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BulletBoys are a band from Los Angeles, California that was formed by vocalist Marq Torien, guitarist Mick Sweda, and bassist Lonnie Vencent in the late after they left King Kobra. It also featured new young rock drummer Jimmy D’Anda. Their self-titled debut album, labeled by one critic as “a decadently wonderful excursion into the eye of the hair metal hurricane”, brought them huge commercial success, producing the top 40 hits “For the Love of Money” (an offbeat The O’Jays ) and “Smooth Up” (also known as “Smooth Up In Ya”).

The band’s first two albums, featuring melodic arguably a cut above the style of the times, were 1988’s ‘Bulletboys’ and 1991’s ‘Freakshow’, both distributed by Warner Brothers. Well received by many musical critics such as those from the All Music Guide, massive fan support allowed the group to at least partly weather the storm of musical changes at the start of the . Some critics, supporters and detractors alike, compared the band to David Lee Roth-era Van Halen, as the band’s -inspired riffs as well as Torien’s vocal and performing similarities were noted as being partly derivative. That argument was furthered by the fact that rock impresario Ted Templeman produced both the Roth-era Van Halen albums and the BulletBoys. Still, the guitar work for the Bulletboys was nowhere near the level of Eddie Van Halen, albeit still showing serious talent, so the comparisons are limited.


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  • Schnedlit

    New Album Rocks!!!

    11 Jun 12:36am Reply
  • cherry-pie-

    This band is freakin' awesome! BulletBoys rocks! [2]

    7 May 7:42pm Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    This band is freakin' awesome! BulletBoys rocks!

    25 Apr 10:41am Reply
  • jrs1991

    Really good band

    12 Feb 2:27am Reply
  • promisedeyes


    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • litex_fen

    Great Band!

    26 Feb 2014 Reply
  • AllMightyJesus


    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • dxvolt

    JOIN IN >>>

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • david090366

    Love Hang on St. CHristopher.

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • hotelcaliforni


    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • BadKittyRocks

    \m/ SMOOTH UP IN YA \m/

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Morwennol

    RIP Johnny! I hope BulletBoys continue to make music.

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • chumengna123


    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    Great band! The debut album and Za-Za are fantastic, Freakshow has some killer tunes as well along with a great Tom Waits cover, Behind the Orange Curtain is an awesome live album which shows that they can sound as good live as they sound on their studio albums. Marq Torien is one of my all time favorite favorite lead singers, his voice is absolutely fantastic, but after Mick, Lonnie and Jimmy left this band is not the same anymore. Acid Monkey, Sophie and 10c Billionaire are too weak comparative to their early works, but I think if Marq would find a decent musicians for the replacement and they will record something like their first three albums, these guys will probably hit a home run.

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • jmb77388

    I saw them and they rocked

    20 May 2010 Reply
  • Super_Jesus

    Marq got arrested haha

    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • imagesk8r6969

    great band. but i figured maybe they would have sum more plays, shouts, fans, etc.... lol Bullet Boys make me hard as a rock!!!!!! hahahahahah lmao

    3 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Brees_Cutla

    That was tough to live up to being called the second coming of Van Halen. It's a shame they weren't as successful as their predecessor.

    23 Jun 2009 Reply
  • demonspeed1102

    Their cover of "Hang On St. Christopher" is sooooo fucking good. Love the BulletBoys.

    18 Apr 2009 Reply
  • mrlee192

    i like their debut album, and freakshow. Cool stuff. At the guy below, i dont think they are Van Halen wannabes. They lend some techniques off the guys, more inm the performance department. But i wouldnt say they are clones. They sound more like VH crossed with Aerosmith to me.

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
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