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B'zz, The - 1982 Get Up

ARTIST: B'zz, The
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Tom Holland - vocals, guitars * Michael Tafoya - guitars * Anatole Halinkovitch - keyboards, guitars * David Angel - bass * Stephen Riley - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Get Up Get Angry * 02 Too Much To Ask For * 03 Caught In The Middle * 04 Steal My Love * 05 Make It Through The Night * 06 I Love The Way * 07 Take Your Time * 08 Not My Girl * 09 Runaway Love Affair

Something of a Chicago supergroup, The B'zz, shook off their biker roots as The Boyzz, to become this lot. The band became more AOR-fied, losing much of the boogie/biker sound from four years previous. Joining the band, and no doubt helping the melodic cause immensely was singer/guitarist Tom Holland, previously with Steppenwolf. He hooked up with Mike Tafoya, Halinkovitch and Angel (from The Boyzz), while Riley came from Indiana pompsters Roadmaster. A strange mix admittedly, though the sound, once you get into it, is OK.

The Songs
Tom Werman was a busy man during 1982, and managed to find time to produce, what would ultimately be a one-off album for The B'zz. The intro to 'Get Up And Angry' is low and subdued. An unusual choice considering the songtitle, because it takes ages to warm up.. to 'get angry' as it were. When the B'zz get lucid and wild, the sound is very rockin'.. Holland even doing his best Dave Lee Roth impersonation. The pairing of 'Too Much To Ask For' and 'Caught In The Middle' are very radio-friendly numbers followed by the ballad 'Steal My Love' which is an album highlight. Trainspotters will notice the very distinctive Diving For Pearls similarity on 'I Love The Way'. Vocally, Holland doing his best Danny Malone impression here. This continues through on 'Take Your Time', a very melodic affair indeed. The good time boogie feel makes a return on 'Not My Girl', but this is soon forgotten by the catchy melodic hard rock of 'Runaway Love Affair'.

In Summary
Overall, more AOR than boogie/biker rock. A pleasant surprise considering their history. As mentioned, the album and band were shortlived. Riley upped and left and headed for greener pastures with Blackie Lawless and WASP. The other guys hung around in Chicago. A new band was formed by Tom along with renowned axe-shreder Mike Batio, to become Holland. This union resulted in the 'Little Monsters album during 1985. During the nineties, The Boyzz reformed for a few shows, whilst their one-off album 'Too Wild To Tame' saw a CD release on a French label. Unfortunately this did not culminate in any reunions for The B'zz - not surprising considering their shortlived existence as it was.

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#1 | GSpar77491 on May 28 2007 19:47:14
Cool little blast from '82. If ya like radio friendly catchy hard pop you could do much worse. Intesting comment from gdazegod saying Tom Holland was doing his best Danny Malone impression, especially since this album is from '82 and the Diving For Pearls was from '89! Tom must have a Time Machine..Smile
#2 | reyno-roxx on June 11 2008 11:17:19
Steve Riley was in Steppenwolf at the same time as Tom Holland, hence the connection.
There was a story that Riley had left Roadmaster as Angel were looking to replace an ailing Barry Brandt. I've since had this rumour quashed by Frank Dimino and Barry Brandt, who confirmed that it's untrue.
Riley did play in Empire, the band Mickey Jones formed after he got fired by Angel. The group featured Pete Valentino (aka Pete Comita, later of Cheap Trick) on vocals and Micki Free (ex Smokehouse, later to play with Shalamar and Crown Of Thorns of course) on guitar, during 1977.
#3 | Jez on June 13 2008 04:38:12
This is much more commercial MR effort than the more bluesy rock of the former Boyzz and in places is very good indeed - try 'Too Much To Ask For' 'Make It Through The Night' & 'When You Love' for size. Definately has a few fillers onboard, but the good more than outweighs the bad. Not the most essential re-issue ever but worth tracking down non the less.
#4 | sabace on August 02 2008 14:37:22
above average lp with ex members of THE BOYZZ
#5 | rostoned on August 03 2008 16:40:24
Superb drawing by painter Eraldo Carugati (Kiss solo albums, Rush 'Fly By Night' ) which makes you feel u r literally inches away from a bee's ass. This cover is a personal fav of mine nonetheless.
#6 | super80boy on February 16 2015 23:01:43
I remember buying this for the cover and once the first few songs hit, I was pleasantly surprised. The ballad 'Steal My Love' is a melodic gem with that infectious chorus. As mentioned a couple of fillers, but there's much to like and the video of single 'Get Up Ge Angry' is a raucous affair showing the keyboard player getting quite excited.
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