They had the album covers down, especially the “Freakshow” one. I said to myself if the songs are crap at least the cover is worth keeping.
The debut dropped in 1988 and “Hard As A Rock” kicked it off. Which was okay.
“Smooth Up In Ya” is pretty cool musically and melodically. But the lyrics and title certainly got a lot of attention. And at almost 5 million streams on Spotify, it’s their hit.
The best song is “F#9” And it’s buried deep in the album. This one sounds a lot like something Jake E Lee wrote for Ozzy. Crank it and listen to the riff.
And I wasn’t sure what to make of the first album. It had some nice riffage scattered throughout like “Crank Me Up” and “Hell On My Heels”. But overall, there wasn’t enough.
But I gave em one more chance because of the cover.
So“Freakshow” was released in 1991. And I listened and I moved onto the next song and I listened and I kept moving onto the next song.
Then “Say Your Prayers” started and I was tapping my foot at the riff, but the vocal melody just didn’t capture me. So I listened.
And when I was done listening I knew that I wouldn’t be going back to Bulletboys.
And I heard that Motley Crue were auditioning Marq Torien on vocals and I was curious to hear how that would sound because with a bit of assistance in the lyrical department and the melody department, well, anything is possible.
But it didn’t eventuate. And that was that.
4 thoughts on “The Record Vault – Bulletboys”
I never got in to the Bulletboys which is strange because with Ted Templeman on the boards, I normally would’ve jumped on it, but never did. I only know Smooth Up in Ya. One more thing, the covers are pretty good.
Good ol Ted was a driver for the first one. But that’s about it for me, good artworks.
I bought the debut thought it was good. Bought the followup not so much and that was it.
I’m currently reading Rudy Sarzo’s Off The Rails book and he writes about Torien auditioning for guitar in Ozzy’s band after Rhoads died! I won’t tell you all about it until my review. lol
Wow that’s interesting on Torien. I always felt that he had something in him but the environment he was in wasn’t conducive to that coming out.