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Gary Jules

Gary Jules
Gary Jules performing live at the Hotel Café on December 9, 2008
Gary Jules performing live at the Hotel Café on December 9, 2008
Background information
Birth name Gary Jules Aguirre, Jr.
Born (1969-03-19) March 19, 1969
Fresno, California, United States
Genres Rock, pop, folk, soft rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin, harmonica, ukulele
Website .com.garyjuleswww

Gary Jules Aguirre, Jr. (born March 19, 1969), known as Gary Jules, is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his cover version of the Tears For Fears song "Mad World", which he recorded with friend Michael Andrews for the film Donnie Darko. It became the UK Christmas Number One single of 2003. Since then, Jules' version has been used on many American TV shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Jericho, The O.C., Smallville and House, as well as in a commercial for the video game Gears of War.


  • Songs 1
  • Career 2
    • Music videos 2.1
    • Television appearances 2.2
    • Television placements 2.3
    • Movie placements 2.4
    • Trailers 2.5
    • Documentaries 2.6
    • Theater 2.7
  • Discography 3
    • Albums 3.1
    • EPs 3.2
    • Singles 3.3
    • Compilations 3.4
    • Collaborations 3.5
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Jules recorded the song "Mad World" for the 2001 film Donnie Darko and released it as a single in December 2003. This timing allowed it to become the Christmas Number One single in the UK for that year. The cover also featured as background music in various television programs such as drama General Hospital, as well as individual episodes of Without a Trace, The O.C., Smallville, Jericho, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. It was used in the trailer for the 2010 film The Crazies and the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps' 2010 Production "Mad World".

Adam Lambert sang a cover of "Mad World" that was heavily influenced by Jules's version at two different points in his American Idol competition, as well as during the American Idols Live! 2009 tour. Following its appearance on the popular television show, Jules' cover of the song rose to #11 on the iTunes Store.

The song "Something Else" was featured on the Season 5 episode "My Fallen Idol" of the NBC show Scrubs.

The song "Gone Daddy" is based upon an experience that led to Jules relocating his family from Southern California to North Carolina. A neighbor was gunned down one night in Los Angeles and while the police were investigating the shooting, Jules approached one of the officers, explained that his child was napping, and asked if the officer knew when they would be finished. The officer said he did not know, but that the family could leave Los Angeles if they didn't like it. Jules took the advice to heart and relocated shortly thereafter.

Jules's song "Wichita" was inspired by a class he took at UCLA regarding Native American history. During the class he read a story about Native Americans following herds of buffalo around the nation to survive. The construction of the transcontinental railroad disrupted this migratory pattern because the buffalo would not cross it, and millions died as a result.

Jules was a surprise guest on a series of Parisian concerts of French singer Mylène Farmer, called Timeless 2013 (September 2013). In all the performances that take place in the Palais omnisport de Bercy, Gary Jules sings his cover of Mad World joined by Mylène Farmer. They follow by the duet song "Les mots" that Mylene Farmer originally released in 2001 with Seal. So far Gary Jules is also part of the tour, as he was also performing during the concerts in Lyon.


Music videos

  • "Mad World" Directed by Michel Gondry (2004)
  • "Broke Window"
  • "Beautiful". Stop animation by Tony Clavelli. (2009)

Television appearances

Appearances on television as himself

Television placements

Movie placements




The playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis refers to Gary Jules in his play The Little Flower of East Orange. This show, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and starring Ellen Burstyn, premiered at the Public Theater in New York on April 6, 2008. The songs "Goodnight Billie" and "Little Greenie" were featured in the production. Specifically, in Act 1, Scene 3, the character Nadine plays "Little Greenie" and says "Okay...One time, I was gonna kill myself, but then I played this Gary Jules song like twenty-seven times."[4] In the acknowledgments section of the Faber & Faber, Inc. published version of the play, Guirgis writes, "SPECIAL THANKS TO GARY JULES FOR THE MUSIC."[5]




  • Live at Lime Presents Gary Jules-2009
  • Daytrotter Session – 2009


Year Single Peak positions

2003 "Mad World"
(Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules
28 13 12 2 30 3 4 10 23 1


  • Ministry of Sound:Chillout Sessions: Summer Collection 2003 (2003)
  • Echo: Acoustic 3 (2003)
  • Now That’s What I Call Music! 56 (2003)
  • KSGR 107.1: Broadcasts Volume 12 (2004)
  • Sanctuary TV: The Essential Acoustic Album (2004)
  • Rolling Stone Deutschland: New Noises, Volume 64 (2004)
    • Track 7 “Pills”
  • Sony Music TV: The All Time Greatest Love Songs (2004)
  • Virgin Records-UK: Now That’s What I Call Music!: Years (2004)
  • BMG TV: The Ultimate Smooth Album (2004)
  • Sony Music TV: Natural Woman: The Autumn Collection (2004)
  • BMG TV: Beautiful: the New Collections Autumn (2004)
  • Warner UK: The Ultimate All Time Classic Tearjerkers (2004)
  • Alice 97.3: This is Alice Music, Volume 8 (2004)
  • MSI Music Distribution: Hits 60 (2004)
  • RCA Records (USA): Nightfly, Volume One (2004)
    • Track 32 “Mad World (Remix)”
  • Messenger Records: Wouldn’t It Be Beautiful? (2005)
    • Track 6 “Patchwork G”
    • Track 8 “Broke Window”
  • Rounder Select: Trampoline Records Greatest Hits, Volume One (2005)
    • Track 4 “DTLA”
  • Starbucks’: Sweetheart: Love Songs (2005)
  • KCRW: Sounds Eclectic: The Covers Project (2007)
  • Circle Back Music: Songs for a Broken Heart (2008)
    • Track 12 "No Poetry"
  • Robin Danar: Altered States (2008)
    • Track 12 “Weirdo” (The Charlatans cover)


  • Michael AndrewsDonnie Darko (2001)
    • Track 17 "Mad World" and Track 18 "Mad World (Alternate Mix)" (featured)
  • Jim BiancoHandsome Devil (2004)
    • Track 6 "Tennessee Wedding" (background vocals)
  • Esquimaux – perfecto! (2005)
    • Track 12 "Honey & Dear" (featured)
  • Jim BiancoSing (2008)
    • Track 2 "Sing" and Track 6 "If Your Mama Knew" (background vocals)
  • Angel TaylorLove Travels (2009)
    • guitar, mandolin, background vocals


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  4. ^ Guirgis, Stephen Adly (2009). The Little Flower of East Orange p.36
  5. ^ Guirgis, Stephen Adly (2009). The Little Flower of East Orange p.106
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