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.