JUNKYARD: Sixes, Sevens & Nines CD 1991 ORIGINAL USA GEFFEN CD GEFD-24372 OUT OF PRINT. Good Time US Hard Rock. Check videos!!


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“Sixes, Sevens and Nines” was released with Ed Stasium (The Ramones, Soul Asylum, The Smithereens, Living Colour, Motörhead) producing a heavier more “pure/punk” sound. The lead single “All the time in the World” made it to #24 on the Billboard US Main Rock charts and was on heavy rotation at MTV. “Misery Loves Company” (directed by Mark Racco) was another single (and video) that was shot while we were on the road with Lynyrd Skynyrd. We also collaborated with master tunesmith Steve Earle on the final single “Slipping’ Away.”
A few cool things we got to do during this period was tour Great Britain (with The Almighty) and prior to the release of “Sixes, Sevens and Nines” our close friend Riki Rachtman let us take over “Headbangers Ball” to broadcast from our record release party held in West Hollywood. Also a summer US tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd! Before we knew it we were back in the studio working on that elusive 3rd release.
This review pretty much sums it up:
Junkyard’s 1991 sophomore release, Sixes, Sevens & Nines is head and shoulders above the band’s self-titled debut. Unlike Junkyard, Sixes, Sevens & Nines benefits from a punchy Ed Stasium production and mix that captures the band in all its ragged glory. If Junkyard’s sound wasn’t defined on its freshman outing, the band veers into full-on Lynyrd Skynyrd/AC/DC territory on this baby. – John Franck
These days only a few songs are played live from this release. “Back On the Streets”, “Misery Loves Company”, “Clean the Dirt” (Tex and the Horseheads cover) and “Lost In the City.”




Label: Geffen Records ‎– GEFD-24372
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 28 May 1991
Style: Hard Rock
Year: 1991
Back On The Streets 3:49
All The Time In The World 4:10
Give The Devil His Due 3:54
Slippin’ Away 5:26
Nowhere To Go But Down 4:28
Misery Loves Company 4:12
Throw It All Away 3:10
Killing Time 6:53
Clean The Dirt 3:57
Lost In The City 3:33

The band was signed by Geffen Records in January 1988, with a self-titled Tom Werman-produced debut album issued in 1989, described by Allmusic as incorporating “elements of Southern rock, boogie-woogie, and AC/DCism into one compact sound”. This was followed two years later by Sixes Sevens & Nines, produced by Ed Stasium and featuring contributions from Steve Earle. Anthony left the band shortly before the release of the second album amid drug problems, to be replaced by Todd Muscat.

David Roach – vocals
Chris Gates – guitar
Brian Baker – guitar
Clay Anthony – bass
Patrick Michael Muzingo – drums

Additional Musicians:
Steve Earl – guitar
Kevin Savigar – piano and hammond organ (3 & 10)
Pinky Greenstamps – background vocals (2, 4 & 6)
Suber Superius – background vocals (2, 4 & 6)

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great bar bands,
The early ’90s were filled with great bar bands. Some called them hair bands, some were glam bands, but one thing was for sure – you and your buddies were in for a great Saturday night when you could hear real live bands, drink real beer, and just rock. Heavy on the guitar, catchy riffs and lines, this album is heavy on the good times. ‘All the time in the world,’ ‘Nowhere to go but down’ and ‘Misery loves company’ are the standouts on this album. If you cut your teeth on ’80s and ’90s pre-Nirvana music, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. Otherwise remember, “misery loves company, but don’t drag me down with you.”

5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD more people should have!!,
An excellent CD that any rock fan would like. The songs are fun at times, then they slow down and make you think. Highly recommended, I bought this on a whim and do not regret it at all. Junkyards first release off of their second album “Sixes, Sevens and Nines” is a song about having to deal with someones constant complaining about how tough things are and constantly looking for sympathy.

5.0 out of 5 stars
So Junkyards debut disc didn’t go platinum. So what! And they didn’t become rock-stars. Who cares?! Another hard-luck story? Kind-of. But what really counts is what these guys laid down in the studio that will last forever. And this album is awesome. In fact, I think its even better than their 1st. No fluff. No filler. Just straight-up, blues driven’, good time bar-room rock. Lotsa sleaze. Lots of snarl. A touch of anger. And a heart of gold. All ten tracks are incredible. You just can’t turn that knob far enough or get it loud enough. From “Back on the Streets” all the way through to “Lost in the City,” Junkyard deliver in spades. Great band. Great look & logo. Great songs. Just never quite reached the masses. No bother. All fans of this type of music will love this disc. Be it Rhino Bucket, Circus of Power, The Four Horsemen, The Black Crowes, etc., if the bands I listed above “do it” for you, then so will Junkyard & this record. Don’t just download it. Get out there & buy it. You need a hard copy in your hot little hand. You know you do!

