Jesse James Dupree
(photo by Kevin Kohlhase)

Jackyl is American redneck party metal with a Southern rock sheen. Despite their debut doing relatively well, subsequent albums didn't help the band build anything further than a cult following. Fortunately they stuck to their guns over they years and have continued to release their own brand of rock 'n roll. In 2002 the band gained a minor radio hit once again with the single "Kill the Sunshine."

Jackyl Jackyl (Geffen) 1992

1. "I Stand Alone" (3:53)
2. "Dirty Little Mind" (3:36)
3. "Down on Me" (4:06)
4. "When Will It Rain" (4:36)
5. "Redneck Punk" (3:38)
6. "The Lumberjack" (3:30)
7. "Reach for Me" (3:37)
8. "Back off Brothe" (3:30)
9. "Brain Drain" (4:59)
10. "Just Like a Devil" (3:36)
11. "She Loves My Cock" (3:47)

I remember back in 1992 hearing the song "Dirty Little Mind" on Z-Rock and thinking it was a cool AC/DC inspired rocker. It's amazing that it took me a decade to finally check out this CD. Jackyl is redneck party metal; sort of a mix of Ted Nugent and AC/DC with some Jim Dandy/Black Oak Arkansas and a pint of Jack Daniels thrown in for good measure. Jackyl somehow manages to be one of the few bands of this genre that survived the '90's relatively unscaved, even touring with such huge stadium bands as Aerosmith and ZZ Top. Their formula is actually nothing earth shattering, but they do manage to write memorable hooks attached to heavy, simple riffs. This along with Jess Dupree's over-the-top, raspy howl makes Jackyl's debute quite enjoyable. Unfortunately the lyrics are a bit juvenile and insipid. I mean, just take a look at the titles of some of the songs for proof of this. However, overlooking the party 'til ya puke mentality of the lyrics, the songs are pretty fun and memorable. "I Stand Alone", "Dirty Little Mind". "Down On Me" and "When Will It Rain" are all standout cuts. Of course who could forget the chainsaw solo in the middle of the cheek-in-tongue blues track "The Lumberjack." This became one of Jackyl's big selling points. I mean, who can deny the fun of a chainsaw, right?

Push C omes To Shove Jackyl - Push Comes to Shove (Geffen) 1994

1. "Push Comes to Shove" (3:05)
2. "Headed for Destruction" ( 5:14)
3. "My Life" (4:06)
4. "I Could Never Touch You Like You Do" (3:50)
5. "Dixieland" (6:01)
6. "I Want It " (5:04)
7. "Private Hell" (4:38)
8. "I Am the I Am" (3:42)
9. "Secret of the Bottle" (5:26)
10. "Rock-A-Ho" (3:50)
11. "Back Down in the Dirt" (4:02)
12. "Chinatown" (3:24)

Every review I have read of this disc is lukewarm at best. While I think that "Push Comes to Shove" may not be quite as infectious as the debut, it's still a good CD and better than a lot of other bands who attempt this AC/DC meets Aerosmith style metal. Part of the problem may just have been in the production. Bruce Fairbairn (Aerosmith, Yes) produced this one and while he was a legendary producer, the production on this disc doesn't have the crunch and punch that the debut had. Otherwise the songs are all pretty darn good. "Headed for Destruction" starts off with those familiar chainsaw sounds before jumping into a party anthem. This song is as good as the material on the debut. "Dixieland" has a cool bluesy vibe to it. "I Want It" starts off mysteriously just like Aerosmith's "Nobody's Fault" but immediately changes into a Jackyl sleeze rocker. The album contains a ballad ("Secret of the Bottle"), which singer Jesse Dupree said they would never do, although he claims this was not a ballad but a 'country song.' Whatever! It's still a ballad. The rest of the album is not bad, but not as immediately as infectious as their debut. "Private Hell", "Rock-A-Ho" and "I Am the I Am" are also quite good. If this album had been the band's first, and their first was their sophmore release I'll bet this album would have been much more well received. "Push Comes to Shove" is a good disc, but it doesn't quite measure up to the band's incredible debut.

