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Boyzz, The - 1978 Too Wild To Tame

ARTIST: Boyzz, The
ALBUM: Too Wild To Tame
SERIAL: JE 35440
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 2001, Axekiller (France), 3072922


LINEUP: Dirty Dan Buck - vocals * Anatole Halinkovitch - keyboards * Gil Pini - guitars * Mike Tafoya - guitars * David Angel - bass * Kent Cooper - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Too Wild To Tame * 02 Hoochie Koochie * 03 Wake It Up, Shake It Up * 04 Shady Lady * 05 Back To Kansas * 06 Destined To Die * 07 Lean n Mean * 08 Dianne Part II * 09 Good Life Shuffle

Originating from Illinois, these boyzz started life out in 1977 as a leather clad biker outfit. They intially ground out a living blasting southern flavoured rock, following in the tire-tracks of seventies icons Black Oak Arkansas and Lynyrd Skynyrd, though their style was more commercial (only just!). Embodying the very best of the late seventies scene, they emerged just when outfits like Grand Funk Railroad, The Godz and Ted Nugent were hitting their straps. Though permeating a biker and metal theme, The Boyzz included elements such as keyboards and horns, which believe it or not, does not detract from their sound. The main man Dirty Dan Buck has obviously swallowed the liquid equivalent of broken glass, such is his roughened vocal approach. Don't get me wrong.. it sounds great in this context!

The Songs
The opening and title track 'Too Wild To Tame' was their best known track, featured on the CBS compilation in 1979 'Killer Watts' as well as the 'Striktly For Konniseurs' 2LP set a few years later. However, they are not a one-song band.. there are other southern 'gonzoid' moments fit for a round or two of Budweiser. 'Hoochie Koochie' is a good singalong effort with swinging blues ridden guitars, while 'Wake It Up Shake It Up' is an energetic track with stabbing pianos and horn blasts throughout. 'Back To Kansas' is a determined wee number as it heads off down the highway. 'Destined To Die' apart from the morbid title is the bands heaviest moment, chugga chugga guitars and organ/keyboard work straight from the Deep Purple instructors manual written by Jon Lord. 'Lean N Mean' reminds me of early Rick Derringer and Pat Travers Band, and again the Jon Lord inspired organ runs are close at hand. 'Dianne Part 2' continues the metallized boogie romp, though I gotta ask, what happened to 'Dianne Part 1'? The closer 'Good Life Shuffle' is a fun time Van Halen romp, a la the intro to 'Ice Cream Man', but sustained over the entire song. The female 'doo-wops' are a little off-putting, but hey.. if Dave Lee Roth can do it??

In Summary
As can be expected when remembering one-off efforts like The Boyzz, their history was indeed short, and they split up the following year due to media and public indifference. However, three of the members (Halinkovitch, Tafoya and Angel) reformed as The B'zz during 1982. That band also featured drummer Steve Riley (WASP and L.A Guns) and vocalist Tom Holland (Holland). 'Too Wild To Tame' was re-released during 2001 on the French label Axe Killer some years later, while Dirty Dan Buck resurrected The Boyzz in 1999 with a different line-up. He's obviously still untamed after all these years!

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#1 | sabace on April 07 2006 18:51:20
brilliant lp, down and dirty rock n roll with Dan buck sounding like he gargles with razor blades .
#2 | gdazegod on September 24 2010 02:55:04
I actually owned the Axekiller CD version of this album. Picked it up for a steal ($7.00) in a second hand record store in NZ. I don't have it now (traded it).. what an idiot I was..
#3 | Nick C on September 25 2010 12:45:09
Another one of those albums that I love....hmm sounds like I'm getting a bit predictable here.
It's just one of those 'special' albums from when I was growing up along wiith stuff by Aerosmith, the Godz, 1994, Storm, Starz and another 100 or so (haha) that really shaped what I like and you know I get that feeling in my little tiny tummy (yeah right...too many lagers at work in reality) when I think about these albums...ahhhhhh..cute.
I'm gonna grab the CD to put in the car for the trip to work tomorrow!
#4 | reyno-roxx on February 07 2012 15:38:54
Having not picked up the CD version of this when it was first released, I kinda kicked myself for not having done so when the prices started to escalate. After a recent let-down in getting a copy I just found another for sale on Amazon for a very reasonable, unextortionate price and have been playing this one loud and proud all morning. Must say I appreciate this more at the age I am now than when I first bought the vinyl. Dirty Dan Buck sounds like a cross between Peter Criss, Jim Dandy and Eric Moore. 'Destined To Die' is fantastic; like The Godz with Gregg Giuffria on keyboards!
#5 | super80boy on March 14 2015 15:28:33
A raucous set of commercial biker rock that delivers the goods on most tracks. Cool keyboards in 'Wake It Up, Shake It Up' as well as in the epic biker ditty 'Destined To Die'. The inner sleeve has some great pictures of the band and their cadre of biker friends.
#6 | rkbluez on March 05 2017 22:24:50
Just got the Bad Reputation CD release and like Dave said I'm liking it more now than when I had the album in 1978...didn't like the vocals then but now I'm loving it.
#7 | gdazegod on March 05 2017 22:57:41
I had the Axekiller version which I sourced some time ago, but stupidly traded it for something else. DOH! frustration
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