[ ]   [ ]   [ ]                        [ ]      [ ]   [ ]
Jem — They
Album: It All Starts Here...
Avg rating:
7

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1061









Released: 2003
Length: 3:13
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Who made up all the rules
We follow them like fools
Believe them to be true
Don't care to think them through

And I'm sorry
So sorry
I'm sorry
It's like this
I'm sorry
So sorry
I'm sorry
We do this

And it's ironic too
'Cause what we tend to do
Is act on what they say
And then it is that way

And I'm sorry
So sorry
I'm sorry
It's like this
I'm sorry
So sorry
I'm sorry
We do this

And who are they
And where are they
And how can they possibly know all this

And who are they
And where are they
And how can they possibly know all this

Do you see what I see
Why do we
Live like this
Is it because it's true
That ignorance is bliss

And who are they
And where are they
And how can they know all this
I'm sorry
So sorry
I'm sorry
It's like this

Do you see what I see
Why do we
Live like this
Is it because it's true
That ignorance is bliss

And who are they
And where are they
And how can they know all this
I'm sorry
So sorry
I'm sorry
We do this
Comments (131)add comment
I shall admit, I actually like this lol!
Truly outrageous. Truly, truly outrageous! 
Hmm 2003? Thought this was older (and somehow had a 90s feel to it)
Funny, I am expecting Brenda Lee.

 
jadewahoo wrote:
I keep expecting them to break into
"I'm sorry, Uncle Albert..."

 


OK, (hyuk, hyuk, hyuk) I googled "JEM" to find out a little more about the band, and ... boom! ... playdolls in so much pink it ruined my monitor.

Let's try this again ... 
The poppiest song about surveillance society that I've ever heard. Cute sound, dark lyrics.
 tompoll wrote:

I just watched the vid on YouTube. Sorry—I can't exactly recall the theme—I got a bit hung up on how incredibly cute she is!
 
Quite - cute isn't the word for such a sweet face and voice {#Hearteyes}

The 'spacesuit strip' video is very tasty, and there's also the 'small town retro' video for the same song. Neither uploaded in a decent resolution, sadly :(

According to Wikipedia, she's from South Wales, which explains the Celtic good looks :). There are more pics and vids on the official website, but no music, sadly.

Not very musical, to my ears.
Forgot about this one.
anna ternheim?
A little more airplay please...  I really like this song.

I keep expecting them to break into
"I'm sorry, Uncle Albert..."
I can't handle songs with the canned music track. I want musicians playing my music not programmers.

What a jem {#Dance}



always love hearing Jem!  {#Bounce}
^_^
\__/
Fun song with and interesting sound. :D  
8. 
 KitKat wrote:

Wow, cool.  I knew that it's from the Well-Tempered Clavier, and if I were home I could tell you which prelude or fugue it is!  Actually, Bach did 2-3 variations of this.

I was SO impressed that Jem and/or the songwriter knew WTC well enough to do this little riff on Bach.  But now I see, it's from the Swingle Singers.  Ah well, at least the Swingle Singers were cool, right?  :-)

 

Right you are! It's derived from Bach's Prelude & Fugue No. 12 in F minor, BWV 881.


Sort of annoying, but not that much
Well beyond over it.
 GanjaGood wrote:
Hate it! Sounds just like the rest of that hip hop crap out there!

 
Dick? {#Whistle}
Pop-a licious
Pop-A-Rifffic —- {#Drummer}

{#Dancingbanana} POP-TASTICAL! {#Sunny}



I just had to add this song to my iPod. Thanks RP!
 kellis wrote:
This was the first Jem song I heard and I must say the album did not disappoint; LOVE her voice.
However, can anyone tell me just what exactly is up with the video to this song?! I know songs and videos aren't always meant to go hand in hand but this one was particularly random...{#Ask}
 
To show she has a hot bod, would be my guess.

 Marr wrote:
Dude, this is not hip hop.
 
It's flipperty flop.. get wit it!Bananajumprope
 kellis wrote:
This was the first Jem song I heard and I must say the album did not disappoint; LOVE her voice.
However, can anyone tell me just what exactly is up with the video to this song?! I know songs and videos aren't always meant to go hand in hand but this one was particularly random...{#Ask}
 
I just watched the vid on YouTube. Sorry—I can't exactly recall the theme—I got a bit hung up on how incredibly cute she is!
 Zeito wrote:
Jem

Truly outrageous. Truly truly truly outrageous.
 