Jackyl - Night of the Living Dead (Mayhem Records) 1996

1. "Push Comes to Shove" (4:14)
2. "Mental Masturbation" (4:28)
3. "Headed for Destruction" (4:59)
4. "I Stand Alone" (3:47)
5. "Rock-A-Hoe" (5:16)
6. "Into the Darkness" (4:26)
7. "Down on Me" (4:32)
8. "Dirty Little Mind" (5:33)
9. "Redneck Punk" (3:40)
10. "The Lumberjack" (7:38)

Jackyl recorded live in Dallas, Texas on New Year's Eve 1995 with no overdubs, tons of energy, lots of crowd interaction and, of course, the appearance of the legendary chainsaw for a seven-plus minute version of "The Lumberjack." 'Ol Jesse runs his mouth off for the entire set and at one point advises the entire crowd to "touch yourselves" during "Mental Masturbation." Man, I could have lived my whole life without hearing that and been perfectly happy. In anycase, Jackyl are a smokin' live band and this disc is a testimony to that fact. Cover includes plenty of pictures of the mayhem as well. Rock me, roll me, jackyl me off! Rock on redneck punks!

Cut the Crap Jackyl - Cut the Crap (Epic) 1997

1. "Dumb-Ass Country Boy" (2:48)
2. "Locked and Loaded" (3:28)
3. "Open Up" (3:33)
4. "Misery Loves Company" (3:46)
5. "Let's Don't Go There" (3:24)
6. "Cut the Crap" (2:04)
7. "Twice as Ugly" (4:09)
8. "God Strike Me Dead" (3:35)
9. "Thanks for the Grammy" (3:21)
10. "Speak of the Devil" (4:39)
11. "Push Pull" (3:55)

Not nearly as commercially accessible as their first album, but just as much fun. There are a few more of those "country songs," as Jesse likes to call his ballads. (see Tracks 5, 8 and 10.) However, regardless of what you call 'em, I still like 'em. "Speak of the Devil" is actually pretty darn catchy. Had this song been released as a single during a time when good time rock 'n roll wasn't surpressed, I imagine it would have done quite well. The rest of the disc rocks in typical Jackyl style, with total disregard for trends. As usual the lyrics are based around Jesse Dupree's sense of humor, although I sense a bit of outrage on this one as well. Sounds like he's a little peaved at the record industry. This is really apparent in songs like " Thanks for the Grammy" and "Dumb As Country Boy", in which Jesse proclaims, "I'm a dumbass country boy, I think people want to rock but what do I know." "Dumb Ass Country Boy," "Locked and Loaded" (with Brian Johnson), "Cut the Crap" (with the signature chainsaw), "Twice As Ugly," "Thanks for the Grammy" and "Push Pull" are all prime Jackyl.

Stayin' Alive Jackyl - Stayin' Alive (Shimmertone Records) 1998

1. Problem" (3:13)
2. Crush" (3:42)
3. Can't Beat It With a Stick" (2:47)
4. Open for Business" (4:17)
5. Street Went Legit" (2:16)
6. Live Wire" (6:03)
7. Gimme Back My Bullets" (3:14)
8. Nobody's Fault" (4:23)
9. Dumb Ass Country Boy" (2:52)
10. Twice as Ugly" (4:32)
11. Locked & Loaded" (3:35)

I'm not sure if Stayin' Alive was intended as a full length release or not, but it's more like a long EP than an album. Of course if Van Halen could get away with it on Diver Down, I suppose that Jackyl should be able to get away with releasing a only five new songs as an album. Of the new tracks, "Crush" and "Street Went Legit" are actually quite good Jackyl rockers. Also included are three covers (of classics by AC/DC, Skynyrd and Aerosmith, respectively) and three live versions of songs all taken from the underrated Cut the Crap LP. The 3 cover tunes are good and my main motivation for tracking this disc down. I mean anyone who would cover Aerosmith is alright in my book. Jackyl does a admirable job coverin "Nobody's Fault" although they don't realy touch the incredible version that Testament did a few years earlier. Of course the AC/DC song is incredible. Jesse James Dupree already has one of those Bon Scott-like snarls, so he sounds incredible on this song. The live tracks are a nice addition and put the finishing touches on a decent EP.

