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Artist: Jackyl

Title: Push Comes to Shove

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Jackyl Push Comes to Shove Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1994

Label: Geffen

Catalog Number: gefc 24710


Jesse James Dupree vocals
Tom Bettini bass
Jimmy Stiff guitar
Chris Worley drums
Jeff Worley guitar
The album contains a ballad (Secret of the Bottle), which the lead singer said they would never record. The lead singer posed nude for Playgirl photos at a concert in support of this album.


1.  Push Comes to Shove  
2.  Headed for Destruction  
3.  My Life  
4.  I Could Never Touch You Like You Do  
5.  Dixieland   
6.  I Want It  
7.  Private Hell  
8.  I Am the I Am  
9.  Secret of the Bottle  
10.  Rock-A-Ho  
11.  Back Down in the Dirt  
12.  Chinatown  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: jason Date: June 8, 2002 at 18:42
If you notice at the top of this page, the thing about a ballad........ If you read the inside the CD it tells you that "Secret of the Bottle" is NOT a ballad. Jesse (the singer) says that it's a "country song." And a damn good one at that! Check it out!

From: jason Date: June 8, 2002 at 18:45
Also, Jackyl has two other albums aswell. Cut The Crap (1997) and Stayin' Alive (1998). Well, they also have a greatest hits album too.

From: JERRY Date: July 17, 2002 at 13:42
I love this album!! This is some great stuff!! I love "Private Hell", and "Rock-A-HO"

From: The Fizzy One Date: September 29, 2002 at 16:20
jason, they also havea excellent live album from '96, called Night of the Living Dead. It's on a small label though and apparently hard to find. I've only seen it in the store the one time, the day I bought it. Great live album, one of the best out there. Another correction, Jesse's impromptu photo shoot took place onstage in long Beach, CA, in support of the FIRST album. The story gets bigger and more involved each time Jesse tells it.

From: Buster Date: October 16, 2002 at 22:55
This album is one of the best hard rock albums I've ever heard. Very consistently good and much better than their self titled CD. A "must have".

From: The Fizzy One Date: December 29, 2002 at 5:17
Okay, just got this one on CD yesterday, and I must say the production sucks. Bruce Fairbairn, may he rest in peace, wasn't the best producer for this job. He takes almost all the snarl out of the guitars, some of the whack out of the drums, and pushes Jesse's sometimes annoying voice to the forefront. My main beef is with the guitars though. I much prefer the self-titled (a perfect 10) or the new one 9which I'll submit sometime soon). The Fizzpicks: 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, and the humor of 12.

From: Gar Date: January 29, 2003 at 23:43
This one was better than the first. They still borrow heavily from AC/DC, but this time its not as blatant. The songs are a little more distinct, as opposed to the first, and the lyrics are more original. I was pleasantly surprised.

From: FM Date: February 17, 2003 at 13:48
I love this one, straight-ahead southern hard rock, with humorous lyrics, catchy riffs and hard blues guitars. I actually like the production, too. Jesse is great for this kind of music! "Night of the living dead" is indeed another great album, very enjoyable and very much "live", I mean no overdubs and stuff like that, just plain, kickass rock'n'roll the way it should be played! Cool

From: John Date: September 23, 2003 at 16:59
They took some chances on this album getting away from the sound of the debut. But man...that opening track opens a can of whoop ass that can't be stopped. 'Secret Of The Bottle' sums it all up as far as why men drink. 7.5/10.

From: love metal Date: July 21, 2004 at 19:27
I liked this album but not as much as the first, loved about 4 songs, liked about 4, 3 was OK, and hated "I am the I am".

From: Desslar Date: July 24, 2004 at 4:45
This is like a mirror image of the first album - this time Side A sucks, but Side B is pretty good. Not as heavy as the first album.

From: Metal Jay Date: August 3, 2004 at 19:50
I thought first album was better. Nothing stands out for me on this one.

