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Jones Street: Out Of The Gutter
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Jones Street: Out Of The Gutter

Heavy Metal Rock
4.0/5.0

Eonian Records brings us another long-forgotten band from the classic hard rock and metal days of the Eighties Sunset Strip. Hailing from LA, Jones Street was another struggling contender for the fame and fortune which was so elusive in those days. For some of my additional thoughts on those days, check out my review of another Eonian release: Charlotte's latest self-titled archival album.

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With one look at the album cover (click the above image), Jones Street is a sign of the times, a dead giveaway, of what was happening in the late Eighties or so. The fellow on the left has a hand band like Axl; the fellow on the opposite right side looks like a clone of that famous guitarist. What was his name? Flash, Mash, oh yeah, Slash. Just messin' with you. So, you ask, Jones Street sounds like, is a poorman's, wannabe GnR? Perhaps. However, every band was trying to mimic and capitalize, all the time, on what was popular and monetarily successful. While at the same trying to sound original. That may sound jaded or dismissive, but you can't ignore it.

Nevertheless, the simple fact of the matter for Jones Street is this: though they crafted an image and songs from motifs of the current musical day, they were vigorously attempting their own identity and so making some good tunes. I would also add, while their band image my suggest otherwise, Jones Street took the same said genre and crafted some fine heavy metal rock. If anything they experimented ambitiously with hard hitting, metal-infused, hard rock tunes. You'll hear this straight away with Dancin' With The Devil, but also later with Take Your Love, Razor To My Wrist, or We Won't Be Forgotten (maybe, or not). Alternatively, Fuck Authority has three elements: metal edge, rock groove, and punk attitude. Thieves Of Love has some significant blues tones as it develops into a tough metal anthem. Then, What Comes Around ventures into realms of an upbeat radio-friendly rocker like Ratt's Round And Round. But the song is heavier and tougher and so, in a street fight, my money would be on Jones Street to kick's Ratt's collective asses like an end-of-the-movie Arnold Schwarzenegger ballistic shitstorm.

Most things considered, if you love your late Eighties Sunset Strip hard rock much more tough, metalish, fast and heavy, and bit punkish, then you need to consider and listen to the archival recording from Jones Street, Out Of The Gutter. Recommended if you want to rock out and bust the balls of some hair band posers at the same time.




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The Take Away

If you love your late Eighties Sunset Strip hard rock much more tough, metalish, fast and heavy, and bit punkish, then you need to consider and listen to the archival recording from Jones Street's Out Of The Gutter. Recommended if you want to rock out and bust the balls of some hair band posers at the same time.

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