July 24, 1999 |
Epitaph Records, the nation's flagship punk-rock specialty label, hopes to disinter T.S.O.L.'s recording career and help the recently reunited original lineup expand on its 16-year-old corpus of work. "We think T.S.O.L. is going to do a record this fall when they get back from touring," said Jason Henry, an artist development staffer at the label who works with T.S.O.L. singer Jack Grisham in his solo career, and who hopes to work with the band as a whole.
November 29, 1997 |
Family responsibilities and economic marginality, a career-killing combo for older rockers, have killed off the Joykiller, one of Orange County's best punk-pop bands. "We can't afford to do it," bandleader Jack Grisham said Monday, a week after he told his record company he was breaking up the band. Grisham did the math after touring recently as opening act for the Offspring. "I made less than a dollar an hour, $500 for being gone a month," he said.
April 20, 1995 |
Jack Grisham sits on his bedroom floor, admiring the latest bit of unpremeditated chaos he has wrought in the world of punk rock. Delightedly, he is screening rough footage for a video for "Go Bang," a song by his new band, the Joykiller. The track and the explosive, catchy debut album it is taken from could turn Grisham from a local legend--known for his charismatic presence, his wild and sometimes violent behavior and his career-long commercial underachieving--into a bona fide rock star.
August 8, 1994 |
"Hey, hey, hey, come out and play," goes the refrain of the Offspring hit that is the most widely heard punk rock song ever to come out of Orange County. Jack Grisham and Ron Emory, whose old band, T.S.O.L., is cited as an influence by the Offspring, have decided to heed that catchy piece of advice. Singer Grisham and guitarist Emory will come out and play their first concert in more than 1 1/2 years tonight at Dragonfly in Hollywood, fronting a new band, the Joykillers.
December 17, 1992 |
There long has been an impression among observers of the local alternative-rock scene that Jack Grisham and Joe Wood must not particularly care for each other. If not sworn enemies, these two big, strapping rock singers at least have to be fairly heated rivals, goes the common perception. After all, considering everything that's gone down with T.S.O.L., the band that Grisham founded and Wood took over, they can't possibly like each other.
February 10, 1990 |
Jack Grisham is a self-confessed troublemaker, an inveterate, excitement-craving rock 'n' roll bad boy whose unpredictable, sometimes violent behavior and rabble-rousing stage exploits have been the stuff of legend on the local rock scene for more than a decade. But sitting over a pre-concert dinner recently, the strapping, handsome lead singer of Tender Fury insisted that he has changed. At 28, Grisham says, he has turned into a sober professional.