Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Jackals: A 1984 self-titled LP, cover art by Robert Williams

A very cool 'psychobilly' band from Portland Oregon, going back to the 1980's and early '90's.

Lead vocalist / guitarist Louis Samora had passed through the ranks of other Portland punk bands, like Dead Moon and The Rats before forming The Jackals.

This first LP was 'recorded in 300° Monster Mono' to good effect.

Cover art was supplied by Robert Williams, the underground cartoonist / Big Daddy Roth alumnus / 'father' of the 'Lowbrow' art movement.

Very apt liner notes from X's John Doe completed The Jackals' 'cool' credentials.

Band line-up:

Louis Samora - Vocals, Guitar

David Corboy - Guitar

Steve Casmano - Bass

Robert Parker - Traps

The band dissolved in the early nineties, Samora and Casmano moving on to a similar group, The Flapjacks, who are still performing.

From the self-titled 'Jackals' LP (Anubis Records, 1984), Listen to:

Iron Horse
Psycho Billy Belinda
Life Begins At 4 O'Clock
Mohawk Twist
The Stroll
Too Crucial
Feeling Greasy
Lonesome Train (On A Lonesome Track)
That's That
Down Right Neighborly
No Brain

(click for audio)

- - OR download all 11 tracks in one 27.3 Mb zipfile.


Anonymous said...

Does anyone know whatever happened to Robert Parker? I worked with him back in the mid/late 90s but lost track of him.

philo said...

What the hell...the question is only three years old. I met Robert back in 1984
or so. Don't know what happened to him
but I still keep in semi-contact with their former manager Richard Liberman

lucky23design said...

Robert is still here in portland. He lays pretty low these days.

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