Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite photos taken of the legendary Illinois Valley band, The Jerks. There’s no gleaming and smiling at the camera. These boys are serious about their rock and roll.
Those were some fun times in the early 1980s when the band was in their nadir and everyone wanted to jump with The Jerks. I remember talking to the band’s soundman, Tom Joliffe, one night after a gig, and he said, “Sparks, you and I came along when the band had reached its height.”
They might have just been another bar band, but these seasoned musicians breathed life into local music scenes like so many other bands around the same time.
They carried the torch for rock and roll like so many other bands who have kept the fires burning.