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Bad Boy - 1984 Electric Eyes

ALBUM: Electric Eyes
LABEL: Epicenter/STWZ
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1992, BMI America, ?


LINEUP: Steve Grimm - guitars, vocals * Xeno - vocals, guitars * John Marcelli - bass * Jackie Ramos - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Somethin' Ain't Right * 02 From Two To Three * 03 Who's It Gonna Be * 04 Cheat On Me * 05 Thunder And Lightning * 06 Afraid Of Your Love * 07 Electric Eyes * 08 Danger In My Business * 09 Shotgun * 10 From Two To Three (Extended)


After a superb 1981 album (Private Party), Bad Boy took 3 years to release a follow up. During the hiatus, former Cheap Trick lead vocalist Randy 'Xeno' Hogan joined the ranks, and you'd have every right to expect a strong and consistent album ... wrong.

The Songs
'Something Ain't Right' is an ominous and prophetic song title to open the album with, but having said that, it's a great AOR song featuring that well loved recipe of big hooks over 4/4 back-beat, overlaid with a confection of melodic vocals at chorus time. At this point, hopes for the album are pretty high. 'From Two To Three' is the first evidence that something indeed ain't right here. A gimmicky novelty pop song, it has no melody to speak of and plenty of cluttery electronic effects trying and failing to make up for it. 'Who's It Gonna Be' is a clear attempt at AOR, but comes across like Doc Holliday circa 'Modern Medicine' - uncomfortable, awkward and mediocre at best, not to mention repetitive. 'Cheat On Me' is a polar opposite, back in the same territory as track one, this is a stunner. It's songs like this that make the fillers hard to accept - massive attention to melody, a great hook and killer chorus, no surprise then that 'Cheat On Me' was a big radio hit in the Midwest. 'Thunder And Lightning' attempts to be an epic AORish track, sporting a Mellencamp-esque downhome stomp, but ultimately fails to hit the spot despite the odd bright moment. They ought to've checked out Hobbit's 'Intensity' and Shooting Star's 'Burning' (the song), to learn how an AOR epic sounds. 'Afraid Of Your Love' sends us further downhill, it's a classic example of a weak and repetitive hook and chorus, reminding one of any 80's Nantucket album, very disappointing despite a blistering guitar solo. 'Electric Eyes' starts out well enough but quickly sinks under it's own quirkiness and weakness of melody - at this point 80's Nantucket is starting to look pretty good again, which is a frightening thing to say! Danger Is My Business is back in Doc Holliday territory, trying to bring on the macho bar-room Southern attitude with embarrassing results. Among many cat calls, harmonica salvo's etc, a species of melody is trying to come through, but it's so weak that it's being buried is mostly a relief. They saved the worst for last though - 'Shotgun' tries to take on a jazzy/bluesy feel and ends up sounding second rate, especially the vocals. Again there's no melody to speak of, but what makes it the worst track is the great guitar solo from Steve Grimm, because in the context of the song it's totally wasted. Sadly, they saw fit to end the CD version with an extended mix of 'From Two To Three', which somehow manages to reach deeper depths than the album version, despite mixing in a medley earlier material.

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#1 | Jokerdean on January 10 2008 18:29:57
Cheat On Me was a song I'd heard from this lot.. a fairy good release if it's your thang (not heavy enough for me).. It gets a few spins every now and then...
#2 | Jokerdean on January 10 2008 18:31:16
I meant Fairly good release...not fairy..rofl
#3 | super80boy on March 06 2013 23:30:30
I liked this album even know the hardcore Bad Boy fans thought this was a sell out. There are some good AOR melodic rock tunes here. They would follow this up with the 1985 EP 'Girl On The Run' which employed the same sound and melodies.
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