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

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