Drat.  Beaten to the punch by a whole year!
This was the first Jem song I heard and I must say the album did not disappoint; LOVE her voice.
However, can anyone tell me just what exactly is up with the video to this song?! I know songs and videos aren't always meant to go hand in hand but this one was particularly random...{#Ask}
 Kokoloco53 wrote:
For all you young kids out there, this song is a play on an old JS Bach tune that was recorded by the Swingle Singers in 1968 or so. The original album is now available in its origninal form online. The Swingle Singers, awesome.
 
Wow, cool.  I knew that it's from the Well-Tempered Clavier, and if I were home I could tell you which prelude or fugue it is!  Actually, Bach did 2-3 variations of this.

I was SO impressed that Jem and/or the songwriter knew WTC well enough to do this little riff on Bach.  But now I see, it's from the Swingle Singers.  Ah well, at least the Swingle Singers were cool, right?  :-)


The new Jem album, Down to Earth, will be released on September 16.
reminds me of edward scissor hands.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Hits me like little kids singing the same simple song over and over and over....
peyotecoyote wrote:
BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!
Um... was that a hairball?
Finally Woken is constantly in my CD player. Awesome album. Good stuff Bill!!
Marr wrote:
Dude, this is not hip hop.
BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!
GanjaGood wrote:
Hate it! Sounds just like the rest of that hip hop crap out there!
"Back in my day, we didn't make music like this. We sang into talking cans & made banjos out of sticks and cat guts...and we liked it!" j/k...this isn't hip hop, though. :no:
Britney, is that you?
If you can't find the EP, "They" is also on her first, and so far only, album, Finally Woken, which used to be the source of this particular track and how I learned about it here on RP a few years ago.
GanjaGood wrote:
Hate it! Sounds just like the rest of that hip hop crap out there!
How old are you, sixty?
GanjaGood wrote:
Hate it! Sounds just like the rest of that hip hop crap out there!
Dude, this is not hip hop.
Hate it! Sounds just like the rest of that hip hop crap out there!
like it!
I was going to make a crack about Gabriel Rios making an upbeat new song when I realised that this is actually quite good.
Kokoloco53 wrote:
For all you young kids out there, this song is a play on an old JS Bach tune that was recorded by the Swingle Singers in 1968 or so. The original album is now available in its origninal form online. The Swingle Singers, awesome.
Groovy song. Definitely going to check out the Seingle Singers tip!
ThePoose wrote:
I keep hearing Brenda Lee, dammit! ''I'm sorry, so sorry...''
For some reason I hear a poor attempt at making a Christmas song.
Jem Truly outrageous. Truly truly truly outrageous.
I never get tired of this.
:hungry:
For all you young kids out there, this song is a play on an old JS Bach tune that was recorded by the Swingle Singers in 1968 or so. The original album is now available in its origninal form online. The Swingle Singers, awesome.
The only reason this one is averaging a 7.1 rating right now is because it sounds great compared to that Oi Va Voi - Yuri mess that we just endured.
mcjemmy!
ThePoose wrote:
I keep hearing Brenda Lee, dammit! ''I'm sorry, so sorry...''
wow, a statement from ThePoose that I can agree with...
Curley24 wrote:
What would we do with RP? We'd be suffering with the garbage that is US radio these days. Awesome song here and thanks for bring us such great music!
The radio does suck, but this song got plenty of air play where I live. I liked it then, I like it now. :-)
brilliant. one of the best NEW voices out there. excellent production level here. she was surprisingly good LIVE... check out "Just A Ride" as well... great stuff.
What would we do with RP? We'd be suffering with the garbage that is US radio these days. Awesome song here and thanks for bring us such great music!
Sorry. But for what?
Is this the clip were she strips in space?
Kids singing in songs gives me the super-creeps, but I know what I kinda like and I kinda like this. :tongue:
Still grooving on this. Recruited two more to RadioParadise tonight due to this song alone!
Brian_S wrote:
And two years later, I feel the same sentiment after my party lost the house and senate. Your turn to smile.
Not lost so much as had it taken away for abuse.
I could swear I've rated this song before... is there any kind of maximum number of ratings limit?
I cannot even explain why this song pushes all the right buttons for me.
The weird children's voices always gives me shivers.
exciter76 wrote:
lovely voice and...... men..... she's sooooo hot!!!
Brian_S wrote:
my party lost the house and senate
About time.
rpm wrote:
