Pretty Boy Floyd

History

The origins of the band can be traced back to a group named Doll in Hollywood, California. It reportedly went through several different line-ups, all of them featuring lead vocalist Kerry Doll. At least one line-up featured then future Pretty Boy Floyd guitarist Ariel Stiles. Doll recorded a demo tape in 1986. Several songs on it were later rerecorded by Pretty Boy Floyd. When Doll broke up, former Doll guitarist Ariel Stiles then formed Pretty Boy Floyd with vocalist Steve Summers, bassist Vinnie Chas, and drummer Kari Kane. Soon Aeriel Stiles was replaced by former Jett Blakk guitarist Kristy Majors. The band's name was reportedly given to them by producer Kim Fowley with whom the band were working at the time.

Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz

After vigorously rehearsing and playing lots of shows in the San Fernando Valley, Pretty Boy Floyd got their big break at MCA Records. Their debut album named Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz was released in 1989 and produced by producer Howard Benson. The recording sessions were plagued with problems from the start, technically and manually but was finally released after some regret from their record company. It managed to get into the United States Billboard charts, but only reached no.130. The majority of the material featured on the debut album was written by former guitarist Aeriel Stiles, Kristy Majors wrote the song "Rock and Roll (Is Gonna Set the Night on Fire)". The LP was not well received by the LA music scene or by the industry.

Two singles, and accompanying promotional videos were released from the album: "Rock and Roll (Is Gonna Set the Night on Fire)" and "I Wanna Be With You", which gained rotation on MTV. They were also having success in Europe at the time, by being the cover subject of hard rock magazine Kerrang! on December 16, 1989.

Pretty Boy Floyd became embroiled in a dispute over the copyright of their band name, with a Canadian band also called Pretty Boy Floyd. The Canadian group released their debut "Bullets and Lipstick" the same year, but after a court case were forced to change their name to Tommi Floyd (the name of their frontman).

Rumours were rife of a British tour in early 1990, but any plans the quartet may have had fell by the wayside as MCA allegedly backed out of financing the group's visit. The band claimed that a support slot to The Quireboys was cancelled as the group would be left no time to shoot a video for 'I Wanna Be With You'. A previously planned British tour with White Lion was pulled after the headliners were forced to cancel the shows due to vocalist Mike Tramp's recent operation to remove his tonsils. Their music featured on two movie soundtracks, first the demo version of "48 Hours" was included on the 1989 "The Karate Kid, Part III" film. Two years later the previously unreleased "Slam Dunk" was released on the Ellen Barkin movie Switch soundtrack. Aeriel Stiles rejoined the fold in January 1991, staying the course until Pretty Boy Floyd's demise in early 1994.

They recorded a second album, Tonight Belongs To The Young, but it was only released years later.

Post-Pretty Boy Floyd

Steve Summers began to manage a strip club with his brother.

Kristy Majors formed a short lived band with future Beautiful Creatures rhythm guitarist Anthony Focx.

Vinnie Chas joined former guitarist Aeriel Stiles in the band Rattlin' Bones, their self-titled album was influenced by 70s hard rock such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

Kari Kane's musical ventures after Floyd are unknown.

Reunited

By late 1995 Pretty Boy Floyd had reformed. They went into the studio to record a five song E.P. titled "A Tale of Sex, Designer Drugs, and the Death of Rock N Roll" in 1998 through Perris Records. The band featured former Big Bang Babies guitarist Keri Kelli, L.A. Guns bassist Keff Ratcliffe as well as Steve Summers, Kristy Majors, and Kari Kane. The EP featured a cover of a song by Keri's previous band Big Bang Babies. A full length album Porn Stars followed, and it featured five re-recordings of tracks from their debut album, and eight others including a cover of Alice Cooper's "Department of Youth". Kelli would decamp in June 1999 working on projects such as Soda and Superfiliacs. Kelli would later join Dads Porno Mag, Ratt, Warrant and Slash's Snakepit. New bass guitarist was Lesli Sanders of Quenny Blast Pop.

2000 found Summers a member of Shamless with Tuff vocalist Stevie Rachelle and Kiss and Union guitarist Bruce Kulick. With Majors place being taken by Kelli, Pretty Boy Floyd put in a series of Japanese shows during 2001. The December live album "Live At The Pretty Ugly Club", recorded at Faster Pussycat singer Taime Downe's club in Hollywood, was augmented with two new studio tracks "Don't Save Your Love" and "It's Still Rock n' Roll To Me".

Original member Kristy Krash Majors left the band during March of 2002, subsequently releasing a solo album "Goodbye Rock And Roller". Former Pretty Boy Floyd bassist Keff Ratcliffe would join L.A. GUNS as rhythm guitarist in June. The 'Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz' album, complete with five bonus tracks, saw a re-release in mid 2003 courtesy of Perris Records. A new album, "Size Really Does Matter" co-produced by Lesli Sanders and Brian Haught and recorded at Synical Teknologies in Hollywood, also saw issue via Deadline Records.

Throughout June and July 2003 the band allied themselves with Enuff Z' Nuff and Faster Pussycat for the debut "Metal Sludge" tour of North America. That same year the band issued the album "Tonight Belongs To The Young", this apparently being a collection of songs intended for a proposed second MCA record.

