Planet Groucho Records

Planet Groucho Records

El Jugador

El Jugador

Note: the following biography is not a finished work.

El Jugador was best known as a four-piece alternative indie band from Ayrshire, Scotland, however, the band originally started out as an alternative, indie and hip hop music project.

The early rendition of El Jugador was mostly a solo effort by Sir Fred, but it also featured various musicians and artists from around Ayrshire, including the popular hip hop act All Time High. The result of this effort was a 30 track album, entitled, Operation Immigration, released in 2002.

Operation Immigration features fan favourites The Buckfast Song, Crazy Brain (feat. All Time High) and Wastin' Some Time. It was given a favourable review by Catriona Killin in the Daily Record .

El Jugador's first gig was at the Vikingar (Largs) on June 27th 2003 alongside Barstaff. It featured Sir Fred on vocals / guitar and Sticks on drums. They played under the name, The White Shites.

Sir Fred followed up Operation Immigration in 2003 with a 6 track EP entitled, My Shoe Fell Off, named after it's title track. This EP showed Sir Fred's shift towards an alternative rock sound and included a couple of live tracks recorded at El Jugador's first gig as a 4-piece (Saltcoats Town Hall - September 27th 2003).

The 4-piece El Jugador was born out of Sir Fred's frustration while performing his songs as a one-man-band. The line up included Jeff (Guitar/Backing Vocals), Kat (Bass) and Sticks (Drums/Backing Vocals). The band played a number of local gigs and built up a modest following.

Jeff and Sir Fred at Stereo (Glasgow)

Jeff and Sir Fred at Stereo (Glasgow)

Sir Fred live at the Boom Boom Room was released in 2004 alongside the 25 track album Broken Banjo, both records remained solo efforts. Broken Banjo is mostly a collection of b-sides and off-cuts that didn't make it to the track-listing of Operation Immigration. The songs The Drunken Cowboy and Here Tomorrow, Gone Today feature Supa Sleuth of hip hop act Speech Therapy.

Jeff left the band to form a band of his own. He was replaced by Tosh (aka Tragic O'Hara).

By mid 2005, the band had built up a loyal following and were booking bigger and better gigs, including a support slot for Misty's Big Adventure at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (September 21st 2005) alongside How to Swim.

El Jugador at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow)

El Jugador at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow)

The addition of Tosh brought a more rawkus sound to El Jugador's live shows. Sir Fred brought this sound to the studio for which would become El Jugador's final record, The Mini Album, released in 2005.

The Mini Album was less of a solo effort than previous records with the inclusion of crowd favourite Sir Fred Can't Be Dead (written by Tosh / performed by Tosh and Sir Fred), Eleven (performed by all four members of the band) and Lost In This City (performed by Sir Fred and Sticks).

A follow up to The Mini Album was planned and the band took to the recording studio at the Caley Youth Centre to record it. However, before the album could be completed, Sir Fred abruptly quit the band without reason. This saw the end of El Jugador.

El Jugador at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow)

El Jugador at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow)

Previous Live Dates:

  • 27th Jun 2003 - Vikingar (Largs)
    w/ Barstaff
  • 27th Sep 2003 - Saltcoats Town Hall (Saltcoats)
  • 18th Nov 2003 - The Loft (Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley)
    w/ Solarise + Barstaff
  • 2nd Dec 2003 - Stereo (Glasgow)
  • 27th Jan 2004 - Stereo (Glasgow)
    w/ Shim-R
  • 4th Feb 2004 - The Arches (Glasgow)
    w/ Solarise + The Commercials
  • 7th May 2004 - The Boom Boom Room (Seamill)
    w/ Keeping Dirt Clean
  • 26th May 2005 - Paisley Student Union (SAUWS, Paisley)
    w/ Alan Cassidy + The Ads + Jedi
  • 9th Jun 2005 - The Arena (Kilmarnock)
  • 16th Jun 2005 - Parkers (Kilmarnock)
    w/ The Symptoms + The Hostilles + Mummy Short Arms
  • 30th Jun 2005 - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow)
    w/ Irrelevant + Space Junk
  • 21st Sep 2005 - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow)
    w/ Misty's Big Adventure + How to Swim
  • 22nd Sep 2005 - T in the Ark (The Ark, Glasgow)
    w/ Aiden MacKenzie, Alan Cassidy, Clearfall, Halfcut, Luma, Myopia, Pylot, Red Lines + Yuffie

Video

Reviews

El Jugador

Music

Releases

The Mini Album (2005)

Broken Banjo (2004)

Sir Fred Live @ The Boom Boom Room (2004)

My Shoe Fell Off (2003)

Operation Immigration (2002)