Y&T ‘Down For The Count’ A&M (1985)

Y&T had been going as far back as the mid-70′s and prior to this album they had released a string of well received albums including ‘Mean Steak’ and ‘Black Tiger’. Main man Dave Meniketti has a nice raw vocal amply suited to the band’s hard edge rock sound. ‘In The Name Of Rock’ with its gang chorus vocal sets the scene nicely for the superb rock anthem ‘All American Boy’ – just under three minutes of sheer hard rock bliss. ‘Anytime At All’ is another hook filled rocker and the other real stand out is ‘Summertime Girls’, a song that is made for a warm summer’s day and deserves to be in any rock fans collection. Y&T really knew how to pen catchy riff based rockers and choruses that never leave your head. The cover of the rock ‘n’ roll standard ‘Your Mama Don’t Dance’ is good fun and only the plodding ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Wear’ lets the side down slightly. Of course Y&T also nailed that other hard rock staple the power ballad with the closing sing ‘Hands Of Time’. Chiming guitars and a big chorus make for a classic song. Of all the band’s albums this will always be my favourite and I like it as much now as when I first heard it back in 1985!

Where are they now?

The band carried on right through the 90′s and released two so-so studio albums in the 90′s but have done nothing new since. But Dave Meniketti keeps the band’s flame alive with a series of rarities releases (‘Unearthed’) plus live releases. The band still tour today with Dave Meniketti. Sadly original member Phil Kennemore sadly passed away last year. They released a new album 'Facemelter' last year through Frontiers Records.

In The Name Of Rock

All American Boy

Anytime At All

Anything For Money

Face Like An Angel

Summertime Girls

Looks Like Trouble

Your Mama Don’t Dance

Don’t Tell Me What To Wear

Hands Of Time


Dave Meniketti (lead vocals/lead guitar)

Leonard Haze (drums)

Phil Kennemore (bass)

Joey Alves (rhythm guitar)

2003 interview with Dave Meniketti


In his show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 24 May David Randall played a further selection of artists and albums included in the new Features series, “2020 Vision”.

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Featured Albums w/c 25 May (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 FM Synchronized (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE ROCKET DOLLS The Art Of Disconnect (indie)
14:00-16:00 BEN KUNDER Searching For The Stranger (indie)

Power Plays w/c 11 May (Mon-Fri)

THE MERCY KILLS Alone (Golden Robot Records)
DEAD REYNOLDS By Your Side (indie)
THE JAILBIRDS Watery Grave (Golden Robot Records)
ALI MASS & MICKY MOODY These Times (Last Man Music)
MASSIVE WAGONS Bangin In Your Stereo (Earache)
UDO We Are One (AFM Records)

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