From: hardrockr40 Date: October 24, 2004 at 21:20
I love Jackyl. Would anyone like to do some trading for this disc?

From: Geoff Date: February 1, 2005 at 23:31
I prefer the debut, but this is almost as good. They kept the same style and both albums are very good for what they are. Me personally - neither blew me away and I don't play them often, but as I say - they did what they did well. Good ballsy hard rock.

From: Rycheage Date: September 21, 2007 at 22:14
Very AC/DC like on the straight ahead hard rock. This is just very samey, with nothing that really stands out and grabs the listener. Not bad but forgettable at the same time.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 17, 2009 at 20:03
Noticeably more southern and laid-back than the debut, with some slower tunes and kind of a less agressive production, and a couple songs that just are just bad ("This Is My Life," "I Am The I Am"). Still, the title track is one of the band's best songs, "Secret Of The Bottle" is the only one of their so-called country songs to really work well. Other highlights are the typical Jackyl of "Private Hell," "Rock-A-Ho" and "Back Down In The Dirt," "Headed For Destruction," and the swampy, lazy "Dixieland."

From: WookieEnthal Date: July 10, 2009 at 4:49
Not quite what I was expecting after the great first release. What a downer

From: pie75 Date: July 15, 2010 at 7:22
i actualy listened to this today remembering that it was '94 when it came out it was a breath of fresh air for round that time we were bored to death with suicidal grunge idiots and jackyl are kind of cool and silly and ammusing altogether this cd does rock though a little ac/dcish i do enjoy this the title track and i want it still stick out for me

From: Doug Date: July 15, 2010 at 18:25
"Push Comes to Shove" and "Headed for Destruction" are awesome tunes.

From: Ydol eM Date: June 1, 2013 at 15:19
I agree with FM about the style of this album. Hard rock with bluesy and southern rock elements, somewhere halfway between AC/DC and Tesla (IMO). I suppose at that time of 1994 John Kalodner tried for impossible this album to roll out the then grunge icons. Anyway neither top-class nor disgrace. 75/100.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 25, 2014 at 18:46
A bit of a step down in here after the band's splendid debut...still there are some tracks that are quite interesting(1,2,6,7,8,10 & 12)...the Tesla sound is a good way to describe this record rather than the AC/DC one...80/100

From: Doug Date: February 27, 2014 at 13:15
Yeah, I'm with you on this one Rick. "Push Comes to Shove" is an awesome tune and I also like "Headed for Destruction" and "Dixieland." Some of the others are Jesse Dupree doing his hillbilly thing.

From: hair metal again Date: January 31, 2015 at 15:49
fine hard rock release by JACKYL, not as their excellent debut,but surely there s a certain quality and will satisfy whoever was hooked by them!less aggressive,more serious,not so funny the boys seem to get serious and as an impact the songs arent so catchy !'rock a ho",'private hell"are the standout tracks!

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 31, 2015 at 19:29
Martin Popoff once characterized the debut as being screaming, fire-engine red, while this second album was "more burnished golds and browns." Which is an interesting, but accurate, way to put it. The guitars don't bite as hard, the grooves are looser, and the attitude doesn't seem as wild.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 9, 2021 at 13:51
Listening to this again, and it's hard not to view Jackyl's second album as a disappointment after the nonstop fun of the debut. It doesn't help that the best song (and one of the band's best ever) is the first track. "Headed For Destruction" includes the chainsaw, to much less effect than on "The Lumberjack," and the song itself feels like they're trying too hard for a big, crowd-pleasing anthem. "This Is My Life" is the first Jackyl song of many to complain about the music industry's abandonment of rock 'n' roll (although honestly, Jackyl fared better than a lot of bands). Many of the remaining songs are near-misses, and some not so near. Really, only "Rock-A-Ho" (this album's "She Loves My Cock") and "Back Down In The Dirt" rise to the level of the title track.

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