Pretty Boy Floyd announced a reformation in October of 2004, with original lead singer Steve Sex Summers on vocals, along with Peppermint Creeps members Eddie Electra on bass, Macy Malone on guitar and Traci Michaelz on drums. Ex-members Lesli Sanders and Chad duly forged Prophets Of Addiction.

Pretty Boy Floyd scheduled UK dates ranked alongside Bang Tango and Enuff Z' Nuff for April 2005. US gigs scheduled with Faster Pussycat would be jeopardised when Electra, Malone and Michaelz exited en masse and ignited a bitter war of words. Pretty Boy Floyd toured Japan during December 2005. For these gigs Summers employed the Fastback duo of guitarist Michael Thomas and bass player Jamie Keane. Manning the drums would be Todd Michael 'T' Burr, a scene veteran of outfits Ninja, Rocknee, Substance D, Tuff, The Druts, Freedom Under X-ray, Agrokulcher, Fastback and, as 'Lars McBrain', tribute band Motley Priest.

Recent times

The band announced they were to team up with Stephen Pearcy and Bang Tango for the 'Metal In America Tour 2006' beginning in early February. The group pulled in original members guitarist Kristy Majors and drummer Kari Kane for these gigs. A 20th anniversary album was announced in April 2007, set to feature Steve Summers, Aerial Stiles and Vinnie Chaz. However, Summers still toured across Europe throughout April and May alongside Tuff and Shameless with a different line-up including guitarist Macy Malone, bass player JK Famous and drummer Tracy Michaels.

European concerts were held in September 2008 packaged with Fatal Smile, Britny Fox and Bulletboys. However, in early November the band broke up once again. Steve Summers promptly reformed the band. Within days it was announced a "new and improved" Pretty Boy Floyd line-up was available for gigs comprising vocalist / guitarist Kristy Majors, guitarist Ryan Seelbach, bassist JK Famous and drummer Kari Kane. The saga continued as on 8th November Kari Kane he was not performing with either version of Pretty Boy Floyd.

In 2009, the band celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the release of Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz with a world tour.

Original bassist, Vinnie Chas died on April 5, 2010.

On September 9, 2010 it was announced that Troy Patrick Farrell had been fired. On September 11, 2010 the band announced that Vik Foxx (formerly of Enuff Z'Nuff, Vince Neil band, The Veronicas) had been hired as their new drummer.

In 2011 Majors and Summers continue to argue through the Internet.

Lineup

Steve "Sex" Summers - vocal (1987 – 1994, 1995 – 2008, since 2008)
Kristy "Krash" Majors - guitar (1988 – 1994, 1995 – 2000, 2001 – 2002, 2006, since 2008)
Criss 6 - bass (since 2009)
Vik Foxx - drums (since 2010)

Former members:

Aeriel Stiles - guitar (1987 - 1988)
Keri Kelli — guitar (1995 – 1999, 2000 – 2001)
T'Chad — guitars (2003 - 2004)
Michael Thomas - guitar (2005)
Macy Malone - guitar (2004 - 2005, 2007)
Davey Lister - guitar (2007)
Ryan Seelbach - гитара (2008)
Cristi Lane - guitar
Vinnie Frehley - guitar
Lesley Butch - guitar
Dimebag Darrel - guitar (one gig only) R.I.P.
Tommy Thayer - guitar
Vinnie Chas — bass (1987 - 1994) R.I.P.
Keff Ratcliffe - bass (1995 - 1999)
Lesli Sanders - bass (1999 - 2004)
Eddie Electra - bass (2004 - 2005)
Jamie Keane — bass (2005)
Mikki Twist - bass (2007)
JK Famous - bass (2007, 2008)
Joey Cock - bass
Pinky Triangle - bass
Roxy Coxy - bass
Kari Kane - drums (1987 – 1994, 1995 – 200?, 2006, 2008)
Dish - drums (2001-2003)
Todd Michael Burr - drums (2005)
Scotti D. - drums (2007)
Traci Michaels - drums (2004 - 2005, 2007) R.I.P.
Troy Patrick Farrell — drums (2009 - 2010)
Chad Stewart - drums
Eric Singer - drums
Criss Peters - drums
Stacy Starr - drums

Discography

Studio albums and EPs:

1989 - Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz
1997 - A Tale of Sex, Designer Drugs, and the Death of Rock N Roll (EP)
1998 - Porn Stars
1998 - Live At The Roxy - Wake Up Bitch (live)
2001 - Live At The Pretty Ugly Club (live)
2002 - The Vault (demos compilation)
2003 - The Vault 2 (demos compilation)
2003 - Tonight Belongs to the Young (remastered demos compilation)
2003 - Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz (reissue with 5 bonus tracks)
2004 - Dirty Glam (compilation)
2004 - The Greatest Collection - The Ultimate Pretty Boy Floyd (compilation)
2004 - Size Really Does Matter
2007 - Live Hard Live Fast (EP)
2009 - Glam As Fuck - Vinyl (compilation)
2010 - Kiss Of Death - A Tribute To KISS

Singles:

1989 - Rock and Roll (Is Gonna Set the Night on Fire)
1989 - I Wanna Be With You
2008 - Do You Wanna Touch

Videos:

1989 - Rock and Roll (Is Gonna Set the Night on Fire)
1989 - I Wanna Be With You
2007 - Live Hard Live Fast

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