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Rootjoose were a funk rock band from Cornwall. They had a unique style of music, their live performances gaining them significant popularity in the South West of England during the late 1990’s.

Signed to Rage Records, the band released Rhubarb, their debut album, in 1997. Local legend has it that the album even outsold the Spice Girls, the girl-band who were at the time at the height of their popularity, in Cornwall.

Their most notable track - Mr Fixit - reach the top 40 of the UK music charts during the late 90s. Other singles included Can’t Keep Living This Way, which stalled just outside the top 40. The band were unlucky - just as they were tipped to break through into the mainstream, their record company went bankrupt. They were unable to get a new deal, as the fashion at the time was for introspective indie music rather than their more upbeat style, and the band eventually called it a day in 2001. However, the story does not end there, as Harry Collier, bassist/vocalist for the band, went on to form piano-led pop-rockers Kubb who released their debut album, Mother, in 2005.

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  • Rhyme79

    I saw these guys in Somerset in about '97. I remember they were supported by 'Fungal Infection'! I think I've still got the poster from that gig somewhere. I really must give Rhubarb a listen, I haven't heard it for ages, but was on my most played list back in the day. "Lovin' it all!" @shaymatt- soon, the joose is coming soon. :P

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • shaymatt

    The Joose is coming... back?

    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • raftailgunner

    They played at my school too!

    16 Jul 2010 Reply
  • benedog1

    They played Plym Uni a bit... GOOD TIMES!!!

    13 Jul 2010 Reply
  • dustymoth

    They played at my school!

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • SharpCircle

    Harry, you know Kubb sucks, reform with the greatest band ever!!!

    12 Aug 2009 Reply
  • joethegiraffez

    mmm so Joosy (:

    4 May 2009 Reply
  • Catbird

    Great band and a band that should never of given up! Almost saw them on the beach at Fistral during the eclipse. Reform or die!

    13 Jan 2009 Reply
  • SPEED-MERCHANT

    Boys, its time to reform your band again! As a former 'Cow Club' member I have all the albums, all the singles & surfed with two of you as well! I am a die hard Jooser, especially after the many nights at Fosters, the 'Firkin' tour & the seedier places you played in the South West!

    19 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Bren_D

    I've just found Money and Time for about £15, but I'm still on the lookout for Rhubarb :)

    23 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Bren_D

    This is a long shot, but has anyone got a spare Rhubarb and/or Money and Time CD they'd be willing to sell me? My cassette version of Rhubarb has seen far better days and I never got round to buying Money and Time back in the day :( Cheers all :)

    23 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Pisky

    Rootjoose - come back! All is forgiven!

    29 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Farina_B

    Can someone post some Rootjoose songs? I saw them when they played at Plymouth CFE and also saw them getting out the back of a van in Truro. I loved them. Fave song is Pie in the Sky.

    1 Oct 2007 Reply
  • bishibashispeci

    I remember watching Rootjoose at Castle Rock in Launceston Cornwall, wish they were still around...

    15 Jun 2007 Reply
  • Surfinmonk

    I remember seeing them live @ 'the pirate' almost monthly, if not more back in the early/mid 90's. Must have seen them 30+ times at least. Supporting them during battle of the bands and then my final gig was seeing them @ southampton Uni in 98. Best song. the Sting

    11 Jan 2007 Reply
  • graham_alton

    RJ, you totally missed out. I must have seen them 5 or 6 times while I was at Uni in Exeter, they totally rock! Sadly for Harry though, I think the music he produced with Rootjoose is better than what we've seen from him in Kubb so far!

    8 Dec 2006 Reply
  • superflysamura1

    rootjoose freakin own

    29 Nov 2006 Reply
  • RJ

    Love Rootjoose, grew up in cornwall and listened to Rhubarb quite a bit. Never did manage to see them live tho :/

    23 Oct 2006 Reply
  • georgethebadger

    I rememeber watching these play when Virgin Megastores opened my town. I can't remember what they were like though.

    20 May 2006 Reply