Jackyl Biography

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Birth Place: Kennesaw, Georgia
Years Active: 1990 – present
Genres: Southern Metal, Southern Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal


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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