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Joneses, The - 1990 Hard

ARTIST: Joneses, The
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 82072-1
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: David Finnerty - vocals * Billy Loosigian - guitar * Brad Hallen - bass * John Sands - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Everything Changes * 02 A Little Love * 03 Steppin' Out * 04 Don't You Know * 05 Let's Live Together * 06 Hard * 07 Leavin' With The Light * 08 Hard Road * 09 Reconsider * 10 Mean Woman * 11 Bollweevil Stomp

Coming out of the Boston grooveyard of the late 80's and early 90's is the band The Joneses. The band should not be confused with an L.A sleaze/punk band of the same name. Evolving from a local area band The Jackals, The Joneses had enough resources to release an independent EP during 1988. Atlantic came knocking and signed the band in 1989. Releasing a much over looked one-off album called 'Hard', this album set tongues wagging with their energetic brand of blues fried rock. When I first listened to this years ago, I made a comparison that this was like hearing Billy Satellite fused with Tangier. Others have likened their sound to a 90's fusion of Free and Bad Company, no doubt due to the impressive pipes of lead singer David Finnerty (previously with 70's folk/pop band The Road Apples), who obviously has Paul Rodgers in his resume. I would also say there is a bit of Jude Cole in there too! Lead guitarist Billy Loosigian was featured in the recent review of the Lisa Burns album, but the style he shows here is a touch different from that LP twelve years previous. He had spent many years in the Boston bar/club scene, which was essentially the roots of The Joneses sound.

The Songs
The Joneses have a sassy sound, and they shift all around the hard rock and blues spectrum with ease. The riffs might be basic on 'Everything Changes', but the delivery is classy, the vocals are right in the Paul Rodgers center zone. Moving up into a Jude Cole styled delivery is 'Steppin' Out', not far removed is 'Leavin' With The Light'. When the band turn up the heat, then songs like 'Lets' Live Together' (a rehash of Finnerty's 1975 minor hit) and 'Mean Woman' come to life, the latter sounding unnervingly like Tall Stories debut! The Joneses also have a melodic and commercial angle, especially when you listen to 'Don't You Know' and the title track 'Hard'. Not forgetting their bar and blues references, tunes such as 'Reconsider' and 'Bollweevil Stomp' return the band to their origins.

In Summary
1990 wasn't a good time for bands like this to be milking out a career, in the face of the grunge onslaught to come and the current hair metal rampage. As it turned out, 'Hard' was indeed a very hard sell, and as a consequence, failed to stir up the sales charts. The band broke up shortly after, all members moving on to other projects. For those of you into that commercial rock/blues thing with a bit of sting in the tail, then you might be inclined to check The Joneses out.

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#1 | super80boy on May 21 2016 15:21:33
The Joneses album sadly didn't resonate in 1990, I remember buying this in the cut out bin at Waxie Maxies. At the time, it was more or less a cheap blind buy. Although the album didn't fit perfectly into the styles of the day, it provided and still does a refreshing change. The foundation is Finnerty's powerful blues induced croon. Add on healthy doses of crunchy riffs and a crisp production job for a satisfying outing. Standouts: 'Don't You Know', 'Hard Road', 'Everything Changes', 'Hard' and 'Leavin With The Light'.
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