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Artist: Bulletboys

Title: Bulletboys

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Category: Hard Rock/Glam

Year: 1988

Label: Warner Brothers

Catalog Number: W2 25782


Marq Torien vocals
Mick Sweda guitar, backing vocals
Lonnie Vencent bass, backing vocals
Jimmy D'Anda drums


1.  Hard as a Rock  3:06
2.  Smooth Up in Ya  4:25
3.  Owed to Joe  2:47
4.  Shoot the Preacher Down  3:42
5.  For the Love of Money  3:47
6.  Kissin' Kitty  3:11
7.  Hell on my Heels  3:26
8.  Crank Me Up  3:40
9.  Badlands  3:14
10.  F#9  3:21
Total Running Time:  34:39

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Existing comments about this CD

From: scofenix Date: May 19, 2001 at 21:31
If you loved the late 80's rock this is a must for your cd collection this cranks!

From: TIM Date: July 2, 2001 at 19:50
I agree with scofenix. Hard as a rock is excellent.The rest of the cd is great too. Marq Torien has an awesome voice. This cd sales for cheap on Ebay.

From: Chris Date: July 14, 2001 at 17:08
ALL of the songs on this album are awesome. Saw them live in 89, very energetic show. Unfortunately, except for "THC Groove" & "Thrill that Kills" from the second album 'Freakshow', the rest of their albums blow.

From: Harvey Date: January 5, 2002 at 10:54
Very good.Alot like early Van Halen. No surprise since Ted Templeman produced it, I suppose.

From: Jenni Date: January 19, 2002 at 17:48
Van Halen wannabes, man. I admit I have the CD's, but I can't help but remember back when Marq strolled through the backstage area when I was waiting to meet Winger like he was David Lee Roth. Probably both of them are lovers now. HAHAHA!

From: donny&angelfire Date: January 23, 2002 at 0:31
What kind of pussy-wimp-shit is this? Mick, you should've stayed with King Kobra. You really let us down with Marq Borien as your singer. Fuck this, I'd rather listen to Nelson!

From: Scott Date: February 21, 2002 at 8:29
A great cd...Too bad it came so late in the 80's...IMO one of the most underrated "Hard Rock" Bands of their time.

From: dokken6008 Date: April 18, 2002 at 13:39
The Bulletboys only album still in print, & for a good reason: All of the band's preceeding material was inconsistent, sounded like shit, and hey--I never had a deep appreciation for the Bulletboys in the first place. The reasons to buy this cd are "Hard As A Rock", "F#9" & of course "Smooth Up In Ya". The Bulletboys were a band that wrote a few good tracks & never really followed it up with any more great material. The band isn't that wonderful, but Marq Torien is a fantastic vocalist. 7.4/10.

From: Drag -in -Bones Date: May 5, 2002 at 14:47
A powerful album packed full of punches! It's strong, confident, intense, take the world by storm type music! Strap your safety belts on and brave the Phenomenon cause It's gonna be a wild ride! This is a definate 10 in my book! As for Donny and Marrie, I mean donny&angelfire. I don't think I would admit to the later part of your comment!

From: jason Date: May 7, 2002 at 22:25
This album had to grow on me but I think it rocks. Then their second album came out and they lost me. I got to see them live when Blackeyed Susan open for them and it was a killer show. That was back in 1991/92. Bulletboys were a cool hair band except for the fact that they tried to hard to be the next Van Halen.

From: ROCKDOG Date: July 15, 2002 at 13:56
If you like 80's L.A. sleaze/glam/party rock, this one is a must have. Buzz-saw guitars, pounding drums and bass and ear splitting screams along the lines of early Van Halen which they constantly got compared to. But it's more than that. The influence is there, but this is original kick ass stuff. This is the complete package. This DISC IS L.A. METAL 1980-1990. If you are a fan of this period, get it!

