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

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