KERRANG – No.235 1989 KREATOR on cover filming video clip: Athens (Gr), Queensryche, Danzig, Deathwish, Junkyard, Guns’n’Roses, Deathwish, Blue Murder, Kingdom Come & Slash / Guns N’Roses
KERRANG number 235
Date of issue: Apr 22 1989
Cover – Kreator
Fish – 0.5pg photo w/news
Glenn Danzig – 3 pg interview w/photos
Junkyard – 2pg interview w/photo
Kingdom Come – 1 pg review w/photos
Blue Murder (John Sykes) – 0.5pg review w/photo
Queensryche – 5 pg interview w/photos
Deathwish – 1.5pg interview w/photo
Guns N Roses – 3 pg interview w/photos
Poison/Tesla – 1 pg live review w/photos
Jeff Healey – 0.5pg live review w/photo
Kreator – 4 pg interview w/photos
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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.