Pretty Boy Floyd (American band)

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Pretty Boy Floyd
Origin Hollywood, California, United States
Genres Glam metal, hard rock
Years active 1987–1991
1995–2006
2008-present
Labels MCA
Cleopatra Records
Deadline
Members Steve "Sex" Summers
Kristy "Krash" Majors
Criss 6
Vik Foxx
Past members See "Former members"

Pretty Boy Floyd is a glam metal band from Hollywood, California formed in 1987. They are most famous for their 1989 debut album Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz and the two singles from it; "Rock and Roll (Is Gonna Set the Night on Fire)" and "I Wanna Be With You". The band broke up in 1991 but reformed in 1995, releasing several new records since that time, and continue to the present.

History[edit]

Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz[edit]

For more information see; Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz.

After rehearsing and playing a few shows on the sunset strip, Pretty Boy Floyd got their big break at MCA Records. Their debut album named Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz was released in 1989 and produced by producer Howard Benson.

Two singles, and accompanying promotional videos were released from the album; "Rock and Roll (Is Gonna Set the Night on Fire)" and "I Wanna Be With You", which gained rotation on MTV. They were also having success in Europe at the time, by being the cover subject of hard rock magazine Kerrang! on December 16, 1989.

Pretty Boy Floyd became embroiled in a dispute over the copyright of their band name, with a Canadian band also called Pretty Boy Floyd. The Canadian group released their debut Bullets and Lipstik the same year, but after a negotiated settlement agreed to surrender use of the name.

Their music featured on two movie soundtracks, first the demo version of "48 Hours" was included on the 1989 The Karate Kid, Part III film. Two years later the previously unreleased "Slam Dunk" was released on the Ellen Barkin movie Switch soundtrack. However, by that time MCA Records had dropped the band.

Reunion[edit]

By late 1995 Pretty Boy Floyd had reformed. They recorded a five song E.P. titled A Tale of Sex, Designer Drugs, and the Death of Rock N Roll in 1998. The band featured former Big Bang Babies guitarist Keri Kelli, L.A. Guns bassist Keff Ratcliffe as well as Steve Summers (Steven Podwalski), Kristy Majors (Chris Maggiore, Jr.), and Kari Kane (Cary Ayers). The EP featured a cover of a song by Kelli's previous band Big Bang Babies.

A full-length album Porn Stars followed and, due to the fact the band had difficulty writing new material, it featured five re-recordings of tracks written by Ariel Stiles from their debut album, and eight others including a cover of Alice Cooper's "Department of Youth".

Recent times[edit]

In February 2006 they toured the United States. Following the tour the band broke up again. Kristy Majors released the album Sex, Drugs 'N' Rock N Roll and toured Europe in March 2007.

On March 1, 2008, Majors and Kane joined Summers to play on stage at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood, California. On December 31, 2008, they played Reno's chop shop in Dallas, Texas. In 2009, the band celebrated their 20th anniversary of the release of Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz with a world tour of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Oklahoma. Frehley 6 (formally of Black Sabbath) was hired as the drummer, and Criss 6 of Los-Angeles-based Mötley Crüe tribute band True 2 Crue was hired as the new bassist.[1]

In April 2011, Pretty Boy Floyd announced a new album of original material and a tour to support the album though they never recorded the album. The band has also announced that Michael Graves (Formally of Misfits and has been hired as the new drummer.

On June 15, 2012, Pretty Boy Floyd set out on the "America Rocks Tour" with Jack Russell's Great White, Faster Pussycat, Lillian Axe and Slayer. The band also sold a limited edition four track EP containing a cover of "Ace of Spades", a cover of an unreleased Mötley Crüe track "Run For Your Life", plus "7 Minutes in Heaven" and "American Dream".

On June 24, 2013, the band was publicly cleared by the LAPD in regards to suspicion to their involvement in the Zodiac killings decades before. Lead singer Steve 'Sex' Summers said, in a statement, on David Letterman's show that evening, that the band was 'thankful to have it all behind them' and they were looking forward to a 'new chapter' in their careers.

in early 2014, it was announced that Dave Lombardo, formerly of Slayer, would be handling drumming duties on the upcoming 'nose to the brownstone' tour, which took the band across South Africa and throughout the Pacific Islands in late 2014 and early 2015. It was also announced that noted producer Steve Albini, of Meat Loaf fame, a childhood friend of Lombardo, would be joining the group on guitar for the tour.

On March 25, 2015, the band was announced as one of the headlining acts for Lollapalooza 2015. It is said their inclusion was at the insistence of Paul McCartney, who has been a vocal fan of the band since its earliest days, calling them 'Today's Beatles' on several occasions. The announcement was met with resistance from the Metallica camp, with drummer Lars Ulrich calling them 'homos' and claiming Metallica was now rethinking their participation in the event upon hearing the news they'd be playing before Pretty Boy Floyd in the lineup.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Steve "Sex" Summers - vocal (1987–present)

Former members[edit]

After career with the band[edit]

Original bassist, Vinnie Chas died on April 5, 2010 from heart failure.[2] Kari Kane (Cary Ayers) has worked as a special effects make-up artist since 2011.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EP[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Rock and Roll (Is Gonna Set the Night on Fire)" (1989)
  • "I Wanna Be With You" (1989)
  • "Do You Wanna Touch" (2008)

Live[edit]

Tributes[edit]

  • Kiss Of Death - A Tribute To KISS - (2010)

Compilations[edit]

Release information[edit]

Date of Release Title Label US Billboard Peak
1989 Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz MCA 130
1997 A Tale of Sex, Designer Drugs, and the Death of Rock N Roll Perris Records Did not chart
1998 Porn Stars Deadline Did not chart
2001 Live At The Pretty Ugly Club Perris Records Did not chart
2002 The Vault Perris Records Did not chart
2003 The Vault 2 Perris Records Did not chart
2003 Tonight Belongs to the Young Perris Records Did not chart
2004 Size Really Does Matter Deadline Did not chart
2004 Dirty Glam Mausoleum Did not chart
2004 The Greatest Collection - The Ultimate Pretty Boy Floyd Deadline Did not chart
2007 Live Hard Live Fast Independent Did not chart
2009 Glam As Fuck Cleopatra Did not chart
2010 Kiss Of Death - A Tribute To KISS DIY Records Did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blabbermouth.net (17 Nov 2009). "PRETTY BOY FLOYD To Release New Album, Covers CD, Live DVD". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Dead Rock Stars Club January to June 2010". Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  3. ^ "Cary Ayers". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 

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