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To say Boyd Farrell’s got a reputation is an understatement. He’s a troublemaker, loudmouth, prankster, and sometime drunken-brawler—and I don’t think he’d deny any of it. This is, after all, the guy who went to Yesterday and Today Records to beat up a music critic over a negative review. Oh, and did I mention he’s a singer too?

Boyd was singing in the Snitch—who weren’t great, as he’ll happily tell you—but they were his first real band, and he wasn’t gonna take a badmouthing from some self-important little toad of a critic sitting down. He set out, along with bassist Paul Cleary, to get some payback.

Their quarry, like a lot of early scenesters, worked at a record store. He worked at the record store: Yesterday and Today. But when Boyd and Paul showed up, no amount of quiet intimidation or bluster could draw him away from the counter. He wouldn’t even look them in the eye. Denied attention, boredom set in and they went back home to watch some TV, leaving the critic to carry on ringing up customers and running his record store.
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Yeah, Boyd’s first run in with Skip Groff was when he went to kick his ass.

When the Snitch disintegrated, Boyd decided his next band was gonna be different. They needed more original material, better original material, better musicians, and most importantly dedicated musicians. He knew just who he wanted, too: Keith Campbell on guitar, Paul Cleary on bass, and Tommy Carr on drums. The fact that they were in other bands didn’t even phase him.


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