Pretty Boy Floyd: The Glam Metal Band That Rocked The 80s
Pretty Boy Floyd was a glam metal band that emerged in the late 80s with their debut album Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz. The album was a mix of catchy hooks, flashy guitars, and sleazy lyrics that captured the spirit of the hair metal scene. The band was known for their androgynous look and heavy makeup, which drew comparisons to bands like MÃtley CrÃe and Poison.
The album featured songs like \"Rock and Roll (Is Gonna Set The Night On Fire)\", \"Wild Angels\", and \"I Wanna Be with You\", which became minor hits on the Billboard chart. The album also included a cover of MÃtley CrÃe's \"Toast of the Town\", which was originally released as a b-side in 1981. The album was produced by Howard Benson, who would later work with bands like Hoobastank and Daughtry.
Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz was reissued in 2007 with remastered sound and bonus tracks, some of which were recorded by guitarist Kristy Majors as a solo project. The reissue also featured a cover of Alice Cooper's \"Department of Youth\", which was originally released on his 1975 album Welcome to My Nightmare.
Pretty Boy Floyd was one of the many glam metal bands that faded away in the early 90s, as grunge and alternative rock took over the mainstream. However, the band has remained a cult favorite among fans of the genre, and has influenced many modern bands that play in a similar style. Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz is considered a classic album of glam metal, and a testament to the fun and energy of the 80s rock scene.
Pretty Boy Floyd went through several line-up changes over the years, with only singer Steve Summers and guitarist Kristy Majors remaining as the core members. The original bassist, Vinnie Chas, left the band in 1991 and was replaced by Keri Kelli, who later played with Alice Cooper and Slash. The original drummer, Kari Kane, also left the band in 1991 and was replaced by various musicians, including Ben Graves of Murderdolls and Troy Patrick Farrell of White Lion.
The band released several albums after their debut, but none of them matched the success or popularity of Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz. Some of their albums were covers of other bands' songs, such as Kiss of Death: A Tribute to Kiss (1996), Aerosmithed: A Tribute to Aerosmith (2001), and Size Really Does Matter (2003), which featured songs by AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, and Van Halen. The band also released a live album, Live at the Pretty Ugly Club (1998), and a compilation album, The Greatest Collection: The Ultimate Pretty Boy Floyd (2004).
In 2017, the band released their first album of original material in 28 years, titled Public Enemies. The album was produced by Kristy Majors and featured guest appearances by Chip Z'Nuff of Enuff Z'Nuff and Sam Bam Koltun of Budderside. The album received mixed reviews from critics and fans, but the band continued to tour and perform live. In 2019, the band celebrated the 30th anniversary of Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz with a special tour and a reissue of the album on vinyl. aa16f39245