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Editors’ Notes

The L.A. rock band Jo Jo Gunne formed after singer/guitarist/keyboardist Jay Ferguson (future solo star of “Thunder Island” fame) and bassist Mark Andes (later of Firefall and Heart) had split from the much-lauded band Spirit (who’d just released the trailblazing Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus) for greener pastures. So, yes, this 1972 debut is littered with the era’s FM-radio signposts. There’s Little Feat–style boogie (“Babylon,” “99 Days,” “Academy Award”), shirts-off, beer-drinking anthems (“I Make Love,” “Barstow Blue Eyes”), a motor speedway rock ballad (“Flying Home”), and the same kind of melodious stoner angst that made Spirit songs great (“Shake That Fat” and “Run Run Run,” the band’s sole Top 40 hit). But what makes this album is the spare, every-note-carries-weight arrangements of guitar, bass, and drums (and occasional piano), as well as the big choruses and unexpected wry cultural references that see Ferguson delivering lines like “With her hair like Hedy Lamarr … she’s a stone-cold diver” with all the swagger of Jim Dandy or David Lee Roth.

Customer Reviews

Me too!

I also have been looking for this album for years after it mysteriously disappeared from my collection. While its true its not one of my favorite albums of all time, it is good rocknroll and brings back memories of the days when I would only buy albums that "opened up" so I would get more information and have something to clean my weed on. Now if I could only come across Stories' "About Us" somewhere I could hear another one I haven't been able to find forever.

Oh My God

My cousin and I wore this album out!! What a find. The memories this conjures up are too much!

Run Run Run: Dated But Fun

Slightly better than average southern boogie rock marked by fairly weak vocals but innovative harmonies. Most of the lyrics are embarrassing 70s cliche and the majority of these songs are dated. The musicianship is good, however, and "Run Run Run" is a catchy, energetic piece of pop that encompasses the band's finest moment.

Biography

Formed: 1971 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '00s

Jo Jo Gunne was a rock group formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Jay Ferguson (b. May 10, 1947; Burbank, CA) (keyboards, vocals) and Mark Andes (b. February 19, 1948; Philadelphia) (bass, vocals) after they left Spirit. They added Mark's brother Matt Andes (b. California) (guitar, vocals) and Curley Smith (b. January 31, 1952; Wolf Point, MT) (drums) to complete the lineup, signed to Asylum Records, and made a self-titled debut album containing the Top 40 hit "Run, Run, Run," after which Mark Andes...
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