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Bux - 1976 We Come To Play

ALBUM: We Come To Play
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-11459
YEAR: 1976


LINEUP: Ralph Mormon - vocals * Punky Meadows - guitars * James Newlon - guitars, vocals * Mickey Jones - bass * Paul Chansky - keyboards * Rocco 'Rocky' Isaac - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Crosstown Girl * 02 Highway * 03 It's Your Baby * 04 If You Want Love * 05 White Lightning * 06 Come On Down * 07 Buy Me A Bottle * 08 When Your Time Has Come * 09 Next Train

Taking a trip back in time to the seventies we uncover a local area band out of Boston called Bux. The band's origins came from a prior local area band who were quite popular at the time, called Daddy Warbux. The next incarnation saw the name shortened. Guitarist Jimmy Newlon had also inked a deal with Aerosmith band manager Frank Connolly, from which came this album on Capitol Records. Soon to be superstars Punky Meadows and Mickey Jones had gravitated to Boston after the demise of their band The Cherry People, and during their time together, Bux played up and down the Northeastern seaboard, so were quite well known and well polished long before 'We Came To Play' was released. In actual fact, the band had actually broken up before Capitol decided to release it posthumously in 1976. My guess is that Bux broke up in late 1974, because the band Angel featuring Punky Meadows and Mickey Jones, were already in business at about that time, though under the moniker Foxy.

The Songs
The music is straight-ahead rock n roll, with a hint of Aerosmith (understandably), Ramjam, and Memphis based band Target. The twin-guitar spearhead of Meadows and Newlon fuelled this band though the excellent vocals of Ralph Mormon was the icing on the cake. Highlights include 'Highway', 'If You Want Love' and the original version of 'White Lightning', which is much rawer than the version Angel gave us on 1977's 'On Earth As It Is In Heaven'. For something completely different, the band go 'down-country' with the southern drawl of 'Come On Down', while 'Its Your Baby' is a mixture of country-rock, funk and blues all rolled into one.

In Summary
So why the band split? I'm sure someone will know the real story. Was it because the songs sucked? I don't think so. However, no one was willing to hang around and find out. As mentioned, Meadows and Jones scampered back to Washington DC to hook up with Frank Dimino.. the rest of that lineage of history is well-known. Mormon joined Aerosmith's Joe Perry on his 1980 solo album 'Let The Music Do The Talking', and then was promptly dumped the following year. Newlon went on to play with and produce other bands in Connecticut. Bux were without doubt, a classic case of 'shot out of the cannon before the fuse had been lit.'

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#1 | Eric on February 15 2006 22:39:44
Just a note on Ralph Mormon, He was dumped during the 1980 Joe Perry Project 'Let The Music...' tour. I know, because I had front row for Journey on the 1980 'Departure' tour and Joe Perry Project opened the show. It sure wasn't Mormon, and the replacement vocalist name was announced in the set during band introductions-via Joe Perry, but I can't remember who it was?

Eric A.
#2 | reyno-roxx on June 28 2009 15:27:29
I don't think that the mystery over exactly who appeared on the album cover was ever solved. Meadows told me in 86 or 87 that he and Jones weren't on the album cover, so who is?
#3 | reyno-roxx on October 07 2011 15:26:47
Eric, Ralph was replaced in the Joe Perry Project by Joey Mala, who had been in the New York based group Revolver up to that point. Mala lasted 3 shows....By the way, in Philadelphia at the Spectrum show JPP was a no show, so Sterling (of 'City Kids' LP fame) opened instead. Michael Kehr tells me that Sterling played two shows on that tour.
#4 | Eric on October 07 2011 16:03:03
There was a show in Providence, RI between the Nassau Coliseum concert I saw and the Spectrum gig (with Sterling) so that must have been Mala. I remember he had black permed hair and J. Perry seemed to be 'elsewhere'. I also had a direct view of Steve Smith watching the gig stage-side ready to go in his shorts and tank-top stage gear...
#5 | reyno-roxx on April 16 2017 18:35:46
I believe the guy second from left on the front cover is Erik Cartwright, who joined Bux after they briefly reformed in 1974 following Punky and Mickie leaving for pastures new. Cartwright joined Foghat in 1981.
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