” man of yore has more than a little bit of a poison pen to share with the lot of those who will listen.

Packed into a hardcore-worthy one minute, “Bunny Boiler” is, at the least, a millennial take on “Hold on to Your Friends,” written by the star of the Mope Show, Morrissey. And the fact that Mishra and White Town, along with various others, are the ones bringing the act of wearing your wit and emotion on your nappy, musician sleeve in the computer age is especially appropriate considering that one of the places Mishra seems particularly omnipresent is the internet; his opinions can be found on a number of music-related newsgroups and on his self-maintained webpages (http://www.bzangy.com). And opinionated he is, if the bunny being boiled in this track from White Town’s latest is a clue. Boy, would I hate to be in that pot of wabbit stew…but listening to the frothy, surprisingly straight rock-ridden composition is enjoyable for even the subconsciously sadistic and/or masochistic.

June 27, 2004. posted by Keyvan. Reviews.


Three years ago White Town (aka Jyoti Mishra) had an international No. 1 with “Your Woman”. He took the profits from the ensuing hit album Women In Technology, invested in his own studio, and has released this follow-up on his own label. The result is uplifting and wilfully low key, a refreshingly personal look at life, love and pop culture.
Mishra writes with indie sensitivity, but with attention to rhythm–as in the laid-back early Depeche Mode-style electronica of “Duplicate”, or the ska-based “Another Lover”. Listen to the church organ and quirky philosophy of “Every Second Counts”, or the final track “Excerpts From An Essay”, which sounds like Kraftwerk set to a hip-hop beat. They all add up to Peek & Poke being a sparkling second album.

June 27, 2004. posted by Keyvan. Reviews.

The Guardian (Friday May 19, 2000)

“I’ll bet you never thought someone who looks like me could be so choosy,” sings White Town’s disarmingly honest Jyoti Mishra on his second album since the single You Could Never Be My Woman made him briefly famous in 1997. It’s a shame that he’s since reverted to bedroom-studio anonymity, because his spiteful vignettes – you name it, he slates it – add welcome colour to the landscape.

He vents his spleen on the lo-fi Why I Hate Drugs (“I don’t mind you stealing money from my house, but I will not take the lies and disrespect”) and broods over soporific breakbeats on She Left for Paris. It’s characterful stuff….

June 27, 2004. posted by Keyvan. Reviews.


White Town Resurface With ‘Peek’

White Town, which stormed the international pop scene in 1997 as a quintessential one-hit wonder act with “Your Woman,” is back. The nom de disque of Indian-born, English-based writer-performer Jyoti Mishra, White Town will release “Peek & Poke” in the U.K. on May 22 via Mishra’s Bzangy Groink label, distributed by Recognition/Universal.

It’s Mishra’s first album since “Women In Technology,” the Chrysalis release that housed the global hit. The label is named after the recording studio he owns in the city of Norwich in Norfolk, in England’s east country, where the artist is now based.

The 12-track “Peek & Poke,” White Town’s third, was again written, engineered, and produced almost entirely by Mishra, with additional vocals on “Another Lover” and “In My Head” by Sophie Clarke; the latter track also features acoustic guitar by Bruce Hunnisett.

“Your Woman,” recorded in a portable studio, soared to No. 1 in the U.K. in January 1997 and went on to reach No. 1 in seven other countries. In the U.S., it peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song spent 23 weeks on Music & Media’s Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally

June 27, 2004. posted by Keyvan. Reviews.

TIPSHEET (Issue #351)

Record of the Week
Another Lover by White Town (Bzangy Groink)

Yes, it’s a new track from Your Woman man Jyoti, whose worldwide success The Tip Sheet proudly played a part in by championing him when unsigned, back in 1996.
Actually this isn’t that new a track – it was one of those rejected by EMI when they dropped him after just one album with the label. Fools. Pop doesn’t often get this good, and Jyoti is now happily putting this and an accompanying LP out on his own bizarrely-named label in the UK (marketed and distributed by Voiceprint, home to other awkward mavericks such as Mark E Smith and Rachel Stamp), and through little indie Parasol in the States.
He feels, not without reason, that he needs another major label deal like he needs a hole in the head, but that shouldn’t rule out lots of media support for his potential second worldwide smash.

June 27, 2004. posted by Keyvan. Reviews.


… Lo-fi electronics with deeply human pop sensibilities. The brainchild of Indian-born, Derby-based, bedroom-studio, obsessive Jyoti Mishra; these four-track creations are polished and assured enough to have earned themselves extensive Radio 1 play already. Very weird, very promising.

June 27, 2004. posted by Keyvan. Reviews.

The Economist

Jyoti Mishra and his first single, “Your Woman”, from a record called “Abort, Retry, Fail?”, went straight into the British music charts at number one (only the fourth debut single ever to do so).

Mr Mishra’s story is one of persistence. Even the government can take a smidgen of the credit for his success. Unlike the well-established artists he deposed, he earned his chart hit the hard way after toiling for years in obscurity. Performing under the name of White Town, he launched his hit song without the help of a big record label. “Abort, Retry, Fail?”, named after the error message given by computers, was recorded in his home on second-hand equipment.Chrysalis, his current record company, signed him only after a British radio station had begun playing “Your Woman”.
Now 30, Mr Mishra has barelyworked since leaving school in 1982. A brief stint on the government’s Enterprise Allowance Scheme, a programme to help the unemployed which has since been phased out, helped him to set up his own record label, Satya Records, and to keep recording.
A music addict with an encyclopedic knowledge of musical trends since the 1920s, Mr Mishra does not plan to succumb to the glitter of the pop industry. He is already boycotting BBC TV’s “Top of the Pops”
because, among other things, its minions were unpleasant to a friend of his. “If success means that I have to turn into an insensitive megalomaniac, then I’d rather never be in the charts at all.” Geek idealism.

June 27, 2004. posted by Keyvan. Reviews.


Derby, England’s master of the 8-track, Jyoti Misra, is back… armed with 20 amazing new songs. The White Town trademark of brilliantly written, yet simple, unassuming, jangly British-pop is intact. Jyoti writes great songs, not unlike much of the stuff associated with some of his pals on the Sarah Records label out of England.

Parasol has already released three White Town singles… we’re big, big fans. One of the tracks from a Parasol single, Hair like Alain Delon, appears on the classic Spin-Art Records compilation One Last Kiss. Additional White Town singles have been released by Lovely in the U.K. and Elefant in Spain.

Jyoti uses White Town not only as a musical vehicle, but as a means to express and/or discover himself. This is evidenced in the CD’s 14 page booklet where Jyoti takes time to wax philosophic about sex and the other two s’s and to share his lifelong experiences. A surprisingly frank, sometimes odd, read in it’s own right, it gives the listener great insight into the psyche of the man that is White Town… a man who gives and gets the most out of his music

June 27, 2004. posted by Keyvan. Reviews.

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