Jones Crusher


Jones Crusher

Jones Crusher - Jones Crusher ©1998 Cold Front Records
1. Mamasita
2. On The Run
3. Frederick
4. Gone Away
5. What Do I Get?
6. Get Off The Grass
7. On Your Own
8. In My Head
9. The Doctor
10. Mexican Radio

Jones Crusher's self titled CD is a surprising little punk rock affair that is all about rocking out and playing with not but enthusiasm and energy. The band has its roots firmly in the land of the Ramones mixed with an older NYC rock'n'roll swagger that works quite well. These ten songs whip right by quickly, but do the job of making you want to get on your feet, flip your natty bangs into a pompadour and tear up a rug or two. The drumming is actually the best thing this band has going for it as Dan F. Heltz has that highly necessary ability to add a sense of driving force into the music, pushing it forward rather than just holding down the beat. Most amusing is the cover of Wall of Voodoo's "Mexican Radio". While I still think Celtic Frost's cover was easily the most irreverant, this one comes quite close. Regardless, this short little CD has a lot of attitude and rock'n'roll fun going for it. Old school punkers and kids who still worship the Rock are formally requested to search out this disc.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 11/1999

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Blue Collar Stories

Jones Crusher - Blue Collar Stories ©2002 Aural Island
1. The Jones Crusher
2. Naughty Boy
3. Grandpa Down The Stairs
4. She Loves Me
5. Cover Up
6. Drag It
7. Short Song
8. Family Guy
9. Screwed Up
10. I Am The Android
11. I Fell Asleep At The Grateful Dead Show
12. Dead
13. Too Fat To Rock And Roll

On the latest Jones Crusher release, we find this NYC band throwing around their garage, loose-fittin' punk with varying degrees of interest. Featuring some rather deliberately stoopid lyrics that unfortuantely lack the cleverness to work, Blue Collar Stories is an album of limited appeal. The band's approach to punk isn't without merit as they blend a certain amount of Agent Orange styled surf rock with a very upbeat, punky tempo and garage band feel. However, many of the songs slip on by without really impacting the listener, unless, of course, one bothers to note some of the incredibly dumb lyrics. I'm not sure if the band is just trying to be silly, actually is silly, or are trying to emulate early Vandals, but frankly many of the lyrics do not work out. I'm certainly not expecting Walt Whitman or even coffeehouse poetry, but "You made your dad look like a fool/when you poo-pooed on the bar stool" from "Naughty Boy" isn't exactly going to win any profound lyrics contests this year.

Despite some of the shortcomings of the album, Blue Collar Stories may still appeal to fans of rocking punk that doesn't have the slick, ear-friendly vibe of certain better known poppunk bands currently inhabiting the scene. The band's enthusiasm remains strong and I do get the impression this band kicks out the jams most impressively in a live setting.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/2002

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