From: PaterHammesque Date: August 11, 2002 at 18:38
This debut from Bulletboys is their best, with other styles mixed in, like Blues(Shoot The Preacher Down), Funk(For The Love Of Money)and obviously Heavy Metal (and excellent Heavy Metal : Hard As A Rock, Badlands, F#9). Bulletboys (with Torien's Bon Scottesque vocals, but much more powerful and Sweda's Steve Vaiesque playing)is the BEST Hair Metal band, far better than Skid Row, Ratt, Dokken, Motley Crue, etc..

From: RichieRocker Date: August 11, 2002 at 18:58
Ya, Ok Buddy! Better than Motley Crue?

From: David Date: August 20, 2002 at 9:00
In my opinion this is the most over-rated album on this web-site, a close second would be Star Star's The Love Drag Years album.

From: nitrodoll Date: August 20, 2002 at 14:45
smooth up in a classic..but you can deny the fact that the bullet boys on their first and second disc were having a david lee roth stylish kinda singer ..but their best cd was "zaza".and their worst that horrible "acid monkey" disc.. cool

From: Richard H. Date: September 27, 2002 at 12:40
Straightup uncompromising hard rock without a ballad in sight.A great c.d to stick in your player while cruising down the strip on a Saturday night.Cool

From: TIM Date: October 6, 2002 at 17:39
I have to partially disagree with you David. I love this album but I hate Star Star. I think this album is underrated.

From: RichieRocker Date: November 9, 2002 at 22:42
"Owed to Joe" Kissin Kitty" Smooth up In ya" great album from these guys definatly worth looking into. They are Van Halen wannabees but they can rock. Check them out!

From: HairMetalManiac Date: November 25, 2002 at 11:05
This is the only Bulletboys effort I cared for and I do like this one a lot. Hard as a Rock, Smooth Up in Ya, Kissin Kitty, Hell on My Heels, Badlands, and F#9 are the highlights for me...I recommend this CD to anyone who hasn't heard far as BB being "the BEST Hair Metal band, far better than Skid Row, Ratt, Dokken, Motley Crue, etc.."...well, that is a total each their own, though...Rock On!!

From: drummerfish Date: December 19, 2002 at 9:41
as a drummer i try to keep my playing style current & modern,but the 1st album is the best & still gets my energy going.jimmy's playing on this album is a influence on my style.even thought its a poor mix.a few months ago i was going to audition for a band he was playing in,and they said he was being replaced cause he sold his kit,which wasn't nice to begin bad things got bad for him.

From: vikingo666 Date: March 24, 2003 at 16:34

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: April 18, 2003 at 20:28
Mick Sweda (the guitar player) is 41 years old today.

From: byrdman69 Date: May 2, 2003 at 15:53
this c.d. rocked when it came out, an still does today. not the best musicians ever, but solid anyway. i like some of blues based influence and whailing vocals................not to shabby

From: jarett r. Date: August 27, 2003 at 12:14
marq torien was once a touring guitarist for ratt.

From: keebler Date: October 7, 2003 at 22:24
i bought this one but i could never really get into this band.

From: David Date: October 15, 2003 at 9:48
One of the few late 80's hard rock bands I could never get into. They are currently in the studio recording a new album & Sebastian Bach in making a guest appearance on one of the tracks, so that's gotta be good!

From: Rockpig! Date: November 14, 2003 at 17:48
Fantastic Debut, but their career went downhill FAST after this. This was their only decent release. Still, this one's a classic keeper! Highly recommended...

From: Gar Date: November 17, 2003 at 19:11
A worthy effort, though it was never one of my favorites. "Smooth Up" is a monster of a song as is "Hard as a Rock", but the rest I couldn't really get into. I know I'm in the minority. but I actually liked their followup albums better.

From: tomcat Date: November 18, 2003 at 9:11
oh yeah, they tried to sound like ol' van halen but the bulletboys gave it a twist of their own with supurb hardrock tunes like 'smooth up in ya', 'hard as a rock' and 'crank me up'. this is a must get!!!

