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1. Pretty Boy Floyd is a band that formed in 1988 in Hollywood, California. After play only eight shows, they were snapped up by MCA Records. Starting out at the tail end of the ’ sleazy rock scene, they’re best known for their 1989 debut album ‘Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz’.

Not too long ago, when a movement rose saying that rock was about having a good time, letting your hair down, and trying to create a little chaos and anarchy to have fun, four guys got together in Hollywood and formed a band. NYC guitarist Kristy Majors hooked up with west coast front man Steve Summers and laid the foundation for their dream band. They jammed, wrote songs together, and played constantly to get their sound right. The band chose the name “Pretty Boy Floyd” because it seemed to describe them well, being four teen toughs armed with guitar licks and teenage angst who set out to conquer the musical world.

The group signed to MCA records and released ‘Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz’, a 1989 album whose very name was a tongue-in-cheek tip of the hat to the group’s glamorous heroes such as Kiss, the New York Dolls, and Sweet. Those previous bands had also believed that rock music wasn’t just music, being part show, part spectacle, and part lifestyle (“a prostitute to be trumped up and tarted around like a band aid or cheap whore” in the words of David Bowie). The Howard Benson-produced album made a significant impact, being named one of the hottest albums of its genre by the ‘Metal Edge’ and ‘Spin’ magazines.


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