Mad World Gary Jules

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Gary Jules performing live at the Hotel Café on 9 December 2008
Background information
Birth nameGary Jules Aguirre Jr.
Born19 March 1969 (age 50)
Fresno, California, United States
GenresRock, pop, folk, soft rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, mandolin, harmonica, ukulele
Years active1998-present
LabelsA&M, Sanctuary, Down Up Down Music

Gary Jules Aguirre Jr. (born 19 March 1969), known as Gary Jules, is an Americansinger-songwriter, known primarily for his cover version of the Tears for Fears song 'Mad World', which he recorded with his friend Michael Andrews for the film Donnie Darko. It became the UK Christmas Number One single of 2003. Since then, Jules's version has been used on many American TV shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Jericho, The O.C., Smallville, House and Riverdale, as well as in a commercial for Lloyd's Bank in 2016 featuring a horse galloping through different stages in people's lives. Gary Jules is a father of 2 children.

'Mad World', is a great example, showing deep insight in the troubled youth. Gary Jules and Richard may not have done this song justice when they covered it for Donnie Darko, but their cover is a unique song of it's own. They actually transcended the song into a spiritually open glimpse into a meloncholy dimension. Gary Jules (born in 1969 in Fresno, California as Gary Jules Aguirre) is an American singer-songwriter. He is best known for his cover of the Tears for Fears song Mad World, which was featured in the film Donnie Darko. Gary Jules attended The Bishop's School in La Jolla, California.

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Jules recorded a cover of the song 'Mad World' by Tears For Fears for the 2001 film Donnie Darko and released it as a single in December 2003. This timing allowed it to become the Christmas Number One single in the UK for that year. The cover also featured as background music in various television programs such as drama General Hospital, as well as individual episodes of Without a Trace, The O.C., Smallville, Jericho, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. It was used in the trailer for the 2010 film The Crazies and the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps' 2010 Production 'Mad World'.

Adam Lambert sang a cover of 'Mad World' that was heavily influenced by Jules's version at two different points in his American Idol competition, as well as during the American Idols Live! 2009 tour. Following its appearance on the popular television show, Jules's cover of the song rose to #11 on the iTunes Store.

The song 'Something Else' was featured on the Season 5 episode 'My Fallen Idol' of the NBC show Scrubs.

The song 'Gone Daddy' is based upon an experience that led to Jules relocating his family from Southern California to North Carolina. A neighbor was gunned down one night in Los Angeles and while the police were investigating the shooting, Jules approached one of the officers, explained that his child was napping, and asked if the officer knew when they would be finished. The officer said he did not know, but that the family could leave Los Angeles if they didn't like it. Jules took the advice to heart and relocated shortly thereafter.[citation needed]

Jules's song 'Wichita' was inspired by a class he took at UCLA regarding Native American history. During the class he read a story about Native Americans following herds of bison around the nation to survive.[citation needed]

Jules was a surprise guest on a series of Parisian concerts of French singer Mylène Farmer, called Timeless 2013 (September 2013). In all the performances that take place in the Palais omnisport de Bercy, Gary Jules sings his cover of Mad World joined by Mylène Farmer. They follow by the duet song 'Les Mots' that Mylène Farmer originally released in 2001 with Seal. So far Gary Jules is also part of the tour, as he was also performing during the concerts in Lyon.


Music videos[edit]

  • 'Mad World' Directed by Michel Gondry (2004)
  • 'Broke Window'
  • 'Beautiful'. Stop animation by Tony Clavelli. (2009)

Television appearances[edit]

Appearances on television as himself

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  • RI:SE (Aired December 16, 2003)
  • Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (Episode #5.14 2003)
  • Top of the Pops ('Mad World' with Michael Andrews) (Aired December 19, 2003)[1]
  • Top of the Pops NL (Episode #1.165 2004)
  • Today with Des and Mel (Aired February 12, 2004)
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Aired March 29, 2004)
  • XETV Fox Rox (April 8, 2004)
  • Never Mind the Buzzcocks (Episode #14.7 2004)
  • SWR3 Ringfrei ('Mad World']) [2]
  • Last Call with Carson Daly (Aired June 5, 2007)
  • RTL German TV (Performed 'Mad World') (Aired January 22, 2010) [3]

Television placements[edit]

  • CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (”Mad World” (Season 1, episode 1-Pilot. Aired October 6, 2000.)
  • The WB Smallville (“Mad World” (Season 2, episode 11-Visage. Aired January 14, 2003.)
  • NBC Third Watch (”Mad World” (Season 4, episode 15-Collateral Damage: Part 2. Aired February 10, 2003.)
  • CBS Without A Trace ('Mad World' (Season 2, episode 1-The Bus. Aired September 25, 2003.)
  • ABC Alias (”Something Else” (Season 3, episode 3-Reunion. Aired October 12, 2003.)
  • CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (”Mad World” (Season 6, episode 2-Room Service. Aired September 29, 2005.)
  • CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (”Mad World” (Season 6, episode 14-Killer. Aired February 2, 2006.)
  • NBC Scrubs (”Something Else” (Season 5, episode 21-My Fallen Idol. Aired May 2, 2006.)
  • CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (”Mad World” (Season 6, episode 24-Way To Go. Aired May 18, 2006.)
  • ABC Grey’s Anatomy (”Falling Awake” (Season 3, episode 12-Six Days: Part 2. Aired January 4, 2007.)
  • CBS Jericho (”Mad World” (Season 1, episode 17-One Man’s Terrorist. Aired April 4, 2007.)
  • ABC Brothers & Sisters (“Falling Awake” (Season 1, episode 21-Grapes of Wrath. Aired May 6, 2007.)
  • TV3 Colors en sèrie (Spain) (”Mad World” (Negre: El túnel al final de la llum.2007)
  • A&E The Cleaner (”Mad World” (Season 1, episode 6-To Catch a Fed. Aired August 26, 2008.)
  • CW 90210 (”Greetings from the Side” (Season 1, episode 9-Secrets and Lies. Aired November 4, 2008.)
  • NBC Friday Night Lights (”Beautiful” (Season 3, episode 13-Tomorrow Blues. Aired January 14, 2009.)
  • NBC-Life ('Been A Long Time' (Episode 215-I Heart Mom. Aired February 18, 2009)
  • FX-Nip/Tuck ('Mad World' (Season 6, episode 2 Enigma Aired October 21, 2009.)
  • CW Life Unexpected (”Falling Awake” (Season 1, episode 1-Pilot. Aired January 18, 2010.)
  • ABC Private Practice (”The Old Days Are Gone” (Season 3, episode 12-Best Laid Plans. Aired January 21, 2010.)
  • ABC General Hospital (”Mad World” - 23 episodes as Franco)
  • FOX So You Think You Can Dance? (”Mad World' (alternate version) (Season 7, week 7. Aired July 28, 2010.)
  • ID Investigation Discovery Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets ('Mad World (2011)
  • SYFY Being Human ('Mad World' (Season 1, Episode 9 Aired March 2011.)
  • SYFY Helix ('Mad World' (Season 1, Episode 9 'Level X' Aired February 28, 2014.)

Movie placements[edit]

  • Digging to China - 'Greetings from the Side' (1998)
  • Donnie Darko (2001) ('Mad World')
  • Catch and Release - 'Pills' (2006)
  • Lost Islands - 'Mad World' (2008)
  • Fireflies in the Garden - 'Greetings from the Side' (2008)
  • The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day - 'Mad World' (2009)
  • I Will Follow You Into The Dark - 'Mad World' (2010)
  • Bez naslova, Serbian movie - 'Mad World '(2011)
  • Mad World - 'Mad World '(2010)


  • Xbox 360 Gears of War- 'Mad World' trailer (2006)
  • The Cleaner - 'Mad World' (2008)
  • The Crazies - 'Mad World'trailer (2009)


  • Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1) (2009)
    • appears in the 'Mad World' segment
  • Joseph Aguirre's 'Next Year Country' (2009)
    • soundtrack music


The playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis refers to Gary Jules in his play The Little Flower of East Orange. This show, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and starring Ellen Burstyn, premiered at the Public Theater in New York on April 6, 2008. The songs 'Goodnight Billie' and 'Little Greenie' were featured in the production. Specifically, in Act 1, Scene 3, the character Nadine plays 'Little Greenie' and says 'Okay..One time, I was gonna kill myself, but then I played this Gary Jules song like twenty-seven times.'[4] In the acknowledgments section of the Faber & Faber, Inc. published version of the play, Guirgis writes, 'SPECIAL THANKS TO GARY JULES FOR THE MUSIC.'[5]

In August 2004, Gary and his wife Greta welcomed the birth of their first child, Amelia.



  • Greetings from the Side – 1998
  • Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets – 2001, U.S. #144[6]
  • Gary Jules – 2006
  • Bird – 2008


  • Live at Lime Presents Gary Jules-2009
  • Daytrotter Session – 2009
Mad World Gary Jules


YearSinglePeak positions
2003'Mad World'
(Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules


  • Michael Andrews – Donnie Darko (2001)
    • Track 17 'Mad World' and Track 18 'Mad World (Alternate Mix)' (featured)
  • Jim Bianco – Handsome Devil (2004)
    • Track 6 'Tennessee Wedding' (background vocals)
  • Esquimaux – perfecto! (2005)
    • Track 12 'Honey & Dear' (featured)
  • Jim Bianco – Sing (2008)
    • Track 2 'Sing' and Track 6 'If Your Mama Knew' (background vocals)
  • Angel Taylor – Love Travels (2009)
    • guitar, mandolin, background vocals


  1. ^'Gary Jules - Mad World (Live)'. YouTube. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  2. ^'Gary Jules - Mad World (live)'. YouTube. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  3. ^'Gary Jules - Mad World - LIVE in German TV January 22, 2010'. YouTube. 2010-01-24. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  4. ^Guirgis, Stephen Adly (2009). The Little Flower of East Orange p.36
  5. ^Guirgis, Stephen Adly (2009). The Little Flower of East Orange p.106
  6. ^Billboard, Allmusic
  7. ^'Gary Jules discography'. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  8. ^'Gary Jules discography'. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  9. ^'Gary Jules discography'. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  10. ^'Gary Jules discography'. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  11. ^'Gary Jules discography'. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  12. ^'Gary Jules discography'. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2014.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^'Gary Jules discography'. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  14. ^'Gary Jules discography'. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 April 2014.

External links[edit]

  • Gary Jules on IMDb
  • Gary Jules collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
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