From: Harvey Date: November 27, 2003 at 17:22
They completely stole the early Van Halen sound...and who can blame them. While Van Hagar were writing synth ballads and buying coffee tables with their wives, Bulletboys released an absolute ass-exploding, whisky drinking, head smashing ball-buster of an LP. A band who didn't give a fuck and were all the better for it. Very, very cool indeed.

From: byrdman69 Date: December 22, 2003 at 10:28
Harvey.......very well put, I dont have to say much here. I think this disc rocks, and all you bashers....PISS OFF!!!!!!!

From: Rockhead Date: April 16, 2004 at 6:58
SMOOTHE UP IN YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have ben playing this again recently. wHAT AN EXCELLENT, COOL SOUNDING ALBUM. iT PLAIN rocks FROM START TO FINISH. great

From: dave Date: May 11, 2004 at 14:54
This rocks from start to finish! Great video for smooth up also. Pick it up yesterday. But probably the only one you need to own.

From: Big Papa K Date: June 12, 2004 at 23:36
Sounds just like Van Halen era David Lee Roth b-sides. But like most b-sides, not much really sticks out, save for Smooth Up In Ya and F#9. They would get better. 5/10

From: Metal Jay Date: July 30, 2004 at 23:28
This band had a cool look. Loved the name too. Not much else stands out to me. Smooth Up In Ya was ok ,but I honestly have very little good to say about this band. Wait.....No sorry, thought there was gonna be something else good, but no.

From: Sam Date: September 9, 2004 at 15:07
...Good for about two or three songs then the voice starts to REALLY get to you.

From: Geoff Date: September 9, 2004 at 20:38
As good a debut as there is out there. Regardless of any comparisons, this album is a f*cking killer. When 'Hard as a rock' hits you know you're in for a hard rockin' explosion. After that it's a free for all with the naughty, but killer 'Smooth up in ya', my favourite 'Kissin' kitty' (MMM!), the awesome hard rock of 'Hell on my heels' and 'Badlands' and my other fave, the closer 'F#9' with it's awesome solo. Good on 'em for doing a debut without the obligatory ballad! Excellent CD!

From: SUKS2BU Date: October 28, 2004 at 22:05
Pretty good cd,finally got it after many years of lookin for it!

From: Chad Date: October 29, 2004 at 20:14
Killer album. This is as good as it gets with blistering guitars, soaring vocals with attitude. Wow. Can't say enough about this one. All the tracks are worth a listen. Too bad album #2 and #3 never held the course. Bulletboys were a stellar band that had the I don't give a shit attitude and it showed in their music. THE album of the BB collection.

From: Propane Date: December 1, 2004 at 11:21
KIN-A!!! These dudes came out of the gate flying! Great band, great tunes.

From: Blaster Date: January 11, 2005 at 2:38
Excellent hard rock album, every track solid with no ballads. They kind of had a Van Halen sound except Marq Torien screeched more. I don't really care much for Smooth Up, but every other track is grade A, i especially like Kissin Kitty and For The Love Of Money

From: Date: April 11, 2005 at 0:21
I'm looking for lyrics of this CD all over the net, but can't find any.. Does anybody help me to find it?? Please~~~~

From: 80sMetal11 Date: June 20, 2005 at 1:12
Now this cd just kicks maximum ass! And this one is miles above King Kobra or any other Bulletboys cd! Hard As a Rock, F#9, and Smooth Up In Ya are hard rock anthems pure and simple! Kissin' Kitty and Hell On My Heels also ROCK! Man, I played a bunch of tracks from this at my friend's bachelor party and all strippers were just rockin out!

From: metalmaniac777 Date: February 4, 2006 at 13:44
In a time when rock was ruled by hair-metal's big guns, these guys were more like an air-pistol, or a scrappy li'l puppy begging for attention. In other words, these boys just weren't that good. Yes, "Smooth up in ya" is a classic anthem and a few other songs are OK, but overall, this ain't nothin' special. I sold this CD a long time ago (after ripping "Smooth up in ya" onto my computer) and haven't missed it once. Of course, I seem to be in the minority here, which is each their own.

