“Atomic playboys, we are radiation Romeos…”. Ring a bell, anyone? For you who don’t hear the bell chime, that’s the first line in the chorus of the song “Atomic Playboys” by Billy Idol’s guitarist Steve Stevens’ own band with the same name, a band he formed after leaving Idol’s band back in 1988. Atomic Playboys released only one album, their self-titled debut in 1989, a real pity as the album was very good and there were plenty of us who believed that the band would have made it big if they had toughened things out for just a bit longer. The album wasn’t a complete failure sales wise but my guess is that everyone involved, both band and record company, had hoped for a huge selling album. For that project, Stevens had recruited frontman / lead singer Parramore McCarthy from the band Warrior, another band that got some rave reviews for their debut album Fighting For The World in 1985 but failed and drummer Thommy Price (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Billy Idol, Scandal) with Stevens handling all guitars and bass himself. But grand musical talent, cool looks and great songs aren’t always the recipe for success, you need luck too and maybe Atomic Playboys just weren’t meant to last. Stevens himself has called the project “a very expensive hobby”, so I guess a second try will never happen.