Choice Cuts Jackyl - Choice Cuts (Geffen) 1998

1. "We're an American Band" (4:32)
2. "Down on Me" (3:59)
3. "When Will It Rain" (4:35)
4. "Locked and Loaded" (3:29)
5. "I Stand Alone" (3:56)
6. "I Am the Walrus" (5:38)
7. "Push Comes to Shove" (2:59)
8. "Headed for Destruction" (5:14)
9. "The Lumberjack" (3:29)
10. "Misery Loves Company" (3:46)
11. "Dixieland" (6:03)
12. "Secret of the Bottle" (5:27)
13. "Dirty Little Mind" [live] (5:06)
14. "Redneck Punk" [live] (3:30)
15. "Mister Can You Spare a Dime" (4:03)

A 'best of' package that is a decent career retrospective of Jackyl up to this point. Personally I am not a fan of packages like this unless they include some unreleased tracks, which this one does. This CD includes three new songs including a redneck cover of Grand Funk's timeless anthem "We're an American Band" and a cover of the Beatles "I Am the Walrus." Only complaint, why wasn't "Cut the Crap" included?

Relentless Jackyl - Relentless (Humidity Records) 2002

1. "If You Want It Heavy (I Weigh a Ton)" (2:22)
2. "I'm on Fire" (3:10)
3. "Kill the Sunshine" (3:31)
4. "Lend Me a Hand" (4:22)
5. "Mr. Evil" (3:47)
6. "Vegas Smile" (3:26)
7. "Heaven Don't Want Me (and Hell's Afraid I'll Take Over)" (4:00)
8. "Down This Road Before" (3:34)
9. "Billy Badass" (2:59)
10. "Sparks from Candy" (3:28)
11. "Curse on You" (4:31)
12. "The More You Hate It" (1:53)

Jackyl has survived the many trends that have come and gone over the last decade by staying true to themselves musically. As such, 'Relentless' is another heavy scorcher of AC/DC meets Blackfoot heavy metal. "Relentless" is more consistent than "Cut the Crap" or "Stayin' Alive." Unlike those two CDs, "Relentless" is a good play from beginning to end. The sleazy, snarly guitar tones, the Southern stomp and boogie along with with Dupree's screech and snarl all add up to an entertaining disc. In my town, "Kill the Sunshine" has been getting regular airplay, which is quite surprising considering that crap like Godsmack and are dominating the airwaves. This song, which was co-written by AC/DC's Brian Johnson and Jesse Dupree and is easily one of the standout cuts on the disc. This song could easily have fit into AC/DC's catalogue as well. Of course it wouldn't be a Jackyl CD without at least one chainsaw solo, and "Relentless" is no exception. Standout tracks are: "If You Want It Heavy," "I'm On FIre," "Kill the Sunshine," "Vegas Smile," "Billy Badass" and "The More You Hate It."

When Moonshine & Dynamite Collide Jackyl - When Moonshine And Dynamite Collide (Mighty Loud) 2010

1. Loads Of Fun (3:26)
2. I Can't Stop (3:21)
3. She's Not A Drug (3:39)
4. My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaine's Ass (3:24)
5. Get Mad At It (2:58)
6. The Overflow Of Love (3:19)
7. When Moonshine And Dynamite Collide (4:25)
8. Just Like A Negro (3:51)
9. Deeper In Darkness (4:19)
10. Freight Train (2:51)
11. Mercedes Benz (1:37)
12. Full Throttle (3:19)

Jeff Woley and Jesse James Dupree

Well, what do you know about that? I thought Jackyl had quietly vanished out of existence, but rock me, roll me, Jackyl is back! Everyone's favorite redneck rockers return with a vengeance in 2010. So what has changed since their last studio album in 2002? To be quite honest, absolutely nothing. The band continues to crank out their sleazy rock and roll like the 1990's never happened. The album starts off with the appropriately titled "Loads of Fun". That is exactly what this band sounds like they are creating, good time, hard rockin', rock and roll. Imagine if Ted Nugent and AC/DC had joined together, this is what that pairing might sound like. "I Can't Stop" is another party anthem. "She's Not A Drug" is easily one of Jackyl's most memorable songs. Had this song been released in 1988-89, it might have been a hit for the band. As it stands, the song and album will probably be ignored by all but the Jackyl faithful. "My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaine's Ass" is a humorous song that embodies that redneck spirit that the band evokes. "Get Mad At It" is another heavy rocker with a big groove and some roaring bass. "Deeper In Darkness" is another monster track and one that rang familiar the moment it played. This is due to the fact that the song had previously been recorded on the bands like album "Night Of The Living Dead". Oddly enough, the title track is not an explosive party anthem, but instead is bluesy, porch swinging, mellower moment, complete with a soulful guitar solo by Jeff Worley. 

