Jill talks with G. Brown about her family history and Denver roots (0:59), expanding her orbit to Nashville and New York and working with Todd Rundgren (8:05), releasing “I Kissed a Girl” and causing a stir (10:10), Katy Perry’s 2008 song with the same title (13:06), the song “Supermodel” being used in the movie Clueless (14:09), opening for Crosby, Stills & Nash at Red Rocks (15:22), her friendship with Warren Zevon and her cover of Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas from the Family” (19:49), working in the film, theater and television industries (21:13), being a crowdfunding pioneer (22:59) and her political activism (27:38).
After Denver-born Jill Sobule spent her junior year of college in Spain, she decided that music was her métier, and the singer-songwriter has since released a dozen albums marked by her trademark wit and aplomb. She debuted in 1990 with Things Here Are Different, produced by Todd Rundgren. Her 1995 self-titled album brought her mainstream success with two hit singles—the controversial “I Kissed A Girl” and the satirical “Supermodel” (featured prominently in the movie Clueless). In the years that followed, her wide-ranging career included joining Lloyd Cole & the Negatives as a guitarist, dabbling in off-Broadway musicals, making an appearance on NBC’s West Wing, composing songs for the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous and acting in the indie movie Mind the Gap. Her most recent album is Nostalgia Kills.