Electric Boys – Starflight United

Starflight United 2014It was back in the late 80’s when AOR and melodic rock ruled the airwaves. Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Europe owned everything and even bands like Kiss, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest would succumb into the use of keyboards and catchy radio friendly choruses. That’s when Electric Boys stuck their neck out like a big middle finger to every perm haired hard rocker who had jumped on the melodic band wagon. It might sound like I hate that kind of hard rock, but I don’t – quite the opposite – I love it. But I’m also a sucker for bands and artists that comes along and breaks the trends – as the long as the music kicks ass. Guns N Roses had released Appetite For Destruction by this point, but no one had started to give a damn yet. Therefore, when Electric Boys came along in Sweden they were a breath of fresh air. Listening to them today, their music might not sound ground breaking at all, but back in 1989, their mix of Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and shit loads of funk wasn’t what the Swedish music scene was all about. Before Electric Boys, lead singer and lead guitarist Conny Bloom (then Blomqvist) and bassist Andy Christell had a pop rock band called Rolene, that also had former Hanoi Rocks drummer Gyp Casino in the band, but the band disappeared fast and when Electric Boys first emerged, they were just a duo that concisted of Bloom and Christell before Franco Santunione (guitar) and Niclas Sigevall (drums) joined. Their debut album Funk-o-Metal Carpet Ride (1989) was a huge success in Sweden and the singles “All Lips n’ Hips” and “Electrified” became big hits and it was decided that a new version of the album would be recorded for the U.S. market, with five new Bob Rock produced songs replacing some of the original tunes. The album was a success, but when Groovus Maximus was released in 1992, nothing really happened world wide and with grunge happening, their record company lost interest and Franco and Niclas jumped the ship and were replaced by Martin Thomander (guitar) and Thomas Broman (drums) for the uninspired Freewheelin’ (1994) before the band disbanded.

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