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Jackyl - 1994 Push Comes To Shove

ARTIST: Jackyl
ALBUM: Push Comes To Shove
LABEL: Geffen
YEAR: 1994


LINEUP: Jesse James Dupree - vocals * Jimmy Stiff - guitars * Jeff Worley - guitars * Tom Bettini - bass * Chris Worley - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Push Comes To Shove * 02 Headed For Destruction * 03 My Life * 04 I Could Never Touch You Like * 05 You Do * 06 Dixieland * 07 I Want It * 08 Private Hell * 09 I Am The I Am * 10 Secret Of The Bottle * 11 Rock A Ho * 12 Back Down In The Dirt * 13 Chinatown>


When Jackyl's debut appeared in 1992 it was the complete antithesis of the grunge onslaught dominating the market, with vocalist Dupree's chainsaw wielding antics and sexist odes a throwback to just a few years earlier ('She Loves My Cock' saying it all!). What separated Jackyl from the fading legions of hard rockers in 92 was their success, with the album going platinum, the music a combination of AC/DC styled riffs and hooks which promised much. Two years later it was safe to say the hard rock scene was all but dead and buried, but Jackyl bucked the trend yet again, with their follow up another set of solid good time rock which proved someone was still willing to fly the flag for 80's hard rock well into the 90's. It's hard to believe this was 15 years ago, at the time Jackyl were still an up and coming band. I recall seeing copies of this filling the bargain bins for years afterwards however, which suggested New Zealand may not have been receptive, but in the US this went gold, a major accomplishment for a band of this style in 94.

The Songs
This is a solid album with few throwaway tracks and is on the same level as AC/DC's 'Ballbreaker' the following year. Plenty of tracks regarding standing up for yourself and the power of rock and roll make for entertaining listening. The title track sees Dupree imitating Bon Scott before moving into anthemic territory with the chanted chorus recalling the best of Warrant circa 1990. Dupree's trademark chainsaw opens 'Headed For Destruction,' which in all honesty is structured like the opener, not a bad move at all. The band stands up for their type of rock on 'My Life', rallying against the generic rock scene of the day, with a great hook and a ton of energy. There is an ode to the bands Southern roots in Georgia on 'Dixieland', which displays how heavy the band could be in a more serious vein. 'Private Hell' is a fine exercise in AC/DC riff work but I could do without the lighter 'Secret Of The Bottle', which seems token and maybe too cute. Thankfully 'Rock-A-Ho' is a rocker with attitude and a sneering chorus and the pairing of 'Back Down In The Dirt' and 'Chinatown' are about as good as party rock got in the mid 90's. Cornball riffs and vocals abound at every turn, which were in short supply in 1994, making Jackyl a savior for many!

In Summary
Somehow the momentum was lost along the way and by the end of the decade Jackyl seemed to be all but forgotten. Their last studio album was 2002's 'Relentless' and from what I gather the band consists of Dupree, the Worley's and guitarist Roman Glick these days. Finding up to date information on the band seems hard to discover, but they are still playing gigs regularly, something the band prides themselves on. Dupree's son Nigel recently released his debut album 'Attraction', which may be making his dad feel old! Still for Jackyl to achieve what they did in a trying time for real rock means they left their imprint on history. Serious fans of hard rock already know this and 15 years down the road this hasn't aged a bit. One of the few genuine rock statements from a depressing era.

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#1 | Eric on June 29 2009 11:50:55
The second coming of Black Oak Arkansas.
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