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Set the Night on Fire

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 10:07AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments5 Comments

PrettyBoyFloydband.jpgI'm in the mood for some Pretty Boy Floyd.

The band formed in Hollywood back in 1987, featuring an assorted mix of characters such as Steve "Sex" Summers and Kristy "Krash" Majors. Those, dear readers, are some glam names!

PBF is best known for their album Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz, which featured the singles "Rock n' Roll (Set the Night on Fire)" and "I Wanna Be With You." Originally signed to MCA, PBF has also released albums on Cleopatra and Deadline Records. Pretty Boy Floyd also contributed to movie soundtracks including The Karate Kid, Part III.

Music can be a contentious business and in-fighting eventually tore Pretty Boy Floyd apart. After Kristy Krash Majors left PBF, he formed the band Beautiful Creatures featuring members of other glam bands and guitarist DJ Ashba, who now collaborates with Nikki Sixx.

Of course, reunions are en vogue and Pretty Boy Floyd reunited in the mid-nineties and released Porn Stars.

Kristy Majors recently released a solo disc Sex, Drugs 'N' Rock N Roll, and you can hear some of those tracks at www.myspace.com/kristymajors. Majors and Summers are fighting again, and that's a shame. They really make a great team.

Check out this video from the band's heyday:

 

Now to the second part of today's blog -- the postmodern part. When I was in graduate school my focus was rhetoric, especially postmodern styles. Last night I was clicking around YouTube and I found, perhaps, the most postmodern video ever made.

The Peppermint Creeps are a modern horror-glam band. You can hear a few samples of their music at www.myspace.com/peppermintcreepsband. Warning! The Peppermint Creeps do not sound like Poison, RATT or Motley Crue. Now, the video below is the Peppermint Creeps performing as Pretty Boy Floyd, singing Motley Crue's "Live Wire."

Still with me?

Joining the Peppermint Creeps on stage is none other than Steve Summers of Pretty Boy Floyd, performing at the legendary Whisky a Go Go. The audio isn't so great, but that's not the point. I think a lot of us forget just how great glam bands are at supporting each other. Back in the day, bands turned out in full force to watch other musicians on the Strip. There was a true sense of camaraderie and it was pretty common for musicians to live together, play together, date the same women and fight for money together.

Ah, where have all the good times gone?

Reader Comments (5)

I think they are best known for inspiring Ugly Kid Joe to take on that band name. On their debut PBF were like 60% Poison, 20% Motley Crue and 10% themselves. It was kind of fun, but the writing is sketchy. Their is a current band called Loud-n-Nasty that I like that are sort of like early PBF.
April 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
I love Pretty Boy Floyd! Very good blog about them! Keep up the good work Allyson!
April 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
Nice video! The intro reminded me of the video by W.A.S.P. called I wanna be somebody..

Of course, i dont consider WASP to be glam because they were just too heavy, but they had sort of the 80s look and style in their videos at least... hey allyson, do you also listen to other bands besides glam??? just curious..
April 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRockfighter
Hey Rockfighter--

Yes, I listen to other music besides glam...but typically metal. I write for Metal Express radio so a lot of new bands come to me that way.

For a great new Progressive Metal band...check out Empyrios.

Allyson
April 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
Good post. Kristy Majors sent us a MySpace friend request yesterday and I was wondering, who is this guy? Funny timing.

Didn't our favorite replacement Keri Kelli also serve a stint in Pretty Boy Floyd at some point?
April 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterVince Neilstein

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