Founded in 1982 Los Angeles, United States. Out of all the rock ‘n’ roll sleaze bands in Hollywood during the 1980s, The Joneses are recognized as coming first and being the toughest and most honest of them all. This no-nonsense group of trash rockers, led by the charismatic Jeff Drake, were a hot-blooded mix of the New York Dolls, Ramones and Eddie Cochran - too glam for punk and too punk for rock. If the term “trashy rock ‘n’ roll” could only apply to one band, The Joneses would take the label in spades.

Their music was raw and powerful, their style a mix of their predecessors. They lived the sleazy rock ‘n’ roll life like they invented it, with clever songs about pills, booze, chicks and decadence. The Joneses brought their own definition of cool to the table, youthful yet timeless, fierce yet endearing, and drugged up and drunk the whole time. Their music was pure punk fueled rock ‘n’ roll aggression, sung with ‘50s style melody but coming hard with ‘80s Los Angeles aggression.

Unfortunately, The Joneses had all the right parts but were not recognized for being the unique forbearers they were. To say these rockers were cool wouldn’t be saying enough. They were the symbol of cool on the Hollywood strip, and they were what rock ‘n’ roll was and is really about. No fake posturing or false chic – they were the real deal, the real sleaze with the real sound of the street. Founder and only constant member was principal song writer, lead singer and LPJR guitarist Rev Jeff Drake, Professor Paul Mars Black on drums between time in the Mau-Maus and LA Guns, Dr Scott Franklin played bass between rampaging with the Mau-Maus and joining the Cramps & Mr Johnnie Sage joined post Christian Death and pre-Mau-Maus. This group of players were members 1983-1984 when The Joneses could be found giggling in and out of LA/Hollywood clubs like the Music Machine, Club Lingerie and myriad other venues every weekend. They were voted Best Live Band in 1984 LA Weekly reader's poll.

As of 2019 all of these four are still alive - nothing short of astonishing given the epic amounts of drugs consumed by them all.


DDC 8602 Joneses - Keeping Up With The Joneses album art The Joneses* Keeping Up With The Joneses (Album) Doctor Dream Records DDC 8602 US 1986 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CE 40982 Joneses - Jonestown album art The Joneses* Jonestown(7") Not On Label CE 40982 US 1982 Sell This Version
AS1003 Joneses - Criminals album art Joneses Criminals (EP) American Standard Records AS1003 US 1983 Sell This Version
TE-105 Joneses - Tits And Champagne album art The Joneses* Tits And Champagne (EP) Trigon TE-105 US 1989 Sell This Version
Stiff 001 Joneses - Anita Fix E.P. album art The Joneses Of Hollywood* Anita Fix E.P.(7", EP) Cabeza De Tornado Records Stiff 001 US 1999 Sell This Version


SFTRI 593 Joneses - Criminal History album art Joneses Criminal History (Album, Comp) Sympathy For The Record Industry SFTRI 593 US 2000 Sell This Version
FBK-018 Joneses - Criminals / Tits And Champagne album art The Joneses* Criminals / Tits And Champagne(CD, Comp, RM) Full Breach Kicks FBK-018 US 2008 Sell This Version