This song fits my mood after the elction. "I am so sorry it's like this." :cry:
And two years later, I feel the same sentiment after my party lost the house and senate. Your turn to smile.
lovely voice and...... men..... she's sooooo hot!!!
Someone suggested I'd like this band. I hated this band up until this song. Good for them.
I like this song a whole lot. I actually didn't know of Jem until radio paradise either. When I first saw the name I thought of that silly cartoon but it's nice to see this Jem doesn't have a glittery star on her face, hehehee I have listened to this song over and over and still enjoy it, another guy I know put a bunch of ABC's 'Lost' television show images to the song and made a short video, it was actually pretty good. odd how well the song fit the show...
Joyfulchristine wrote:
How glad I am that others watched and remember! :) Jem was a guilty pleasure for me, even as a child.
I loved that show!
I was merging onto the freeway in Denver when this song came on the radio. I was so entranced by the beginning that I botched the merge and had a fender-bender, the first accident in my 30-plus years of driving. Mixed feelings on this song, obviously.
I keep hearing Brenda Lee, dammit! ''I'm sorry, so sorry...''
KSTrillian wrote:
I keep finding out that a couple songs that just tend to entrance me are from Jem. The harmonies are just so pretty and I'm a sucker for that. Guess I'll have to get the full album. Anyone here listened to it all?
I have it. I was disappointed. The five songs that were on her EP ("It All Starts Here") were the best of the bunch. In retrospect, the EP is all I should have bought. This song, however, is my absolute favorite of her stuff. I give it a 9. -David
Gonna have to bump it from 7 to 8; one of those songs that grow on you. sigghhhhh.... (bill relaxes)
I keep finding out that a couple songs that just tend to entrance me are from Jem. The harmonies are just so pretty and I'm a sucker for that. Guess I'll have to get the full album. Anyone here listened to it all?
More Triangle!!!
Whoa, circa 1960s Swingle Singers! This rules!
This song makes me shiver, I love it. Has something so special, tragic, but strong and energetic.
The childrens' voices are disconcerting, but I think it drives the point home. This song seems to lurch between verses, weaving left and right in a drunken stupor of little vignettes. QUITE infectious.
the little kid noises are disturbing
Posting song lyrics here is very very annoying.
I'm sorry too.
Bubble gum. Good if you're 13.
They Who made up all the rules We follow them like fools Believe them to be true Don't care to think them through And I'm sorry so sorry I'm sorry it's like this I'm sorry so sorry I'm sorry we do this And it's ironic too Coz what we tend to do Is act on what they say And then it is that way And I'm sorry so sorry I'm sorry it's like this I'm sorry so sorry I'm sorry we do this Who are they And where are they And how can they possibly know all this Who are they And where are they And how can they possibly know all this Do you see what I see Why do we live like this Is it because it's true that ignorance is bliss Who are they And where are they And how do they know all this And I'm sorry so sorry I'm sorry it's like this Do you see what I see Why do we live like this Is it because it's true that ignorance is bliss And who are they And where are they And how can they know all this And I'm sorry so sorry I'm sorry we do this By Gerard Young; Jem Griffiths
Every time I hear this song, I like it less and less. Off to the LRC for a few... <-(
(click here)
I think this was used a the backing track for a "Crossing Jordan" episode...
Notes must have been really expensive when this song was written. I can't get past four, but then it seems as if I get hypnotized, lose count and have to start over. One... two... three... four. Yep, I just keep getting four notes here...
valerama wrote:
Showtime Synergy!!!
How glad I am that others watched and remember! :) Jem was a guilty pleasure for me, even as a child.
rpm wrote:
This song fits my mood after the elction. "I am so sorry it's like this." :cry: good song..
ain't that the freakin' truth!!!! 8O :eyes: :verysorry: :verysorry: :cry: believe me, speaking for myself and half of the rest of us, we feel your pain.
I bought this album whilst I was in the US after hearing her on RP, as it's not available in the UK. It's a great album which I listen to often on my iPod. Carry on the good work Bill and bring us more great "unknowns". :D
Angloray wrote:
does anyone know what it is? Is it a sample from something or did they record it for this song?
it's definitely a sample; the choral bits are the swingle singers, and the little kids are just some random track she and Dre had in the studio and thought would be cool. Jem herself admitted in an interview that she had no idea what the little kids are saying, but that it always sounded to her like Go, go, Jackie Chan, chan ch-chan chan chan, go Jackie...
