August 12, 2018

Jetboy - Damned Nation (1990)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hard Rock
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© 1990 MCA Records
Review by Rock Hide
Occasionally, I will listen to a CD and get completely frustrated. In the case of Jetboy’s “Damned Nation”, my frustration is with the record label (MCA) not Jetboy, or this CD. “Damned Nation” is the CD that should have taken Jetboy’s career to the next level.  While “Damned Nation” may not be as classic as say, Guns N’ Roses “Appetite for Destruction”, it is easily Jetboy’s best offering.  If more fans would have heard this disc back when it was released in the day, Jetboy would have been more of a household name than a mere footnote in the world of hard rock.
I have been a fan of Jetboy since their debut CD from the 80’s, but “Damned Nation” is the disc I still play the most. With awesome cuts like Stomp It (Down To the Bricks), Moonlight and Heavy Chevy, this CD will likely appeal to fans of bands coming out of the Sunset Strip in the mid eighties such as L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat.  There is also a really cool guest appears by Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks) who plays saxophone on the tune “Rock N’ Roller”
Jetboy’s mixture of glam and punk was very well done, and they should have hit a homerun with “Damned Nation”.  Jetboy never got the proper support from their label and instead of “Damned Nation” propelling the band to superstar status, the lack of label support for this disc eventually led to their demise.  Thank the rock gods that the band has gotten back together again once more!

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