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Bad Boy - 2003 We Should've Been Dead By Now

ALBUM: We Should've Been Dead By Now
LABEL: Legend
YEAR: 2003


LINEUP: Steve Grimm - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Xeno - vocals, guitars * Craig Evans - bass, vocals * Scott Berendt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Let It Go * 02 All My Life * 03 Ride The Thunder * 04 Halfway * 05 Remember Me * 06 No Resistance * 07 We're All Insne * 08 I Fell Down * 09 Had Enough Of You * 10 What? Are You Crazy? * 11 On The Edge


While they recorded two new tracks for a best of cd in 1998 and released an EP in 1986, this is the first full length studio record from Wisconsin AOR giants Bad Boy in 19 years. Apparently the new album's title was inspired by a lady who asked them if they were the 'real' Bad Boy. When she was assured this was the same outfit that rocked the Midwest since the mid 70's, she said 'Man, I thought you guys would be dead by now.' As you'll discover, it's a good thing they're not.

The Songs
A more restrained, subtle style informs this album, starting with opener 'Let It Go'. A strong hook at midtempo sets up a fine John Mellencamp styled rocker, a good start. 'All My Life' is built around an AC/DC styled guitar motif, although played in a more laid back style, it develops into another Midwest heartland AOR rocker of quality. 'Ride The Thunder' is maybe too restrained considering it's title, the arrangement seeming to limp along - but still enough subtle moments to savour, and it rocks harder toward the end. 'Halfway' is another animal entirely, recalling the barnstorming 80's Bad Boy, and scoring a '10' on the coffee meter ... you can literally feel the fun that they're having pour out of the speakers toward you, hooks and melodies everywhere, surely a winner. 'Remember Me' could be the classiest ballad of 2003 so far. An ethereal melody over a stirring string section, building to the kind of sheer class that only the years can bring. 'No Resistance' and 'We're All Insane return us to the well crafted subtle AOR of the first few tracks, leading into another class power ballad 'I Fell Down'. This one rocks a little harder without sacrificing any of it's natural grace. 'Had Enough Of You' blasts off with some great guitar effects over an insistent backbeat, developing into the kind of big rocker you'd find on their 'Private Party' vinyl, acres of attitude with melody to match. 'What? Are You Crazy?' is a strange one, caught somewhere between 70's Aerosmith and even later Beatles! It proves the point that unusual melodies and song structure can work if you know what you're doing - it works. The album closer is 'On The Edge', combining Neal Schon type guitar licks, acoustic picking and classy synth work all at a relaxed midtempo. They've saved the best for last, and in a better world this melodic anthem would be a top 10 single right now.

In Summary
This long awaited comeback CD is available from their website, along with their back catalogue. They've played well received gigs with: Survivor, 38 Special, Cheap Trick, Night Ranger, Kansas, Angel and others in support of this release, and there's no end in sight. The future for Bad Boy looks good. A very consistent album, that gets even better the more you listen.

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