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SXSW ’08: Hot Cup Of Joe Lean

Lyndsey Parker
Maximum Performance

It was a sweltering 92 degrees at South By Southwest on Friday--an almost unheard of temperature for Austin in March, and almost 20 degrees hotter than it was on Thursday. But did this crazy Coachella-like climate deter Britain's best-dressed baby band, Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong, from getting all dolled up in their usual autumnal haberdashery?

Of course not. It's pretty hard to imagine these fashionably pasty Londoners ever trading in their trademark scarves, vests, and suit jackets for cargo shorts and flip-flops.

Yes, JL&TJJJ beat the heat in style, never letting fans see 'em sweat (they don't sweat, they glisten), and never running out of steam, when they made their U.S. debut at the Mercury Records party on Friday afternoon. Check out their red-hot live party pics below, and see the Mercury rising indeed:

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