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

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