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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.   Mama (Don't Take My Drugs Away)
  4.   Home
  5.   Sound of Silence
  6.   You Don't Wanna Know
  7.   Bad Man
  8.   I'm Glad You're Dead
  9.   Rogue
  10.   Medicine
  11.   Never Coming Back
  12.   Sing
  13.   Guardian
  14.   Guns Ablazin'
  15.   Turn the Heat Up
  16.   Forgiven
  17.   Show Me
  18.   Last Song
  19.   I Still Believe
  20.   Savior
  21.   What Was It Like?
  22.   End of the World
  23.   Turn Me On
  24.   Dry Your Eyes
  25.   Slave
  26.   Rise
  27.   Playing Dead
  28.   On That Night
  29.   Hate You
  30.   Empty Man
  31.   Dangerous
  32.   Sellout
  33.   Bullseye
  34.   The Predicament
  35.   Doom Walker
  36.   Start a War
  37.   Vampire
  38.   Pretty Razors
  39.   Low-Life
  40.   Hell In My Heart (Intro)
  41.   Chemical Valley
  42.   Paranoid
  43.   Be With You
  44.   Satisfied
  45.   Born Again
  46.   Don't Lie Down with Dogs
  47.   Got You Trapped
  48.   Better Than Me
  49.   Bobaflex Warriors
  50.   Pray to the Devil
  51.   Objectified
  52.   Lose Control
  53.   Strangle You
  54.   Wading Through the Dark
  55.   One Bad Day
  56.   Goodbye
  57.   Rise Again
  58.   Space Case
  59.   Bright Red Violent Sex
  60.   A Spider in the Dark
  61.   Midnight Nation
  62.   Burn Them All (Intro)
  63.   Pretty Little Things
  64.   Charlatan's Web Intro (Love Letter From a Booking Agent)
  65.   Tears Drip
  66.   Family
  67.   Six Feet Underground
  68.   Rescue You
  69.   Need a Drink
  70.   School For Young Ladies
  71.   Losing My Mind
  72.   That Old Speed
  73.   Feelin' Paranoid
  74.   Satisifed

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