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Motorcycle Boy

Imagine being in Pretty Boy Floyd when Motorcycle Boy show up. Suddenly you’re just some painted-up clown in pleather peddling third-rate Kiss riffs. There was just no two ways about it, man. Motorcycle Boy were the coolest band in town. Hands down. Here’s how cool they were: Alice Cooper wanted them for his backing band, so he asked them to audition. They showed up – late and drunk – and didn’t bother learning any of his songs. Too much trouble. They didn’t get the gig, but that Coop’s loss, not theirs.

Their first record was a seven inch, Feel It/One Punch, released on Flipside records in ‘89. Flipside was a west coast punk mag that essentially hated glam, at least in its then-current hair-centric incarnation, so the fact they they released it all is a wonder. It’s one of the most crucial releases of the era because it drags glitter rock back to its early 70s roots and thoroughly stomps it into a bloody, punk-inspired mess. The Ramones loved the New York Dolls, but they were too ugly and goofy to dress like them. Motorcycle Boy were the ‘74 Ramones with cool hair and stylish Italian threads.

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