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METALLICA’s JAMES HETFIELD ‘Was A Big Champion For The BULLETBOYS’ In 1980s
“I love [METALLICA frontman] James Hetfield,” Marq said. “He was a big champion for the BULLETBOYS when we first started playing and would come to all of our shows when we played up north. He would come walking in, and he would hang with us, love on us, drink some whisky and beer with us and stay there through the whole show.”
This American hard rock quartet was formed in 1987 by Mike Sweda (guitar, ex-King Kobra) and Marq Torien (vocals, ex- Ratt). They were joined by Lonnie Vincent (bass) and Jimmy D’Anda (drums) and took their musical lead from AC/DC, Van Halen and Montrose. Championed by producer Ted Templeman, they signed to Warner Brothers Records and recorded their debut the following year. Torien’s flamboyant persona attracted comparisons with David Lee Roth, while Sweda’s guitar effects were based on a style first made famous by Eddie Van Halen. The “BulletBoys” LP was released in 1988. The cover art is a copy of “.30 Bullet Piercing an Apple” by Harold Eugene Edgerton.
The album features the hit “Smooth Up in Ya” as well as a cover of The O’Jay’s song “For the Love of Money”.It reached No. 34 in the Billboard 200 chart and was certified gold in 1989 selling over 500,000 copies.
|A1||Hard As A Rock||3:03|
|A2||Smooth Up In Ya||4:23|
|A3||Owed To Joe||2:45|
|A4||Shoot The Preacher Down||3:37|
|A5||For The Love Of Money (O’Jays cover)||3:44|
|B2||Hell On My Heels||3:22|
|B3||Crank Me Up||3:37|
- Producer – Ted Templeman
- Barcode: 0 7599-25782-1 9
- Rights Society: GEMA/BIEM
- Label Code: LC 0392
- Matrix / Runout (A-side runout (stamped)): R/S Alsdorf 925782-1-A
- Matrix / Runout (B-side runout (stamped)): R/S Alsdorf 925782-1-B
- Other (Distribution Code): France: WE 381
Singles: Smooth Up In Ya (US Hot 100 #71, US Mainstream Rock #23), For The Love of Money (US Hot 100 #78, US Mainstream Rock #38)
Marq Torien: Lead Vocals
Mick Sweda: Guitar
Lonnie Vencent: Bass
Jimmy D’Anda: Drums
This eponymous debut brought the L.A. group from the Hollywood club strip to the world’s hard rock spotlight, often with mixed results. Nonetheless, it’s a decadently wonderful excursion into the eye of the hair metal hurricane, with the singles “Smooth Up in Ya,” and the magnificently awkward cover of the O’Jays soul classic “For the Love of Money.” And while the group released several albums afterwards, none of them truly captured the band’s fire and spirit as this one did.
🔥🔥 Platinum-selling artists BulletBoys were formed in 1986 in Los Angeles, California by former King Kobra members Marq Torien (also formerly of Ratt) on vocals, Mick Sweda on guitar, Lonnie Vencent on bass and Jimmy D’Anda on drums.
This band was considered part of the genre and their look didn’t help them, but they were less “hair metal” and more bluesy hard rock.
I remember buying the album back in the 80’s (those were the days). I always loved Jimmy D’Andas drumming on this. Spent many a nights in my bedroom with headphones on and air drumming along to this album. Not complex drumming but so much groove.
Owed To Joe might be my favorite track on this but every song is great. Ted Templeman, who produced all those classic Van Halen albums produced this.
In my opinion the band never again reached the heights of this album but they got it all perfect on this one.
BulletBoys • BulletBoys • September 20, 1988 • UK Vinyl • BulletBoys were formed when ex-King Kobra bandmates Marq Torien, Mick Sweda and Lonnie Vencent added drummer Jimmy D’anda to fill out their ranks. Alot of people criticize BulletBoys for being Van Halen wannabes but it probably has more to do with Ted “Van Halen’s first producer” Templeman, than it did because these guys had chops like Van Halen. Soundwise BulletBoys cling to the hair-metal formula pretty close, Marq Torien sounds and looks alot like David Lee Roth, and with song titles like “Hard As A Rock”, “Kissin’ Kitty” and “Smooth Up In Ya” you can see the BulletBoys didn’t try to reinvent the wheel with their debut album. To sum up i’ll say this, BulletBoys certainly were a lot of fun and they made some interesting songs to say the least. The album reached number 34 in the Billboard 200 chart and was certified gold in 1989 selling over 500,000 copies.
a VHS recording from MTV where The Bullet Boys visited London in 1989 . We also follow them at Soundcheck before concert.