Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule


1/16/1961, Denver, Colorado USA

Birth Name

Jill Susan Sobule


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Jill Sobule was born January 16, 1961 in Denver, Colorado. While at the University of Colorado, she studied in international affairs. Jill dropped out of college to focus on a music career. She struggled for nearly a decade when MCA records finally gave her a contract. Her debut…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jill's songs make up the majority of the soundtrack for the film Mind the Gap.

    • Jill will sometimes host a radio show as a substitute for Rita Houston. The show is called The Whole Wide World on New York's WFUV. Jill has hosted this show under the name Honey Wagon.

    • When she was in the junior high school band, Jill didn't know how to read music and played everything by ear.

    • Jill joined forces with Kay Hanley and Michelle Lewis to form a band called "The Broadband." They recorded a song called "God Save the Internet," a song for net neutrality.

    • Jill has done background vocals on Jim Boggia's two albums ("Fidelity is the Enemy" and "Safe in Sound"). She sang on "Nothing Wrong with Me" on "Fidelity..." and "Made Me So Happy" on "Safe in Sound."

    • People Jill has performed with include Billy Bragg, Cyndi Lauper, Jim Boggia and the late Warren Zevon.

    • Jill once worked at the shoe department at Barney's (and her boss there was depicted in the 1995 song "Karen By Night"), where she sold shoes to Cher and Barbara Streisand.

    • Some of Jill's song "Mexican Wrestler" is sung by actress Emma Roberts in the episode "The 66th Day" of the Nickelodeon show "Unfabulous."

    • Jill's "I Kissed A Girl" was banned on some southern radio stations when it was first released.

    • If Jill writes about people she's interacted with, she will never change their name.

    • Jill's 1995 self-titled album was originally released without the track "Supermodel" on it. After the movie "Clueless" released, it was added as the tenth track to the album and reissued. The only places to find the "Supermodel"-less album, if you are lucky, are used music stores and, possibly, eBay.

    • Jill's biggest hit as of 2006 is 1995's "I Kissed A Girl." The video for this song features Fabio as Jill's "boyfriend."

    • Currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

    • Jill traveled to NYC in 1987, and she would stay in New York until 2005.

    • Previous jobs Jill has tried her hand at include wedding photography and serving cocktails.

    • She has been in two movies: As a minor role in "Grace of My Heart" and as Jody Buller, one of the five main characters in "Mind the Gap."

    • Jill's songs have been featured on such shows as "Crossing Jordan" and movies such as "Clueless," "The Truth About Cats & Dogs," and "Mind The Gap."

    • Jill has opened up for Warren Zevon.

    • In 2004, Jill co-wrote a play titled "Prozac and the Platypus."

    • Currently does the music for the Nickelodeon show, "Unfabulous."

  • Quotes

    • About her cover of "Stoned Soul Picnic": This is a song off of a Laura Nyro tribute album. I secretly love the 5th Dimension's version. And what does "Can you surry" mean?

    • About "Smoke Dreams": My fantasy of being in an Opium Den in the twenties. I listened to a lot of Peggy Lee that week.

    • About "I Kissed a Girl": My "K-Tel" moment. It was the first song "of that type" to reach the top 20. It was banned on several southern stations. I thought that was swell.

    • Jill: (On her first performance) I was in my third year of college and I went to Spain for one of those study abroad programs. A friend and I thought we'd just busk on the street for fun. We did it and I had the nerve to do it because I'd never see these people again. Well, a guy walked by and asked if we'd play in his nightclub, so we ended up for two months playing his club for three nights a week. I always wonder what would have happened if that guy hadn't walked by, what I'd be doing with my life.

    • Jill: (After being asked about her storytelling talent) I think it was because I've always been a kind of a voyeur when I was a kid. I was kind of a loner, so I was a watcher instead of leader or a follower, so maybe it comes from there. My favorite book when I was a kid was Harriet The Spy. It was this book about this weird little girl who would spy on people and write down observations. So maybe it comes from there. Plus, I've always been such a reader. I think the songs are short stories.

    • Jill: I think [humor] is more effective than simply bludgeoning others over the head with self-righteousness.

    • Jill: (On "I Kissed a Girl") That song was a double-edged sword for me. It was perceived as a novelty hit, but on the other hand it was the first song with an overtly gay topic to be aired on Top 40 radio. I am quite proud of that.

    • Jill: People come to see you, and I remember as a kid getting autographs from...I got an autograph from David Bowie, and that meant everything in the world to me, and not like my autograph's gonna mean that much, but you never know, to someone.

    • Jill: (On performing) When I'm performing, I try to not be distant from the audience. I try to, like, bring them in, like they're playing in my living room, and that's why I'm always trying to talk to them between songs."

  • An amazing singer/songwriter, and now an amazing actress.

    Jill Sobule is one of those people that you love to come across. She is best known for her singing and songwriting, which should be more popular than it is. She has such a talent for songwriting, you'll become a fan the first time you hear her. Now that I have seen her in the indie film "Mind the Gap," I also think of her as a very talented actress. She is one of those people that you would love to meet, and if you ever have gotten the chance to meet her, you will never forget the experience. Jill Sobule is truly one of the greats.moreless