Jack off Jill Biography

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Jessicka is best known for her band Jack Off Jill. Although they may never have topped the charts or headlined Madison Square Garden their contribution to gothic-alt rock as well as the Grrl Band Revolution isn't any less important. Disbanding at the end of 2000, they left their fans with a masterpiece, Clear Hearts Grey Flowers.
Jessicka, born Jessicka Fodera grew up in a small town ironically called 'Sunrise' Florida, though after dropping her surname there was nothing sunny about her. Jessicka met Michelle Inhell, Tenni Ah Cha Cha, and Robin Moulder and the first incarnation of Jack Off Jill was born. Jessicka's band got a their jump start when they began opening for fellow Floridian and long time friend Marilyn Manson and his shock rock outfit dubbed Marilyn Manson And The Spooky Kids. The fierce female foursome quickly became one of the most exciting and controversial underground bands during their heyday and it wasn't much of a surprise.

With gut-wrenching lyrics, angelica to banshee-like delivery, catchy songs, and shocking on stage antics that included stripping young men on stage while the band and crowd taunted the exposed fans as well as covering the audience with spit and real blood and candy-covered razors. Jessicka even spent a night in jail after her and Manson were arrested after a 1994 concert in Jacksonville Florida after being accused by the town's Christian Coalition for breaking the town's adult entertainment codes.

Though she never claimed to be a shock rocker, she was often labeled as one. Jack Off Jill had more in common with riot grrl acts such as Babes In Toyland than they did with Marilyn Manson, who Jack Off Jill would later be constantly compared too. It did not help that Jessicka's long relationship with Twiggy, bass guitarist for the now infamous band, was also in the spotlight. It is said that most of Twiggy's signature grade school ghoulie, dead girl, kinder goth look was taken from her, making critics' comparisons draw even closer.

Jack Off Jill released several independent records: Children 5 And Up, The Boygrinder Sessions, Cannibal Song Book, (produced by JOJ & Manson) Cockroach Waltz, and several 7 inches on Jessicka's own label Rectum Records, all before her 22nd Birthday.

It was not until she played a Benefit show with legendary Minneapolis based grrl band Babes In Toyland and 7 Year Bitch from Seattle, that Jack Off Jill caught the eye of record labels. Drummer Lori Barbero from Babes wanted to sign them to her now defunct Minneapolis label Spanish Fly but it was not to be.

Soon after Jack Off Jill caught the eyes and ears of Risk Records, who signed them in January of '97. They replaced both Ah Cha Cha and Inhell with new members because they were not ready to leave the Sunshine State. The band released their first national 7" "Girl Scout/American Made" in March and on September 9th, their full-length "Sexless Demons and Scars" (produced by Don Fleming- Sonic Youth & Hole) was released to an awaiting mainstream public.

After a moderate underground success and touring with Lords Of Acid and playing to sold-out crowds in 1997, they headed to Los Angeles and completed 98's Covetous Creature a remix EP of songs from Sexless Demons and Scars with the help of SMP (Scott Putesky) founding member of Marilyn Manson and new drummer Claudia. The new manifestation of Jack Off Jill hit the road on a national tour with Psychotica, joined along the way by Switchblade Symphony.

Stronger lyrics and a growing musical maturity were evident in the evolution of the band's new songs. New material was road-tested in March of '99 when they were asked to take the opening slot on the Marilyn Manson/Monster Magnet/Hole tour after Hole departed. The two core members, Jessicka and Robin, enlisted the help of Los Angeles musicians Clinton Walsh and Norm Block for the tour.

In 2000, after another small lineup change to include Hellen Storer of Fluffy fame, JOJ released their second full length CD, Clear Hearts Grey Flowers on Risk Records (Produced by Chris Vrenna, NIN)- right as the label was preparing to close it's doors. Due to pressure, poor publicity for CHGF, several line up changes, tension between founding members Jessicka and Robin, and management problems; Jack Off Jill called it quits in late 2000.

