Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Man, I guess it was back in 1980 when I was over in Niagara Falls, New York at a record store that I came across the This Time It's For Real album. I had been into Bruce since about 1978 and the words Asbury Jukes jumped out at me. When I flipped the album over I saw Bruce and Stevie's name all over the song credits. I had never heard any of Southside's music at that point in time but I bought the album anyway (besides my Aunt was paying for it...so, there wasn't a hec of a lot of risk involved). That night I put the album on and immediately fell in love with the sound. The horns, the lyrics, the melodies, it was all there. I was only 14 at the time, but I knew this was something that I needed to hear more of. Here began my Southside obsession. 

Over the years I have introduced many of my friends and family to Southside's music and most have become big fans. I've met South, Bobby, LaBamba and many of the band in the past and all were kind enough to chat, sign albums and take a few photos. Other than, Trash It Up, I'd recommend all of Southsides albums to any newbie, particularly I Don't Wanna Go Home & Hearts of Stone. However, I must say that Slow Dance and This Time It's For Real will always be my favorite 2 albums. If you are a music fan, and I'm thinking you are if you are reading any of this, then I suggest you add this Rock Legend to your collection. You'll be glad you did!