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The Banzai Fuzz Kings were a punk band formed in 1987. The band consisted of Kenny Miller, Vernon Walker, and Craig Green. Vernon was dating Kenny’s sister when they decided that they were to start a band, they brought Craig Green in on vocals.

They’re first album First Fuzz (Bad To Worse Records 1988) had a solid punk sound, with such songs as “Cigs”, “I’m Back”, “Black Harvest” and “I Know”. It had Craig on Vox, Kenny on guitar and bass, and Vernon on guitar. The Banzai Fuzz Kings didn’t have drums, they felt that they really didn’t need them. After the release of this album, Craig enlisted in the military, leaving the band as a twosome.

Kenny and Vernon continued with the follow up, Sophomore Jinx (Bad To Worse Records 1989) which showed the band’s sound already evolving, they still had songs with the original punk sound like “Just Say No” and “Misunderstood” but they strayed from that sound quite a bit, mostly with the abundant instrumental tracks, but also with the metal song “Metal Man” and the much slower “Now That I’m A Man” which ponders “Now that I’m a man/I really don’t understand/how I’m suppose to feel”. Sophomore Jinx had Vernon and Kenny rotating on instruments with Kenny doing most of the vocals and Vernon doing most of the guitar work, and bass and piano were distributed between the two. Craig was still credited as part of the band on this album.

1990 was a big year for The Banzai Fuzz Kings, both good and bad. The early part of the year had the band releasing a concept album titled $uckcess (Bad To Worse Records 1990) which told the story of metal band from Bad Axe, Michigan named Glaze, and their rise to and fall from fame.

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