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.

Post-Pretty Boy Floyd[edit]

  • Vinnie Chas died in 2010 from heart failure.
  • Kari Kane's (Carl Ayers) is now a special effects make-up artist.[1]

Reunited[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 (Carl 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 it featured five re-recordings of tracks 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 played 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. Troy Patrick Farrel (formally of White Lion) 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.[2]

Original bassist, Vinnie Chas died on April 5, 2010.[3]

In April 2011, Pretty Boy Floyd announced a new album of original material and a tour to support the album. The band has also announced that Ben Graves (Formally of Murderdolls and Dope) 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 Bulletboys. 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".

Members[edit]

Current members
  • Steve "Sex" Summers - vocal (1987–1991, 1995–2008, 2008-present)
  • Kristy "Krash" Majors - guitar (1988–1991, 1995–2000, 2001–2002, 2006, 2008–present)
  • JK Famous - bass (2009–present)
  • Ben Graves - drums (2010–present)
Former members

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

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