Gab & Jam Episode 5: What's a "Prejippie"?

What's a "Prejippie"? Gab & Jam Episode 5  --Blooming Prejippie Zine

We like behind the scenes songwriting inspiration and origins videos, which is why this episode will focus on the history and thinking behind the name “Prejippie.”


Here are the highlights of our history:

  • Bruce had the name when we met in 1986. (He explains why in the episode at roughly 2:57 in video.)

  • The word “Prejippie” literally means “preppy,” “jitterbug,” and “hippie.”

  • Bruce explains a little about the double consciousness of being an African-American (which is a sub-culture) within the dominant American culture and about how all that influenced his thinking on a base level. He says that he heard a recent interview by Lenny Kravitz, where he echoed a similar sentiment. —Seriously, see the video!

  • Philosophically, it means a free-combining of a variety of different cultural and genres perspectives in one and one-to-one.

  • Bruce resisted using the word, initially, because he hates to be what he calls a “template” person, or someone who you can depend on to do the same things all the time. I’ve since convinced him that, because “Prejippie” by its very definition is a cobbling together of multiple influences, he can afford to call himself—and all his music that—without danger of being predictable. Phew! I’m glad we’ve committed to it fully.

15 Tips for Better Band Photos  --Blooming Prejippie Zine

Musical Philosophy:

  • Bruce answers the question of how being a Prejippie influences how we do music.

  • We both weigh in on why it is important to know this gnarly, not-so-little fact about us.

This is how this Prejippie life philosophy exhibits itself in the following:

  • Clothing—Don’t commit to only one style or one color, but feel passionate about expressing the many moods.

  • Politics—Try to think through the ideas and not simply side with anyone just ‘cause.

  • Entertainment—Just as we produce in a variety of genres, so, too, do we consume from a variety of different genres, as well as balancing our intake of pop culture and “high-brow” culture.



Advantages to the name “Prejippie”:

  • People seem to remember it.

  • People like saying it.

  • No one can “steal” it (since it is so unique and, generally, folks are not willing to risk possible embarrassment to do something totally out of the ordinary).

  • Communicates an artistic philosophy.