In 1916 the United States Shipping Board was created with the charter to build up the US Merchant Marine as Europe went further and further into war. The Emergency Fleet Corporation in Washington, DC, commissioned artist James Daugherty to create this poster to spur worker productivity in shipbuilding.
The Independent has described The Tiger Lillies as “a provocative and avant-garde three-piece band that combines cabaret, vaudeville, music-hall and street theatre”.
Tim Arthur of Time Out has given a more imaginative description: “Imagine Kurt Weill conjuring up images of prewar Berlin while a falsetto vocalist screams, squeaks and squawks his way through every number like some rambling madman, and you’ve got the picture”.
Notorious for singing controversial songs involving bestiality, prostitution, blasphemy and all other vice imaginable, The Tiger Lillies are undoubtedly not for the easily offended.
Their musical style is mainly influenced by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s masterpiece The Threepenny Opera and pre-war Berlin cabaret but other influences such as gypsy and circus music, French chanson and British music hall tunes are also evident…
members: Martyn Jacques, Mike Pickering and Adrian Stout