Junkyard built on this reputation in the sweaty, beer-soaked dive bars of East Hollywood. In a city awash in a sea of hairspray, lipstick and power ballads their appeal was immediate, and after a show with Jane’s Addiction at L.A.’s legendary Scream Club, Geffen Records pounced.
The band’s self-titled debut was released in 1989 to significant acclaim. Dubbed “a swaggering mutation of Motörhead and ZZ Top,” it garnered rave reviews (including four stars from Rolling Stone) and yielded sales in excess of half a million units. Both its singles, “Hollywood” and “Simple Man,” received major MTV airplay, with “Simple Man” hitting #47 on the Billboard rock chart.
The next year, Junkyard released its sophomore album, “Sixes, Sevens and Nines.” Produced by Ed Stasium (Motörhead, Ramones), the album featured songwriting collaboration with country legend Steve Earle (“Slippin’ Away”). A tour of England with The Almighty followed, as well as a North American arena tour opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd.
After the success of their first two albums, Junkyard went back to the drawing board for what was to be their third release, but changing musical tastes led to recording upsets and Junkyard disbanded. In 2014, Geffen re-released Junkyard’s first two albums and the band was once again in demand.
Format: 12 INCH (12″ VINYL)
Description: 4 TRACK (GEF53T) PIC SLEEVE, EX/EX
BLOOZE LP VERSION,
SHOT IN THE DARK LP VERSION
HALLELUJAH I LOVE HER SO (unreleased song!)
[Brian Baker was in Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, and is currently in Bad Religion]
Label: Geffen Records – GEF 53 T
Format: Vinyl, 12″
Genre: hard Rock
A1 Hollywood 2:59
A2 Blooze 3:49
B1 Shot In The Dark 3:32
B2 Hallelujah, I Love Her So 3:35 (unreleased song!)
Junkyard, a hard rock band formed in LA in 1989, never really got the recognition they deserved. After a short-lived career, they disbanded by 1992. ‘Hollywood’ was the first song I heard from them, and it remains today one of my all-time favourite fun rock tracks of the era. Definitely worth looking up.