The Boys, in concert from Paris Theatre in London from 1980.
A somewhat short-lived band initially – going from 1976 to 1982 – and then resuming in 1999 and still around.
During their initial tenure, they released some four albums and eight singles, as well as. And even though they were met with limited success (the playing field was getting crowded by the late 70s), they still managed to influence a number of bands during the 1980s. They also released one album as The Yobs; a Christmas album and four Christmas singles.
Even though things were promising, it wasn’t enough to keep the band from calling it quits in December of 1981. Things went dormant for the rest of the 80s and most of the 90s until the late 90s saw the Japanese Band Thee Michelle Gun Elephant have a huge hit with a Boys cover. The popularity of the single prompted another look at the The Boys and all their albums were reissued in Japan only in 1999, selling some 30,000 albums in Japan alone. On top of that, a Tribute album was released with contributions from bands all over the world. Clearly, they were more popular than they thought, and their contributions were well recognized by a younger generation of musicians.
The sudden burst in popularity was so great that it persuaded a reunion in 1999 and in 2014 released their first studio album since 1981.
And speaking of Norway, the reunited band will be doing two gigs in Norway later on this year.
But back to the 80s tonight and 1980 with The Boys live from The Paris Theatre in London for the BBC Radio 1 series, In Concert.