FTP Media founder Lisa Santonato first met Jake on a streetcar traveling home from work on a sunny summer day in 1992. A belligerent drunk man sat down next to her and began harassing her, asking dirty questions. Nearby, a rather large man dressed in a fine three-piece grey pinstripe suit stood up and addressed the man, announcing in no uncertain terms that he ought to stop. Lisa got off the streetcar at the following stop, and so did Jake. Standing there on the corner of Bathurst and College Street, Lisa became friends with one of Canada’s finest musicians, songwriters, and greatest of gentlemen, Big Rude Jake. The friendship has crossed provinces, decades and technologies, and whenever Jake is playing, Lisa does her best to make it out to the show.
Sometime around 2004 or 2005, after a period of inactivity Jake decided it was time to revive his career. He contacted Lisa who began consulting Jake on how to bring his music back to audiences via online tools and social media. Lisa encouraged Jake to rebuild his website and get his extensive, and spectacular, body of work online. In 2007 Jake gave Lisa six videos which she digitized from old VHS tapes, saving Jake the high cost and trouble of digital video transfer from old, unknown, and more or less lost Beta sources. She helped Jake establish his YouTube channel, and posted the videos for the world to see, thereby bringing Jake’s music video archive to the internet and thereby the world.
For a taste of Jake’s ‘swing punk’ style, check out Swing, Baby!, Queer for Cat, and 7th Avenue too, and enjoy the great musical stylings of Big Rude Jake singing here with his Gentleman Players. Also be sure to visit Jake’s YouTube channel for the latest music from Jake’s solo to 7+ piece band, or his side projects, The Jump Devils, Tennessee Voodoo Coupe and Blue Mercury Coupe.
The following is a selection of videos archived by FTP Media and uploaded to YouTube in 2007.
In 2007 FTP Media provided video archival services to Canada’s legendary musician and songwriter, Big Rude Jake by digitizing and uploading a series of old VHS videos to YouTube. In this CTV News’ “Success Story” segment, Jake describes how his company, Pivotal Productions, brings great music to senior citizens in nursing homes across Canada. For more information on Aqua Vitae, send an email to “info [at] bigrudejake dot ca.”
For more great musical stylings of Big Rude Jake and his Gentleman Players, check out Queer for Cat and 7th Avenue too. From Jake’s unforgettable 1996 “swing punk” album, Blue Pariah, this is Big Rude Jake singing, Swing, Baby!
In this music video for Queer for Cat from Big Rude Jake’s incredible self-titled 1999 album, you’ll find Big Rude Jake at his “swing punk” best.
In this video Big Rude Jake performs 7th Avenue on Rita & Friends. The song was released on Jake’s 1994 album, Butane Fumes and Bad Cologne.
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