Category Archives: Jerky Boys
Happy birthday to my favorite jerky—enjoy tough guy!
01 Jerky Jam (Original) 03:18
02 Jerky Jam (X-Rated Mix) 03:47
03 Jerky Jam (Alternative Mix) 03:57
04 Jerky Jam (Club Mix) 05:31
01 Jerk Baby Jerk (Roonie G’s Radio Mix Edited) 03:44
02 Jerk Baby Jerk (Bass Mix) 03:15
03 Jerk Baby Jerk (Roonie G’s Radio Mix) 03:46
04 Testing For Jeopardy (Frank Rizzo) 04:21
05 I’m A Diva (Jack Tor S) 01:54
06 Little Elves (Tarbash) 03:17
07 Sol’s Turnstile (Sol Rosenberg) 02:52
INFO > In the 1990s, New Yorkers Johnny Brennan and Kamal Ahmed surprisingly sustained successful careers making prank phone calls. Brennan began honing his skills in the 1970s and was joined by Ahmed in the late-1980s. The verbal high jinks were initially recorded just for fun and to entertain friends; however, cassettes of the calls became widely bootlegged, and the duo’s twisted telephony started spreading.
Significant airplay on The Howard Stern Show helped to secure a recording contract for Brennan and Ahmed. Released in 1993, the first legitimately distributed collection of The Jerky Boys antics introduced the masses to Johnny B and Kamal’s many colorful characters, including: Frank Rizzo, Sol Rosenberg, Jack Tor S, Frank Kissel, Mike Derucki, and Tarbash the Egyptian Magician.
At the height of their fame, Johnny B and Kamal starred in “The Jerky Boys: The Movie”; however, the 1995 film was a critical and box office failure. Ahmed split in 1997 to pursue a career in independent filmmaking, while Brennan carried on The Jerky Boys as a solo project. The duo produced six albums, which have collectively sold over 3 million copies.
Earlier this year, Rolling Stone featured an enlightening interview with Johnny Brennan, who dusted off his dialing and dialog talents for the article, “The Calls That Changed Comedy.”
Listen up, sizzlechest! 1993’s “Jerky Jam” splices together many of the debut album’s best bits, backed by beats and additional production. The 1997 promo single “Jerk Baby Jerk” employs a similar audio collage style, but also injects a shouted refrain and other lyrics.