5.0 out of 5 stars Junkyard kiddies,
They are one of lost southern true rock band, anyone would enjoy this and anything from them from that matter, too bad at the time the band came out, the thing
that was big was glamrock, or bubblegum rock…
no matter this band know how to put the music down and make it a art form..true southern treasure Dave roach.. the singer let you know what rocking a crowd is about not to mention Brian Baker old’ schools punk guitarist makes you rethink rock at its best!

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.


After discovering just how good the self-titled debut Junkyard album really was a couple months back, I figured I didn’t want to wait too long before hearing what their second album had to offer me as well.

If I was expecting Junkyard to sort of ease into things I was quickly disabused of that notion. The album’s opening cut “Back on the Streets” has a killer pacing to start off the song and that is melded together with a catchy hook filled delivery as the band seemingly goes for broke right from the get-go.

The next song up is “All The Time in the World” and while the song isn’t delivered in quite the same breakneck speed style, there is still an extremely quick moving tempo here. And the song’s chorus really grabs you. The guitar solo on the song is fantastic and singer David Roach continues to surprise the hell out of me. (All that time not hearing the Junkyard albums is really biting me in the butt once again!)

While there is always a bluesy type of feel to Junkyard’s brand of hard rock, the song “Give The Devil His Due” brings that swinging rhythmic blues-driven feel more to the forefront of the song. I could feel my foot start bouncing in rhythmic time to the music and I love when a song can make this totally lacking in any kind of rhythm guy feel like I could somehow move in time to the music.

“Slippin’ Away” (not to be confused with the Dokken song of the same or at least similar name) is much slower at the start. Not quite a ballad delivery, but it has that kind of storytelling country music vibe even with the harder rock edge coming in here and there throughout the song. The lyrical content is excellent. I know that I usually prefer the more rocking type of song but this track was just flat out superb. You can wrap yourself up in the music as the song transports you into the world it creates with each note and lyric line.

The first side of the album comes to a close with the full bore rocker “Nowhere To Go But Down”. The music hits you square out of the gate and then Roach’s vocals hit you all over again! It is yet another song that will grab ahold of you and not let go until the final note. The lyrical content makes it seem like Roach and/or the band is admonishing some repeated ne’er do well or something. Just a damn entertaining track.

As for the second side of Sixes, Sevens & Nines, the song “Misery Loves Company” kicks things off in an interesting fashion. You’ve got a hard rocking soundtrack that is deepened by the inclusion of a piano track that makes everything else sound that much more lively. According to the liner notes on the cassette, the piano (and Hammond organ) is played by musician Kevin Savigar. His playing gives this song a great little boogie-woogie sound to it. Incredible to say the least!

The piano goes away for the song “Throw It All Away”. That track has pretty much all sharp edges to it. At first I thought there was kind of sneer in how the vocals came across but that ended up being a figment of my imagination. Instead, Junkyard just bulldozes through the song giving listeners yet another song that will let them raise their fists and yell.

There’s a more deliberate delivery on the song “Killing Time”. It’s nearly seven minutes long and the kind of swamp rock music vibe rolls over you like a slow moving river. As the song heads into the chorus, the music does get a bit more of a jolt which gives the song an added edge but it works just about as perfectly as you could hope for.

The slightly country sounding tinge returns in the beginning of the song “Clean The Dirt”. It’s a rather spare musical soundtrack to start the song off with the guitar and vocals pretty much alone in the forefront, the drums come in a bit later and at first they are almost muted (or pushed way down in the mix), but then the band comes in full for the song’s chorus before going back to the slower delivery. That tempo switch continues throughout the song and makes for a very interesting track to listen to.

The album ending track “Lost in the City” has its foot on the gas from the first note of the song. It aims for straight between your eyes and finds the mark easily enough. Just a resoundingly uptempo way to end the album. It plays almost as a final victory lap in my head because it finishes off a rather superb album that has just rocked me back on my heels with just how good it is.

One thing I can definitely say after hearing the two Junkyard albums is that the next time they are in my area (or at least close enough that I can drive there and back), I’m going to have to go see them live. The studio material is just incredible and now I have a serious hankering to see how it translates live. Sixes, Sevens & Nines once again confirms that I’ve done myself a great disservice to have waited so long to get into Junkyard and that I now have a lot of catching up to do!

NOTES OF INTEREST: Guitarist Chris Gates and singer David Roach co-wrote each of the tracks. There were only two other co-writing credits with one of those being Steve Earle. He co-wrote (and sang backing vocals on) the song “Slippin’ Away” with Gates and Roach. He also added background vocals on the songs “Misery Loves Company” and “All The Time in the World”.

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