From: headbanger4life Date: June 1, 2006 at 7:04
This was the one Bulletboys cd that I really liked. They had a fresh sound that stood out. I really loved 'Smooth Up in Ya'. I couldn't get that song out my head. I also liked their cover of 'For the Love of Money'. Unfortunately, this was the only release that I liked. Freakshow was ok, but it was hit and miss with me.

From: Metalmusicman Date: January 1, 2007 at 19:24
In his search for the next Van Halen, old Teddy T. stumbled across this little band. Where else you ask? Why the Sunset strip of course. He must have noticed the overwhelming similarities between Dave and lead singer Mark and while I very much enjoy this debut, I don't find it as good as some other might. "Smooth Up" is still to this day, one of my favorite 80's tunes. I also very much enjoyed their killer version "For The Love Of Money". A good album, but it didn't blow me away or anything.

From: IronSaviour Date: February 24, 2007 at 21:46
I hated this when it first came out but after hearing it again, it's quite a very good melodic hard rock. Tracks like Crank It Up and Owed to Joe are cool songs.

From: rockhardrock Date: March 6, 2007 at 8:54
This is an awsome record. For me this is their best album they ever recorded-till now First song "Hard as a rock" shows that this is great stuff."Smooth up in ya" is my personal fav.Also the video is great."Shoot the Preacher Down" is typical Van Halen rock style,also "Crank me up".Well-sorry to say that but "For the love of money" is the song that shouldnt be on this record-this is just my own opinion. Another two that i love:"Kissin Kitty" and "F#9".

From: juan carlos Date: July 24, 2007 at 10:14
Es un milagro que le guste esto al Geoff . Nada de baladas ni melodías o medio tiempos, Este es un Súper-Discazo de Hard Rock Fiestero Fresco Guitarrero con harta Actitud y Energía. Muy bien producidos,coros y con un cantante que se sale al mas puro estilo David Lee Roth osea full cachondeo. "Smooth Up in Ya" "Owed to Joe" "Kissin' Kitty" "Hell on my Heels" "Crank Me Up" "Badlands" mis favoritas. Hard Rock del bueno, muy recomendable para la fiesta con los amigos/as y sus cervezitas. 9.5/10

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 23, 2008 at 18:05
Ten tracks in 34 minutes of rowdy, horny rock 'n' roll. Yes, the Van Halen influences are there, but what band in L.A. WEREN'T influenced by VH in the '80's? Just about every song sticks in your head for one reason or another, and there are no ballads, a welcome rarity for the time. Only drawback is Marq Torien's overuse of the long, drawn-out scream, which grates on the ears after a while.

From: darobinson Date: August 20, 2008 at 18:23
Sounds like Mr. Torien needs a good ol' ass kicking after his little charade at Rocklahoma. He's not that good but he sure think's he is. Hopefully the next time he acts like a three year old he will be removed from the venue or actually smacked around a little.

From: hair metal again Date: July 15, 2010 at 5:14
this is hair metal perfection for me .it cant get any better in my book.amazing guitar work ,ecxellent groove,amazing catchy songs,terrific production by ted templeman,quite nice looks etc,etc.....simply one of the best hard rock releases of all me folks

From: brianrr600 Date: November 2, 2010 at 13:45
A+++ best cd for the money , 100 out of 100 !!!!! the other bb cd's were not so good !!

From: edwithmj Date: March 12, 2011 at 19:45
I've listened to this many times and each time I hope it will do something for me. It never does. Very boring hard rock resides on here. Horrid vocals coupled with tiresome lyrics does not make good music in my opinion. Hell On My Heels and Owed To Joe are two of the worst here.

From: Doug Date: March 15, 2011 at 13:47
I had this on vinyl and waaaaaaaay back in the day this was my very first CD purchase, so this album is special to me. Will never forget "the sound" that came out of my speakers that day. Cranked it to 11.

From: piberock Date: March 8, 2012 at 16:02

From: 5150 Date: July 23, 2013 at 6:36
Still one of my all time favorites.

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