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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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  3.   Strangle You
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  5.   I'm Glad You're Dead
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  7.   Got You Trapped
  8.   Rogue
  9.   Bad Man
  10.   Sound of Silence
  11.   Need a Drink
  12.   Forgiven
  13.   Slave
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  17.   Losing My Mind
  18.   Low-Life
  19.   Home
  20.   Paranoid
  21.   Don't Lie Down with Dogs
  22.   Rise Again
  23.   The Predicament
  24.   A Spider in the Dark
  25.   Dry Your Eyes
  26.   Vampire
  27.   Playing Dead
  28.   Hell In My Heart (Intro)
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  30.   Dangerous
  31.   Better Than Me
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  34.   End of the World
  35.   Pray to the Devil
  36.   You Don't Wanna Know
  37.   Objectified
  38.   Show Me
  39.   Lose Control
  40.   School For Young Ladies
  41.   Pretty Little Things
  42.   Wading Through the Dark
  43.   Never Coming Back
  44.   Charlatan's Web Intro (Love Letter From a Booking Agent)
  45.   Rise
  46.   Pretty Razors
  47.   On That Night
  48.   Last Song
  49.   One Bad Day
  50.   Goodbye
  51.   I Still Believe
  52.   Be With You
  53.   Savior
  54.   Satisfied
  55.   Born Again
  56.   Sellout
  57.   Rescue You
  58.   Guns Ablazin'
  59.   Bullseye
  60.   What Was It Like?
  61.   Medicine
  62.   Tears Drip
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  70.   Family
  71.   Burn Them All (Intro)

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