Jolie Fille is a Cajun punk rock band
from Charlottesville, Virginia. Initially modeled after the 70s new wave group
Blondie, they soon learned that no chanteuse was willing to stand in the shadow
of five such fine looking gentlemen (click on each members name to see why).
That experience has triggered a series of overlapping identity crises from which
the band may never recover.
Without a pretty girl at the front, fiddler and former Hackensaw Boy
David Goldstein offered to sing at the band’s first
performance, but the only words to come out were “Jolie Fille, viens et chantes
avec moi.” The band immediately became a commercial and critical sensation.
Although many pretty girls flocked to the band’s gigs for an audition, they
always brought with them their handsome boyfriends, whose primal jealousies
smothered the starry-eyed ambitions of their lovers.
While having so many good-looking people at shows generated big profits for
Jolie Fille, it also aggravated dormant tensions within the five-man troupe.
The rhythm section, consisting of former Landlords Tristan
Puckett and Eddie Jetlag, recoiled at the band’s
fixation on the superficial good looks of its audience. Veteran punk-metal
rockers, they revived the rebellious values of their hardcore days by playing
the same thing on every song. (Click
for more on The Landlords). Unbeknownst to them, the group’s skill players, led
by David Goldstein and accordionist
Matty Metcalfe, were wearing earplugs. And the band
played on. Utility man Paul Freedman has repeatedly
tried to bridge the gap between melody and rhythm by recruiting David (“Shiner”)
Sickman from the Hackensaw Boys to play
guitar with the group for a number of gigs. Alas, by continuing to play both
washboard and harmonica, Paul further alienated his erstwhile supporters in both
the rhythm and skill sections.
At present, the stalemate within the band persists, although the steadily
growing number of physically attractive people at shows suggests that soon they
will find the perfect jolie fille to lead them to the promised land.