BULLET BOYS (1988–2000). Marq Torien (vocals), Mick Sweda (guitar), Lonnie Vincent (bass), and Jimmy d’Anda (drums).
A somewhat bluesy-sounding L.A. metal band, Bullet Boys emerged on the national scene with Van Halen–like buzz that started with the fact that they shared producer Ted Templeman and ended with the superficial similarities between blond-haired frontman Marq Torien and David Lee Roth. Riding the last wave of the L.A. hair metal scene, the band’s stock in trade was sleazy rock, perhaps best displayed in such songs as “Do Me Raw” and “Smooth Up (In Ya).” After an initial splash on MTV, the band’s fortunes declined, and while they moved in a bluesier direction (even covering bluesman Robben Ford’s “Talk to Your Daughter”), they quickly faded from the national spotlight.
Discography: Bulletboys (Warner Bros., 1988); Freakshow (Warner Bros., 1991); Za-Za (Warner Bros., 1993); Acid Monkey (Swordholio, 1995); Burning Cats and Amputees (Cleopatra, 2000); Sophie (2003); Smooth Up in Ya: The Best of the Bulletboys (Cleopatra, 2006); Behind the Orange Curtain [Live] (Crash, 2007); Freakshow/Za-Za (Wounded Bird, 2005); Greatest Hits (Lemon, 2005).