Here we come
BulletBoys are a glam metal band from Los Angeles, California that was formed by vocalist Marq Torien, guitarist Mick Sweda, and bassist Lonnie Vencent in the late 80s after they left King Kobra. It also featured new young rock drummer Jimmy D'Anda. Their self-titled debut album, labeled by one critic as "a decadently wonderful excursion into the eye of the hair metal hurricane", brought them huge commercial success, producing the top 40 rock hits "For The Love Of Money" (an offbeat The O'Jays cover) and "Smooth Up in Ya" (also known as simply "Smooth Up").Read More
The band’s first two albums, featuring melodic pop metal arguably a cut above the style of the times, were 1988's 'BulletBoys' and 1991's 'Freakshow', both distributed by Warner Brothers. Well received by many musical critics such as those from the All Music Guide, massive fan support allowed the group to at least partly weather the storm of musical changes at the start of the 90s. Some critics, supporters and detractors alike, compared the band to David Lee Roth-era Van Halen, as the band's blues-inspired riffs as well as Torien's vocal and performing similarities were noted as being partly derivative. That argument was furthered by the fact that rock impresario Ted Templeman produced both the Roth-era Van Halen albums and the BulletBoys. Still, the guitar work for the Bulletboys was nowhere near the level of Eddie Van Halen, albeit still showing serious talent, so the comparisons are limited.
Though having successful tours, the BulletBoys appeared to have possibly peaked too early while it seemed that the changing times had also eaten away into the group's fan-base. Soon after releasing 1993's 'Za-Za' to a mixed reception, an album that went in more of a power pop direction reminiscent of Cheap Trick, the group split up. Singer Marq Torien and bassist Lonnie Vencent continued to use the BulletBoys name and recorded 'Acid Monkey'. A heavily alternative inspired album that was a major departure from the band’s usual hard rock style, the 1995 release seemed to be a clear sign of an end of an era.
All original members got together to record new tracks for one album in 2000, which was titled 'Greatest Hits: Burning Cats And Amputees' (also known as just 'Burning Cats And Amputees'). Marq and Lonnie then released a new album, 'Sophie', in 2003 under the BulletBoys name. This album featured vocal performances from former Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach. Interestingly, producer Andy Johns had also worked with major Bulletboys influence Van Halen (along with numerous other artists).