Since Jack Off Jill's demise, Jessicka has done work with Kevin Haskins (a founding member of Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, and Tones on Tail), Clear Hearts Grey Flowers' producer Chris Vrenna, Whit Crane's band Medication, Meegs (Coal Chamber), Samantha Maloney, Mark Ryden, My Ruin, Nadja Peulen (Coal Chamber), Dirty Harry from the UK, Anna K. and Martina Axen From Drain STH, and Roman Dirge - horror comic genius and master magician

After taking a year hiatus from fronting her own band Jessicka formed her new band Scarling. in September 2001.


Thanks to Sara for submitting the biography.

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I bring wonderous news from Octagonapusland!!! | Reviewer: EvilUndeadKitten | 12/22/10

Mygosh, I loooovez this band! I first heard their song 'When I Am Queen' when i wuz looking at an invader zim mixup w/ this song. My 2 fave things evr since then: invader zim+JOJ! BTW, i'm singing 'Strawberry Gashes' at the Talent Show in skool, and im trying 2 get evryone there hooked on JOJ! Lol im soooo devious... Even the peppiest people EVR (that i kno) like JOJ evr since i sang it to em! I sing almost just like Jessicka, it's SCARY! haha! candy razors sound YUMMY!



jack of jill rock | Reviewer: antonia | 2/3/10

jack of jill was a band i neva heard of then the first song i heard rocked my world i love strawberry gashes, devil with the black dress on and fear of dieing is my fav ever tbh i love this band and i wish i new about them a long time ago :'( i missed out but i still love them XXX



Fucking love them | Reviewer: knife.in.my.pocket [Emily] | 2/24/08

I've found one of the love's of my life with this band. I'm fucking obsessed with Jack Off Jill. Yeah, I heard about them throwing blood on the crowd... but a questy.. where did they get all that blood??
Yeah I didn't know them well not too long ago then downloaded a few songs & loved it the first fucking beat!
I wish I would have known about them ALOTTT earlier!



blah | Reviewer: roxie | 9/4/07

JOJ never covered i touch myself. it got messed up and who it was is actually some other band who i will tell you when i remember
they never did this town either. that was human waste project and korn. just in case anyone thought they did



Huh | Reviewer: gRiZeLdA | 8/7/07

Jack Off Jill is one of my favorite bands. But they did not originally make "I Touch Myself"; the Divinyls did, or Blondie. http://www.letssingit.com says both, and Blondie came out way back when. Anyways... it's hard to believe she even resang this song, it doesn't sound like her. I could tell it was her when she resang "Love Song" by The Cure.



Australian JOJ fan. | Reviewer: Guntski | 5/4/07

Two years ago I accidently downloaded 'Devil With A Black Dress.' It was probably the best accident I ever had! Since then my friends and I have got hold of every single piece of Jack Off Jill and Scarling material we can. I have over 15000 songs on my iTunes media player and JOJ fills the 25 most played songs positions! Jessika has one of the most awesome voices I've ever heard. I wish we had bands like this in Australia!



jessica | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/24/07

anyone know if she was the first person to make the song i touch myself ?



JOJ<3 | Reviewer: Chris | 5/10/06

The best band ever!!! i love them soo much. but its sad that they are over. All the songs are amazing, soo is the cds. But now there is Scarling which they are good also.



Lolli lolli lolli lolli lolli lolli lolli @__@ *gets dizzy and falls over* | Reviewer: Ze Fruit bat~~<3 | 1/13/06

Ah. Jack off Jill is probably the greatest alternitive/Goth/industrial band to come out of the '90s. Thats right:

Jack off Jill>>>>Marilyn Manson

Jack off Jill's song are totally catchy and easy to remember, and fun to sing to and blah blah blah good in soup blah blah blah great condom blah blah blah makes smoothies blah blah blah and so on.




Twisted...sad...sick...F***ING AMASING. | Reviewer: RazorCuts | 5/14/05

joj are amazing, they are sick and twisted, which is shown in some of the songs, then theres deep songs and songs that push social bounderys... did you know they threw razors, REAL blood and spit into the audience on stage oncee???? persoanlly i find this funny, cute and twisted, my firend finds it sick... lol... anyway, they sick ass, they have a lvoely little-girl-throwning-tantrom-come-PMT-pissed-off-teen-come-twisted-sick-sadist thing going on, my fav band...

except one song: my cat. i HATE that song. ^-^





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