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

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