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

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