This song fits my mood after the elction. "I am so sorry it's like this." :cry: good song..
Any track on this album would be great on RP.
She's quite talented - and those kids are reaalllly good. I like the whole album, basically :clap:
gntlemanartist wrote:
The real stars of this track are the backup children samples. Much more interesting than the main singer.
does anyone know what it is? Is it a sample from something or did they record it for this song?
beelzebubba wrote:
I wonder if her boobs are as big as Jewel's......
Just wondering? I wouldn't know but from what I'v heard so far, this doesn't seem to be a bad CD.
The real stars of this track are the backup children samples. Much more interesting than the main singer.
The backtrack sounds like something I heard in a Woolworth's store when I was kid. I wonder if her boobs are as big as Jewel's......
Showtime Synergy!!!
Tux wrote:
I realy like this tune, but I'm affraid it is a tune you will be going to dislike if you hear it too often. RP plays it quite often, and I didn't know anything about Jem before I started listening to RP, and it has already reached a point where the intro makes me say: Hmm Jem with Them again. Dangerous.
definitely past the boiling point now for me
blythemeteor wrote:
Loving this!!! :bounce: :jump: :bounce: :jump:
Mee tooo! Can't get enough of this girl! A fresh sparkling voice and talent. My 13-year-old students really like this album, despite it's complete lack of dark brooding pessimism. :bounce: :jump: :bounce: :jump: :bounce: :jump: :bounce: :jump: :jump: :jump: :bounce: :jump: :bounce: :bounce: :jump:
I realy like this tune, but I'm affraid it is a tune you will be going to dislike if you hear it too often. RP plays it quite often, and I didn't know anything about Jem before I started listening to RP, and it has already reached a point where the intro makes me say: Hmm Jem with Them again. Dangerous.
This song sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack for the game "Myst III". If anyone (other than me) has the soundtrack, listen to the opening track... sound familiar? It's not a total rip-off, but she must have played a lot of Myst III before writing this song... ;-) total geek. I know. adam a
artmarcia wrote:
This song is Track 2 on the Paste Magazine sampler CD for the April/May issue. Thanks RP for turning me on to Paste.
I second that. Amazing sampling.
Made the mistake of buying this disc based on this tune. Others here are right - it is basically bubblegum. Disappointing, as she has a really itneresting voice - but her songwriting skills are just godawful. One tune off this disc actually boasts the lyric "today is the first day of the rest of your life...." which really marks Jem as an original thinker. Most of the tunes are also badly arranged with highly electronic, boring synth patches. I feel like Jem really needs to do a lot of growing up as a songwriter. Great potential as a singer, though. Her voice is like no one else I've recently heard.
artmarcia wrote:
This song is Track 2 on the Paste Magazine sampler CD for the April/May issue. Thanks RP for turning me on to Paste.
Yes, thanks! I bought this CD and love every song on it!
Sounds like she got her hands on a Beta copy of Garageband. Just in case my comment might be ambiguous... I say 'Ni!' to this and call it a silly thing.
Loving this!!! :bounce: :jump: :bounce: :jump:
For some reason, it makes me think of Harry Potter.
Top 40 teeny bopperesque. Disappointing.
I'm sorry.
Okay... there's a commercial being played here, I think it's for a furniture store, that has the base of this music playing. Everytime the commercial comes on, I think that I'm about to hear this song (which I like) and then realize it's just the commercial. Anyone else notice this?
Maybe she should adopt the moniker of...Jerrica?
cataloger wrote:
Yeah Jem was cool with her light up earrings and all, but the Misfits rocked! I wanted to join their all girl rock-band but I wasn't cool enough at the time.
Truly truly truly outrageous... Where does this chick get off using the name Jem anyway? Unless she has pink hair and flashing earrings, that ain't cool (even if it is her real name).
artmarcia wrote:
This song is Track 2 on the Paste Magazine sampler CD for the April/May issue. Thanks RP for turning me on to Paste.
I find myself repeating track 2 several times when I listen to the Paste Sampler you mention. This is a really great tune.
This song is Track 2 on the Paste Magazine sampler CD for the April/May issue. Thanks RP for turning me on to Paste.
what a great little song! i can't help but sing with it whenever i hear it. ^_^ - i like the way it seems like two styles are mixing, here.