The madness makes sense as Billy explains his upbringing, his need to write the blues about every
day life in Bromley, traffic jams, dog hating and better street lighting to list but a few.
Bass player Thad Kelly disputes the need for the bandleader to talk over his bass solos, to which
Billy makes a mental note to, in that case, ban any further bass solos.
Backstage tension mounts as drummer Mike challenges Bills attitude when doing the song "I Hate Dogs"
"How can you be in a band about hating dogs, if you don't hate dogs??" Bill asks.
The human mind is as much entertained by discomforting situations as it is by humorous ones - or at
least this is what programme makers Craig Duncan & Mat Wayne think.
A mixture of music, irony, comedy, interview and documentary. The viewer is left with a clear idea
of what Billy Jenkins is about. Humour is use on stage to communicate the music - just as it is in
the documentary to relay a profile of Billy's private and professional life. Watching the
documentary is an insular thing - there is no group around you to assure you that the performance
you are watching is not real. But, of course it is.
See BJ Webzine work in progress report from Autumn
2001 on the origins of the project.