10 - The Michigan Daily - Weekend etc. - Thursday, December 8, 1994
Jackyl is politically incorrect with their wild a
By BRIAN A. GNATT
The redneck rock band Jackyl has
only been around for a few years, but
has stirred up enough controversy in
this politically correct world to last a
lifetime. Between arrests, bomb
threats and "Playgirl" photo shoots,
Jackyl puts on one of the most electri-
fying shows in rock 'n' roll today.
Probably the most unrestrainable
rock band since Guns N' Roses, Jackyl
have a knack for being as outrageous
and offensive as possible.
"Jackyl are the kings of the politi-
cally incorrect," raved Dupree, who
previously did a live photo shoot on
stage for "Playgirl."
"Music is leaning so far to politi-
cally correct crap," Jackyl guitarist
Jeff Worley said in an interview Sun-
day, before opening'for Aerosmith at
The Palace of Auburn Hills. "I have
nothing against the new music. I like
punk, and I like attitude music, but I
don't like the media's way to make it
out like it's something new. I like
Green Day, I think they're bad, but
they're not as bad as The Ramones;
they're not as bad as the goddamned
Sex Pistols, or anybody who'd done it
before them. I also like country and
funk. If it sounds good, I like it. If
something sucks, then it sucks and I
don't like it. It ain't because of who
they are or where they're from, or
what color they are, or what they
smell like, or any other reason."
With influences ranging from
James Brown to the Reverend Horton
Heat and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jackyl's
music is an interesting combination
of all different kinds of musical styles.
"Jackyl - a pack of dogs. That's
where the name comes from. It ain't
just something we thought of off the
top of our heads. We sleep on the
floor, step all over each other. We're
just modern-day, damn cowboys,"
This year has been very good to
Jackyl. Besides the release of their
second album, "Push Comes to
Shove," touring with Aerosmith and
ZZ Top, and rocking a few hundred
thousand people at Woodstock '94,
their popularity has been growing.
"The reason we played
(Woodstock) was to make people
aware of Jackyl in thatlineupof bands,
because we think we're as good or
wilder than any one of them. In this
state of the music business now, things
being so alternative leaning, people
are forgetting about regular rock-n-
roll, which won't go away. We just
chose it forJackyl awareness day. We
don't dance as well as Salt-N-Pepa,
but we'll jam all night." Worley said.
With their growing popularity
from opening for musical greats and
also their sold out headlining shows,
band members have been getting used
to life as rock stars.
"It's great and it's horrible,"
Worley said. "How many people have
to get up in the morning and look out
your front window and see people
peeking in and jumping before you
brush your teeth."
"Eyes and hair matted together,
and shit," added guitarist Jimmy Stiff.
"It's not 'Could I get an autograph,'
or 'Hello,' it's 'Sign This!"'screeched
Stiff in his southern drawl. "'Please,
please, get a picture.' All right, let me
scratch the pepper off my tooth."
A recent Jackyl controversy was a
billboard put up in Nashville, which
pictures Dupree shooting a full moon.
"We ride around L.A. on Sunset
Strip, and you see more country people
up on billboards selling their albums,
so we thought let's do rock one,"
Worley said. "A friend of ours at a
ntics and power tools
radiostation talked Jesse intoit.Some- You do one little move, and ..."
times poor Jesse's thrown into these "This one guy was closingt
situationsanddoes weird shit. There's club, and he said 'I want y'all to p
a lot of times when he does it on his the closing weekend,' and Jesse ac
own. We egg him on, but we'll take ally cutthe ceiling out overourhea
the blame with him." Boom! Right there all over our hea
Still,Jackylisprobably bestknown People took pictures, and it look
for the use of the chainsaw in their awesome! That was right beforeN
music. Dupree is sponsored by a got signed," Worley recalled.
chainsaw manufacturer, and cuts up In these days of big arena tou
things on stage. Jackyl isn't cutting out the ceili
"The chainsaw started by Jesse's anymore, but they still keep the shoe
dad going 'Damn, y'all make a lot of exciting. Dupree's microphone sta
racket, might as well take a chainsaw is an actual working 12-gauge s
up there,' So we were like 'Hey.' So gun, which he fires blanks from.Ot
we used to use it to make aracket, and crowd pleasers include Dupree pu
tearupa building,"Worley said."The ing his pants down and fan favori
clubs would pack out, and people from Jackyl's debut, "Down On M
would go crazy. When we went into and "She Loves My Cock."
the studio, we asked Brendan O'Brien "People still want to go out,t
our producer if we should do this now that their money's tight, t
chainsaw shit, and he said 'Look, don't know if they'll get their mone
drop the song, and add words to the worth. Well, we will give you yo
chainsaw. Jesse went five minutes money's worth," promised Worl
and came back, we recorded it and "It might not be the best music you
that's what you hear-'The Lumber- ever heard, but it'll be enough eni
jack Song."' tainment that you'll laugh, you pro
"Backin the clubdays,Jesse would ably won't cry, you'll probablyc
carve in the ceiling, andjust weird crazy from laughing, tears will come to ye
crap," Worley said. "Actually, in the eyes, it'll be loud, you'll be beat, a
club days, we were twice as wild as we when you go home, you'll sleep.I
are now, and neverused to getin trouble. rock 'n' roll. If you want to go out
Now, it's just blown out of proportion. be serious, go to a god damn classi
The photo from Jackyl's controversial billboard. What an ass Dupree is.
guitarist concert, sit down, and don't
applaud until he's through," Jeff said.
"That's the rudest f-word in the '90s
"Everybody should go on out and
buy a Jackyl CD, regardless," sug-
gested Stiff. "Even if it sucks, you can
go to the damn hobby shop and get*
one of them little clock motors for 30
cents, and it'll make a killer little
clock, and you ain't gotta listen to the
piece of shit."
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