Rock & Roll Dinosaur, Jackslacks
Shield of Love, 2002

Maybe you should start by reading Jackslacks' bio "The Curse of Rockabilly" at his website (, a story which can also be found on the CD-inlay. Jackslacks is more of an anthology of rock 'n' roll drummer and singer Chris Giorgio. Having played with bands like Toast Band, Waykools, Forbidden Pigs, Nobody's Business, Hot Rod Lincoln, and Johnny Mercury & The Hot Rockets (to name but a few), the man really is a rock 'n' roll dinosaur. This CD is an overview of his career, which started way back in the early 80s and spans over 20 years and also includes 5 tracks produced by Stray Cats' bassplayer Lee Rocker.

Heat Lightning (Johnny Mercury & The Hot Rockets)
Bank Account's Too Small (Hot Rod Lincoln)
Baja Baby (Nobody's Business)
What A Dame (Johnny Mercury & The Hot Rockets)
(Ain't) Nothin' Shakin' (Nobody's Business)
Too Much Fun (Hot Rod Lincoln)
When She Was Mine (Nobody's Business)
Petester (Hammer Gumby's)
Something Else (The Waycools)
Federales (Forbidden Pigs)
Lotta Lovin' (with Tommy Byrnes and Hugh Carroll)
Let's Work Together (The Toast Band)
Rock Around With Ollie Vee (Hot Rod Lincoln)
Stop (Forbidden Pigs)
Do The Right Thing (with Daniel Beach)

The above is a collection of rockabilly and rock 'n' roll music, based on the original 50s and 60s sound, with influences of the rockabilly revival sound of the 80s. Jackslacks recalls: "I went to a ton of Stray Cats concerts, including their last at the World's Fair in New Orleans."  Any way you look at it (or listen to it), this platter offers a wide variety of sounds and rhythms ranging from rockabilly and rock 'n' roll to cajun and mersey beat. It's also a historic document, although some of the 60s sounds may not appeal to rockabilly purists. A fine addition to any rock 'n' roll collection.

Contact information and ordering:

Shield of Love Productions
P.O. Box 4131
Charleston, WV 25304

Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2002