Gone Jackals is an American hard rock band from San Francisco, California. They are gaining some fame among video game enthusiasts around the world when they have provided LucasArts Full Throttle Biker-themed adventure game soundtracks. The soundtrack has become the best selling item in the LucasArts mail order catalog.
The Gone Jackals was formed in the late 1980s by multi-instrumentalist Keith Karloff, drummer, guitarist and composer who has been playing solo in New York since the early 1980s as Keith Gale.
After moving to San Francisco in 1984, Karloff tries to form a new group. He uses bassist Rudy Maynard and virtuoso guitarist Charlie Hunter. They are joined by drummer Mark Berdon to complete the training. Together, they form Keith Gale's Parallel Universe and play regularly at local clubs. Then they sign on to the Blue / Black Records label and release their first EP, a promotional tape called Five Piece Screwdriver Set. In the following years, Charlie Hunter decides to leave and is replaced by the guitarist Judd Austin. After a while, Mark Berdon leaves the group as well. Drummer Trey Sabatelli replaces him and contributes to the strength of the new formation; Keith Karloff gives birth to the Gone Jackals, the last incarnation of the group. That's when Keith Gale changes his name to Keith Karloff>.
In 1990, Gone Jackals released his first album, Out and About with the Gone Jackals, and received a few moderate broadcasts on university radio stations. Their second album, Bone to Pick, is published in 1995>. The same year, the songs are chosen by Peter McConnell, director of the LucasArts team, for the video game soundtrack Full Throttle>. Keith Karloff will also help McConnell compose original songs for the game. With Full Throttle, Bone to Pick becomes the band's best-received album.