Boogie rockers Jackyl were instantly lumped into the hair metal category upon their debut in 1992, but their sound was only vaguely reminiscent of the genre. Still, this label stuck with them after the sound became un-hip and their loud rock & roll was largely ignored by the mainstream. But due to the well-rounded Southern rock they were releasing throughout the '90s, they maintained a dedicated following that few other bands from the era could claim.
The band started in 1990, forming in Georgia out of vocalist Jesse James Dupree, guitarist Jeff Worley, drummer Chris Worley, bassist Tom Bettini, and guitarist Jimmy Stiff. The fivesome shared an enthusiasm for AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and other like-minded artists, and were soon crafting their own blend of hard rock and Southern boogie around their native state. Record executives got hip to their live show, which included chain saws, among other things, and soon the band signed to Geffen.
A self-titled debut enjoyed several hit rock singles, including "When Will It Rain," "I Stand Alone," and "Down on Me." But the most attention was drawn by "The Lumberjack," an ode to burly chainsaw-wielders that witnessed a power tool solo by Dupree. His chainsaw abilities became their recognized gimmick, and equally gimmick-crazy guitarist Ted Nugent took the band on the road for a tour that included his own archery display as well.
This was good for their career in the short term, but their reputation as a hair metal band was cemented by the appearances with Damn Yankees and Slaughter on the road. By the time 1994's Push Comes to Shove was released, Geffen was firmly against promoting a group with that reputation and allowed the record to sink to the bottom of the charts. The group left the label and moved to Mayhem, marking the occasion with a live album before leaving the label only a year later for a jump to Sony. Arriving in 1997, Cut the Crap enjoyed play on rock radio, but was still overshadowed by popular alternative rock acts. Sony dropped Jackyl, so they quickly signed to Shimmering Tone and began work on Stayin' Alive. The record came out to poor critical reception, and the cracks in the band's armor began to show.
A lineup change was necessary, so Bettini and Stiff got the boot and former Brother Cane guitarist Roman Glick was drafted into the lineup. Writing tracks with AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson, the band returned in 2002 with Relentless, followed by Live at the Full Throttle Saloon in 2004. Subsequent studio albums include When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide (2010), Best in Show (2012), and Rowyco (2016). ~ Bradley Torreano, Rovi
Jackyl is an American rock band formed in 1990. Their sound has been described as hard rock, heavy metal and Southern metal. The current lineup is made up of Jesse James Dupree (lead vocals / guitar / chainsaw) Jeff Worley (guitar), Roman Glick (bass) and Chris Worley (drums).
In 1992, Jackyl's self-titled debut album was released under Geffen Records and eventually went platinum. It featured a song entitled “She Loves My Cock,” which was omitted from edited versions, as were suggestive elements on the album's cover art. When a K-Mart in Georgia refused to sell “Jackyl,” the band played an impromptu concert in front of the store. Footage of the event was used for the music video of their single “I Stand Alone.”
Another song on the album, “The Lumberjack,” included a chainsaw solo by lead singer Jesse James Dupree. On the recording, Dupree alternately revs the chainsaw's engine or uses the chain brake to slow the engine down to change the pitch. He also performs this stunt live and the number typically climaxes with Dupree slicing up a wooden stool onstage, smashing it, and throwing the sliced pieces out to the crowd.
Their second album was released in 1994, titled “Push Comes to Shove.” Also that year, the band appeared at Woodstock '94 in Saugerties, New York. Jackyl released their third album, “Cut the Crap,” in 1997. Its hit song “Locked and Loaded” featured guest vocals from AC/DC's Brian Johnson. The band's first greatest hits album, “Choice Cuts,” arrived in 1998.
Also in 1998 “Stayin' Alive” was released. While recognized as Jackyl's fourth studio album, of the 11 tracks, the album featured three cover songs and three live versions of previously released songs.
Less than a month after the events of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Jackyl recorded and released “Open Invitation,” which received wide airplay and featured lyrics that included, “I hate you bin Laden” and “You’ve got an open invitation to kiss our ass.” The song mixed in clips from George C. Scott's portrayal of George S. Patton giving a speech to his soldiers in the movie “Patton” and President George W. Bush reading from the Bible's Shepherd's Psalm Psalm 23:4.
In 2002, Jackyl released “Relentless” and took part in the Rock Never Stops Tour. The following year, a second greatest hits compilation was produced entitled “20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Jackyl.” In 2010, the band released “When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide.”
“Best in Show,” their seventh studio album, was issued in 2012. It featured covers of “It's Tricky” by Run-D.M.C. and “Cover of the Rolling Stone” by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. It was simultaneously released with “Up to No Good,” the debut album from Nigel Dupree Band, fronted by vocalist Nigel Thomas Dupree, the son of Jackyl's lead singer, Jesse James Dupree.
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