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



The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk was streamed on Sunday 20 December., imbued with a festive flavour to raise the spirits

More about Josh: http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/?s=%22Josh+Taerk%22

David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 20 December 2020 and announces the results of the Popular Poll for Best of 2020.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 20 December 2020 and includes Pete’s best of the year selections

Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
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Featured Albums w/c 11 January 2021 (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 UNRULY CHILD Our Glass House (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 SERGEANT STEEL Truck Tales (Boyz Tyme Records)
14:00-16:00 DAN REED Liftoff (Zero Entertainment)

Power Plays w/c 11 January 2021 (Mon-Fri)

BLACK SPIDERS – Good Times (Dark Riders Records/Cargo Records)
GRAVITY MACHINE Standing Stones (Zyse Records)
EMPIIRES Love Or Hate (TLG Entertainment/INgrooves)
RAY FENWICK Tam Tam (Singsong Music)
DEAD REYNOLDS Voices (The Fort)
LAYLA ZOE Don’t Wanna Help Anyone (indie)

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