THE JONESES - Criminal History

THE JONESES Criminal history 2000 SFTRI 320 kbps
Pill box / Graveyard rock / Criminals / Fix me / White and pretty / Crocodile rock / MS. 714 / I'm bad / She's so filthy / Black cat bone / Looks so good / I wanna buy you a ring / Tits and champagne / Your cheatin' heart / Steamin' / Route 66 / 1 -2 - 3 (unreleased) / Teenage breakdown /Big boy /You can't come .
The Joneses : Jeff Drake, Steve Houston (vocals, guitar) / Steve Olson (vocals, bass guitar) / Rhys Williams (guitar) / Greg Kuehn (piano) / Mitch Dean (drums).
One of the last of the great "loud and snotty" REAL trashy glam rock'n'roll bands who WERE 100% authentic were Hollywood's Joneses. The Joneses really did have that raunchy, fifties rhythm and blues stilletto appeal that always informed the REAL Johnny Thunders. Whiney, brattish, sneering vocals, yearning high-lonesome for another fix, scuzzy dueling guitars shades of the greats, horny piano pounding worthy of Jerry Lee or Little Richard, catchy choruses that you could never be certain about-was he singin' about dope or chicks? Either/both/probably dope, mostly.Jeff Drake was a total white Chuck Berry/Hank Williams Sr./Johnny Thunders style street fightin' dandy. A diamond geezer. A Gentleman Gangster of the Old West. The Genuine Article. Born in Anaheim, and raised in Merced, California, Jeff absorbed a steady stream of Elvis and country music from his Pa and later dug the stomping British glam he heard on the radio. Jeff Drake's scorchin' brand of rhinestone junkie cowpunk has been an influence on not only all them lousy Sunset Strip bands who copped the whole cowboy glam and creepers look from him and the Clash and Andy McCoy and Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Keith Richards and Gram Parsons, but his look and sound have also left their whine-stain on loads of the best underground rock bands we got left out here in the shanties of Jonestown. Bands like American Heartbreak and the Dragons. The Chamber Strings and the Saviors.Slow Motorcade and New Romantics. From the Hangmen to the Humpers. A lost generation of FLASH METAL OUTLAWS all owe a toast to the original "rocknroll bankrobber", JEFF DRAKE and his ragged lot of scarvey ramblin' men.
THE HOLLYWOOD JONESES first made their splash in the early eighties by appearing on some much-beloved hardcore punk compilations and by being the stand-out track. Their seemingly ill-conceived appearances alongside all the testosterone crazed hardcore surfer bands was appropriate in a way, however, because the early 80's Orange Co. punk scene nurtured Jeff's glitterbilly revival right alongside all the Thrasher aggression skatepunk bands, and Drake goes back like a rocking chair with cats like Duane Peters and Steve Olson. After getting the sack from the purist Aristocats ("Not Howdy Doody enough") Drake put together the early Joneses with people like Olson and Ron Emory (T.S.O.L.) and Paul "Mars" Black (Mau-Maus, L.A. Guns)and developed a rabid club following playing with groups like Social Distortion, TSOL, and the Blasters. They were always going through line-up changes with former members returning to the group from time to time, and their pianist going off to fame and fortune with Johnny Rotten and Bob Dylan. Chicks, pills, booze,drugs, family feuds, all the usual perils of rock'n'roll decadence. Danny Sugarman managed 'em for awhile but everybody was deep into heroin and all the major labels were "gun-shy", in spite of starting to court all the fake junkie glam rock "guns" bands. All their records are essential, collectors item, must-own artifacts, with singles fetching $75 and I know Bleeker Bob's probably still got "Keeping Up With THE JONESES" in a plastic sleeve on the wall for like $150. Even their earliest songs like "Pillbox" and "Criminals" and "She's So Filthy" still get covered by greasy kid punk bands from coast to coast. Though widely renowned for their pulse-hastening rave-up originals, the JONESES also always had exquisite taste in covers: "Chip Away". "Crocodile Rock". "Your Cheatin' Heart". and J.D.'s been threatening to record a Bowie "Pin-Ups" style cover record for years now if Long Gone John from Sympathy can ever pry his lips way from Jack White's ass long enough to pony-up some of that precious studio-time.

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THE JONESES Criminal history 320 kbps + complete covers

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Anonyme a dit…

bonjour, les JONESES sont avec les LONDON COWBOYS et les HOLLYWOOD BRATS LES PLUS BELLES "FILLES" des NEWYORK DOLLS. vos goûts sont vraimentexquis!
mais je désire savoir si les versions
de I wanna buy you a ring / Tits and champagne / Your cheatin' heart / Steamin' / Route 66 de cet album sont identiques à celles de "Tits and champagne". merci à vous Mister RAMBLER ET a great big kiss.

vex_voxtone a dit…

If there was ever a band with attitude, The Joneses were one with the capital A ... playing straight in your head RNR and carrying the New York Dolls’ torch more so than any other band claiming to be influenced by them. They’ve also been credited with influencing the style, both look and sound, of the LA Sunset Strip and I’m sure that both Axl Rose and Nikki Sixx have some Joneses records somewhere in their collections. Thanx a million for this one bro and I hope your next post will be "Keeping up with the joneses" ;)))


vex-voxtone , thanks for(all) the comments !!!
Thierry , les versions des chansons dont tu parles sont les mêmes en sachant quand même que les versions extraites de "Criminal History" proviennent d'un cd et les autres d'un mini lp 6 titres dont le son, même si le disque est neuf , est passé par Magix pour être nettoyé des craquements , sifflements ou autres cliquetis !
Merci pour tous tes commentaires !

Anonyme a dit…

merci pour vos renseignements Mister RAMBLER et cet EP de RADIO BIRDMAN est une "bénédiction"

JoeMeat a dit…

Thanks a lot mean! I love this band! And I've been looking for "Sons of Guns" for months, you seem to read my mind!!! If you could post the "Keeping up.." album by The Joneses would be great... GREATEST!!! D'you know The Professionals by Steve Jones & Paul Cook. I think you'll love it. I'll send it if you want! Keep on rockin' and thanks again!!

Anonyme a dit…

real rock and roll!!!
sons of the Dolls...et
les big brothers of guns'n' roses

deathfoot a dit…

thanks a lot! somehow I always seem to end up at this site. I was searchin for stuff by the Joneses for a while and lo and behold! here it is again. Back in the day I was more into the "testosterone crazed Surfer bands" that shared comps with the Joneses but after listening to those recs. again I was like - wait, this is awesome, who were those guys?

I really appreciate the effort in this blog! big up!


Thanks for the positive comments deathfoot !
The Joneses were a great but sadly underated rockin' band !
Full Breach Kicks records has just remastered this cd with bonus ! You can find it also in vinyl (2xlp).
Jeff Drake (vocals,guitar) stills plays ... a dvd will be out soon on F.B.K rcds .

Anonyme a dit…

A lot of people criticize GnR and Motley Crue for being Joneses rip-offs, but Appetite For Destruction and Too Fast For Love are both kick-ass albums.

Sure, the Joneses deserved to be more successful than 99% of the other "LA hair bands" from the 1980s, but what can you do? That's life.

Anyway, I could listen to "Pillbox" a hundred times in a row. Thanks for posting this. I loaned my Joneses SFRTI cd out years ago and never got it back.