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The West Virginia hard rock band Bobaflex went through a typical series of changes in lineup, musical styles, and affiliations in the five years it took them from formation to their first national album release. The band was formed by brothers Shawn "Beaver" McCoy and Minister Marvin McCoy, direct descendents of the McCoy family from the famous Hatfield-and-McCoy feud of the 19th century. Shawn, on lead guitar, and Marvin, on bass guitar, were joined by drummer Ronnie Castro and co-lead singers Lutz and Drebbit, and the quintet made their debut on June 5, 1998, in Huntington, West Virginia, playing rock in a rapcore style. They built up a following in the tri-state area of West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky, and self-released their debut album, Bobaflex, in August 1999. By 2000, they had attracted the attention of Atlantic Records, but nothing came of that. Then, at a gig, they encountered Shifty Shellshock, lead singer of Crazy Town, who helped them get a production deal and got them into discussions with Columbia Records for a record contract. In 2001, Michael Steele joined on guitar. The Columbia deal fell through when the band split over musical differences, with Lutz and Drebbit departing, while Shawn, Marvin, Castro, and Steele, retaining the band name, opted for a more mainstream rock sound. Marvin switched to guitar, and Shawn and Marvin took over vocal duties, adding bass player Jerod Mankin. This quintet made the five-song EP Primitive Epic, which the band released in May 2002. That recording attracted the interest of independent metal label Eclipse, which signed Bobaflex in March 2003. Meanwhile, Castro left the band and was replaced by drummer Thomas Johnson. Bobaflex recorded new songs and remixed existing ones to expand Primitive Epic into their Eclipse debut, and the new full-length version of the recording was released in August 2003. The band went on to TVT Records, where they released two albums, 2003's Apologize for Nothing and 2007's Tales from Dirt Town, before leaving the label (which had filed for bankruptcy) in 2009. An EP, Chemical Valley, followed on BFX in 2010, as well as two more full-length albums, 2011's Hell in My Heart and 2013's Charlatan's Web. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  2.   Bury Me With My Guns
  3.   Forgiven
  4.   Sound of Silence
  5.   Mama (Don't Take My Drugs Away)
  6.   Turn the Heat Up
  7.   School For Young Ladies
  8.   I'm Glad You're Dead
  9.   Chemical Valley
  10.   Home
  11.   Paranoid
  12.   Medicine
  13.   A Spider in the Dark
  14.   Pretty Little Things
  15.   Vampire
  16.   Hate You
  17.   Be With You
  18.   Guardian
  19.   Bullseye
  20.   Doom Walker
  21.   Tears Drip
  22.   Bobaflex Warriors
  23.   End of the World
  24.   Dry Your Eyes
  25.   Lose Control
  26.   Strangle You
  27.   Losing My Mind
  28.   Wading Through the Dark
  29.   Sing
  30.   Rise
  31.   On That Night
  32.   Low-Life
  33.   Hell In My Heart (Intro)
  34.   Dangerous
  35.   One Bad Day
  36.   Goodbye
  37.   Sellout
  38.   Family
  39.   Guns Ablazin'
  40.   Better Than Me
  41.   What Was It Like?
  42.   Midnight Nation
  43.   Pray to the Devil
  44.   You Don't Wanna Know
  45.   Objectified
  46.   Show Me
  47.   Burn Them All (Intro)
  48.   Rogue
  49.   Never Coming Back
  50.   Pretty Razors
  51.   Playing Dead
  52.   Last Song
  53.   I Still Believe
  54.   Savior
  55.   Need a Drink
  56.   Born Again
  57.   Rescue You
  58.   Don't Lie Down with Dogs
  59.   Got You Trapped
  60.   Bright Red Violent Sex
  61.   Six Feet Underground
  62.   The Predicament
  63.   Space Case
  64.   Rise Again
  65.   Slave
  66.   Empty Man
  67.   Turn Me On
  68.   Start a War
  69.   Bad Man
  70.   Charlatan's Web Intro (Love Letter From a Booking Agent)
  71.   Satisfied

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