Jaded Babies

Jaded Babies

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRockComedy

The energy of punk meets the compositional and musical chops of progressive rock, and the concepts and staging of comedic theater in Jaded Babies, the band that everyone needs whether they know it or not. There are costumes and skits and maybe a few bad words, but at the core of the band are professional musicians singing about things that make them laugh.

Biography

The energy of punk meets the compositional and musical chops of progressive rock, and the concepts and staging of comedic theater in Jaded Babies, the band that everyone needs whether they know it or not. The music is nuanced and complex yet catchy, and the sometimes silly, sometimes raunchy lyrics get you tapping your toes to their poop jokes while they build a middle-aged wonderland.

The focus of the show is on the music, but the performance is a theatrical roller coaster ride through the unique minds of the band members. Skits between songs convey a show’s theme, which can be anything from New York to the Muppets, and call back to pop culture. Band members may give birth to dollar store dolls, channel Maury Povich, or break out into cheerleader routines at any moment. 

While the band does perform a few covers by their influences, artists like The Tubes, Porcupine Tree and Frank Zappa, the focus of a Jaded Babies show is on their own original intricate, yet accessible mixture of rock, comedy, pop, progressive and surrealism. A subtle tribute to Rush has lyrics about the passive-aggressive post-it note battles that take place in a condo complex, while a pop song about the joys of returning home to one’s own bathroom changes key ten times. Jaded Babies is the playpen where Steely Dan and Butthole Surfers dance to Yes. 

And it’s not just music. The band wears costumes, gives away prizes you may or may not want, and generally makes a bizarre carnival of it all. Expect the unexpected, and for no two shows to ever be the same. “It’s like visiting Chuck E. Cheese while tripping,” says Zeigler with an earnest grimace. It’s ultimately all about whatever makes them laugh, and they’ll bring you along for an amazing ride.

Set List

Our typical set list is eight originals, one cover by Zappa, They Might Be Giants, etc., and one campy cover (We Built This City, It's Raining Men, etc.) along with a skit or two. We also occasionally write and perform special shows based on Holidays, Current Events, Movies, etc.