 "Just Like A Negro" is sure to cause some fury because of the song title. I am sure some people will want to make a race issue out of the song, but the song is  actually a cover of a song by Mother's Finest, a multi-racial band. Jesse James Dupree and Co. add their own flare to the song, and had I not known better I would have thought it was a Jackyl original. This is the way a cover should be done. "Mercedes Benz" is another cover, a song originally by Janis Joplin. This song is definitely an odd duck as Dupree sings the song a-cappella. It's obviously done as a bit of a joke, but I personally think the song breaks up on otherwise perfect album. The CD ends with "Full Throttle", a song that ties in with Dupree's TV show that I personally have never seen. 

"When Moonshine And Dynamite Collide" is easily one of Jackyl's strongest albums. Had it been the follow-up to their 1992 debut, no one would have been the wiser. This is Jackyl rock and roll. Love it or hate it, this band makes no apologies for what they do and doesn't care what the trend hoppers think. Crank it up and join the party or go home!

Best in Show Jackyl - Best in Show (Fontana) 2012

1.   Best In Show (4:04)
2.   Encore (It Makes My  Bic Dig Her) (3:55)
3.   Screw Driver (4:08)
4.   Horns Up (3:29)
5.   Golden Spooky Tooth (3:30)
6.   Cover Of The Rolling Stone (2:59)
7.   Walk My Mile (5:18)
8.   Favorite Sin (3:17)
9.  Better Than Chicken (2:45)
10. Don't Lay Down On Me (3:58)
11. Eleven (4:31)
12. What I Do (3:10)
13. Open Invitation (2:51)
14. It's Tricky (3:00)


Jackyl are one of those bands whose new albums I buy without hearing a note. Why? Because they always deliver exactly what I expect from them. Jackyl are down and dirty, hard as nails, blue-collar, rock 'n' roll! They are wild, raw and untamed. "Best in Show" is Jackyl's seventh studio album and another hands down winner! Those who are easily offended will most likely be offended here. Jackyl have are known to be more than a little uncouth, and that is certainly the case here. "Better Than Chicken" with the lyric, “I like poontang better than chicken” will send many running  for the hills. It's not exactly subtle. If that's not enough to scare away the timid, songs like "Screw Driver" and "Encore (It Makes My Bic Dig Her) should do the trick. Cheesy? Absolutely! Cheesy is what Jackyl do best. Lactose intolerant folk should steer clear.

As usual the sound falls somewhere between AC/DC and Black Oak Arkansas, with Jesse James Dupree's vocals out front and center.  Musically, this album is as good as, or possibly even better than "When Moonshine And Dynamite Collide", which I thought was a fantastic record as well. The album opens with three songs that are easily some of the band's finest anthems. "Best in Show" rocks hard, while "Encore" and "Screw Driver" are fist pounding songs that are sure to find their place in Jackyl's set list. "Horns Up" is another song that is guaranteed to be a concert favorite with it's call to "show us your horns, throw up your horns." "Golden Spookytooth" has that classic Jackyl feel as well and gets the blood flowing. Overall, the entire disc is solid with killer guitars compliments of Jeff Worley.

The band do two remakes, a cover of Dr. Hook’s “Cover of the Rolling Stone,” complete with Queen "We Will Rock You" style drum beat. The band just owns this song, making it their own complete with a chain-saw solo. The introduction of the chain-saw and an instrument on the band's debut and in concert is one of the band's many trademarks. The other cover is Run DMC's "It's Tricky", a collaboration of Jackyl with Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC fame. While this song is a bit out of place, it's placed at the end of the album as a bonus track. Having grown up in the 80's, I'm actually a fan of Run DMC's "Raising Hell" album, so this song was a nice addition, though I can understand how some fans many not care for this cover.

The Best Buy version of the disc has two bonus tracks, "What I Do" and "Open Invitation". "Open Invitation" has a bit of history to it. The song was Jackyl’s response to the 9/11 attacks and was not intended to be commercially released due to the band's intention to not profit from them. "Open Invitation" was given to select radio stations for inclusion on compilation discs to sell in raising funds for the Red Cross. Immediately following the tragedy, it was made available as a free download, which caused Mindspring to fine the band for crashing the company's server. The song is the only track to chart on Mediabase that was not released as a commercial single. The meat of the song a "I hate you Bin Laden" chant.

The version sold at Best Buy also contains a bonus DVD that contains  a 90 minute retrospective of Jackyl’s twenty year career, interview footage of each band member, as well as a roundtable-style discussion. It also features three music videos that have never been seen before ("Screwdriver", "Better Than Chicken", and "It’s Tricky").

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