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

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