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Jackyl

Biography

No band in the history of rock 'n' roll has been as famous for employing a chainsaw as Jackyl is -- and the fame all comes from one song, "The Lumberjack," the lead single from the Georgia boogie-metal fivesome's 1992 debut album. On record, in the video and live, scraggly screamer Jesse James Dupree would get his big tool going and let 'er rip, chopping up various wooden objects while sawing along to the band's noisy wallop. The track was the first of several middling rock radio successes for the band -- two of which, 1992's "Down on Me" and 1994's "Push Comes to Shove," hit the Mainstream Rock Top 10 chart. Inspired by blues-based '70s butt-rock dawgs like AC/DC, Black Oak Arkansas and Ted Nugent (whom they would eventually tour with), Jackyl formed in Georgia in 1990, and were scooped up by Geffen as part of a wave of next-generation boogie throwbacks signed in the wake of early success by the Cult, Black Crowes and Guns N' Roses. Despite a confused perception by grunge fans that they were a hair metal act, Jackyl continued to pick up modest airplay through most of the '90s. They've put out only a few studio albums since, but Dupree is said to still enjoy chainsaws.
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