Both Bang Tango and the Electric Boys are known for infusing funk with Glam....but which one did it better? Bang Tango's Psycho Cafe was driven by bassist Kyle Kyle's skills, which set him apart from most others in the Glam genre. However, the Electric Boys arrived on the scene from Sweden, and put out an amazingly funky major label debut, Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride. Both bands deserve credit for thinking outside of the box in a genre that heavily rewarded those who "stuck to the formula" (rocking song, followed by a power balled, followed by another rocker), but if you had to choose which blended the two types of music better, who would you choose?
In my opinion, the answer is clear...the Electric Boys. While I think Psycho Cafe is a decent album, for the most part, it sounded to me like average songs that were kicked up a notch by adding some funky bass lines with the bass kept high in the mix. For the other members of the band, the funk sounded forced and just did not flow (listen to "Love Injection" to hear a perfect example of what I am describing). Then compare that against Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride, and the difference is clear. While Bang Tango really had one component of the band adding funk to the mix, the Electric Boys were four individuals working together as a unit to make songs that flowed and were truly funky. The bass and drums laid a perfect backbeat throughout the album, which was then brought to life by the duel guitars and Conny Bloom's strong vocals. "Into the Woods," "Cheek to Cheek" and "If I Had A Car" are three songs that really stand out to me on this album and are examples of just how much the Electric Boys were genius in their ability to blend funk and metal.
I know Bang Tango has a very loyal fanbase, and they will probably skewer me for this post, but I have to call it like I see it. Not to take anything away from Bang Tango, as I am a fan, but for me, the Electric Boys did it better.