Johnny Crash - 1990 - Neighbourhood Threat
1. Hey Kid
2. No Bones About It
3. All The Way In Love
4. Thrill Of The Kill
5. Axe To The Wax
6. Sink Or Swim
7. Crack Of Dawn
8. Freedom Road
9. Halfway To Heaven
10. Trigger Happy
11. Baby's Like A Piano
Johnny Crash was a Hardrock/Sleaze band formed in 1987, who released Neighbourhood Threat in 1990.
If you’re looking for juicy stories about their rock ‘n roll lifestyle in the late 80’s; forget about it: the band’s history is so little but also so undeserved.
Their single ‘Hey kid’ for this album is probably the most notable song of Johnny’s repertoire and got some rotation on MTV.
Two years ago they released their second album (which was recorded in 1992?!) because Axl Rose threatened legal action due to the involvement of Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed (who were Guns N' Roses members at the time).
Anyway, let’s discuss Neighbourhood Threat, the only album Johnny Crash released on a major label.
Imagine; AC/DC kidnapped Axl Rose and merged him with Bon Scott. That’s right. Johnny Crash feels and sounds like a rediscovered AC/DC with great 3 chord riffs. Warning: Vicki James Wright’s vocals cause some real ear damage from time to time (and that’s a good thing!)...
Okay, enough of this chitter chatter; down to business. Of course we’ll start off with ‘Hey Kid’, which is a heavy rock ‘n roll song combined with fast spoken words and a catchy (but simple) chorus. I’m getting aroused right here!
‘No Bones About It’ has a more poppy sound and it’s fits nicely after their more sleazy single.
The less speedy ‘All The Way In Love’ and ‘Thrill Of The Kill’ could be true AC/DC classics (look at the titles).
From this point on, Johnny Crash hits the heavier stuff. ‘Axe To The Wax’ reminds me of ‘Walk All Over You’ and ‘Sink Or Swim’, its riffs sound like a less interesting version of ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’.
After these killer tracks we hear ‘Crack Of Dawn’, a track which continues the raunchy style of ‘Hey Kid’. No problem, the more the better in Johnny Crash’s case!
The following song, ‘Freedom Road’, is a slow rocker but also laughable as Hell('s Bells). Similarities are all over the place!
Just three songs left on Neighbourhood Threat and all three well done. Johnny Crash finishes the album with the more bluesy ‘Baby’s Like A Piano’, a welcome change in sound and heaviness. You really get the feeling the band has given all they’ve got, and this particular song wraps up the session like; ‘Okay guys, last round, bar closes’. Even that thought fits the sleazy Johnny Crash sound and image.
So, if a heavier version of the original AC/DC, mixed with some Dangerous Toys and classic country rock sounds good to you; get this record!
Can’t you get enough of Johnny Crash; search for their new release ‘Unfinished Business’ (2008).
Written by Jesse Gorvette