MMP Set To Re-release BulletBoys’ “Behind the Orange Curtain”

BulletBoys were one of the most original rock bands of the late 80’s – their music was compared with the best releases by Van Halen, yet the group managed to work out their own style. Metal Mind Productions presents a re-release of “Behind the Orange Curtain”, the ultimate live collection of BulletBoys’ greatest hits, performed on a breathtaking show at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, California. It wass a dazzling performance which featured all of the band’s most memorable songs, such as “Hard As A Rock”, “For The Love Of Money” and “Smooth Up In Ya”. The release brilliantly recovers the old–school rock’n’roll vibe, bringing a set of classic rock compositions which haven’t aged a bit!

“Behind the Orange Curtain” is a dream come true for all fans of both BulletBoys and classic hard rock itself! This live set of the band’s greatest hits will take you all the way back to the 80’s, delivering a truly unforgettable rock experience. New digipak edition, limited to numerated 2000 copies, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc will be available on 5th May 2008 (Europe only).

BulletBoys
“Behind The Orange Curtain” (remastered)


Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1155 DG
Barcode: 5907785032163
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numerated copies)
Genre: rock
Release date: 05.05.2008 Europe

Tracklist:

1. Hard As A Rock 
2. Hell On My Heels 
3. Shoot The Preacher 
4. For The Love Of Money 
5. Hang on St. Christopher 
6. The Groove
7. When Pigs Fly 
8. Walls 
9. F9 
10. Toy 
11. Shake Me Awake 
12. Smooth Up

Bio
It all started back in 1988 after the split-up of a mid-80’s rock band called King Kobra. Three members of that group – vocalist Marq Torien, guitarist Mick Sweda and bassist Lonnie Vincent – decided to form their own project, with the help of young drummer Jimmy D’Anda. But the band didn’t have an easy start at all. For some time all of the BulletBoys literally starved in LA until finally they managed to sign a record deal. In an interview with Gary James soon after the release of their debut album, Lonnie Vincent recalls the harsh times that the group had to go through at the beginning: “(…) we were badly in debt, all of us, we were broke, and very disgusted because we knew the talent we had”. Luckily, the talent got noticed in time. “When we felt we were ready to showcase, our manager Dave Kaplan set up 6 major labels in 6 days.” – says Vincent. “One day it was Geffen. The next day E.M.I./Manhattan was down, the next day Warner Bros., the next day Chrysalis, and so on. We would play for them, and basically you could feel the vibe. Someone would say, Yeah it sounds pretty good, you ought to develop a following and call us back, and we’ll come back to check you out. We said OK, thank you for your time. See ya. (…) When Warner Bros, came in it was Roberta Peterson, who is Ted Templeman’s sister, her and Felix Chamberlain are the Warner Bros, people who came down to see us. She loved the band so much, she went home and called her brother and said ‘ Hey, you gotta get down here and see these guys.’ Ted came down the next day with his sister Roberta and we played him 40 songs, and he stood up and said, ‘Let’s make a record’.” Vincent admits that this was what the whole group was waiting for: “It just couldn’t have come along at a better time, because I don’t know how long the band could’ve lasted without some financial help. We had a lot of good people around us, moral support.” The deal with Warner Bros. brought two full-length albums: “BulletBoys” (1988) and “Freakshow” (1991). Both releases became a great success, selling in over a million copies worldwide. The critics compared these albums to David Lee Roth-era Van Halen (mainly because of Marq Torien’s similar vocal style, but also because both bands used the same producer, Ted Templeman). Unfortunately, in 1993 BulletBoys decided to split up for personal reasons. However, the name BulletBoys was still used by Torien and Vincent – in 1995 they recorded an alternative-inspired album called “Acid Monkey”, which nevertheless had little to do musically with the group’s previous works. All of the bands members reunited in 2000 to record the album “Greatest Hits: Burning Cats and Amputees”. Three years later Torien and Vincent recorded another BulletBoys album entitled “Sophie” (featuring vocal performances by ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach).
In 2007 a historical moment took place at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, California, where BulletBoys reunited for a dazzling performance which featured all of the band’s most memorable songs, such as “Hard As A Rock”, “For The Love Of Money” and “Smooth Up In Ya”. The release brilliantly recovers the old–school rock’n’roll vibe, bringing a set of classic rock compositions which haven’t aged a bit!

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

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