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Billy and the Boingers

Billy and the Boingers

Billy and the Boingers


The band was created by lawyer Steve Dallas during the peak of glam metal's commercial popularity, and originally called Deathtöngue. He wanted "another career... something big money... no neckties... loose sex..." and was inspired by the newly freed Bill the Cat doing a Horned Hand while waiting at the door to his office. Auditions promptly occurred, during which Opus auditions for the Tuba slot ("Heavy metal?" "Weighty brass... C'mon, gimme a break!") Read more on Last.fm
The band was created by lawyer Steve Dallas during the peak of glam metal's commercial popularity, and originally called Deathtöngue. He wanted "another career... something big money... no neckties...

loose sex..." and was inspired by the newly freed Bill the Cat doing a Horned Hand while waiting at the door to his office. Auditions promptly occurred, during which Opus auditions for the Tuba slot ("Heavy metal?" "Weighty brass... C'mon, gimme a break!") Their first single, "Demon Drooler of the Sewer" (which sold with "Leper Lover") peaked at 1,012 on the Top 100 list. Later, their record deal with CBS Records fell through because of explicit lyrics on "Let's Run Over Lionel Ritchie [sic] with a Tank", which Steve Dallas read to Clive Davis, who was sitting right under a giant autographed picture of Richie.

However, positive reaction was shown to the stunt of Bill biting off the head of a live roadie onstage (a reference to Ozzy Osbourne's Bat incident.) They also engaged themselves socially as Christmas carolers and delighted Bloom County's front porches during Christmas time. Their apparently self-composed yet tradition-based repertoire included "I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus so I blew him away" and "Rudolph the red-nosed headbanger". During congressional hearings on "porn rock," Dallas, under grilling by the wives of several congressmen, completely caved into congressional pressure and announced the band had changed their name and image to the more wholesome "Billy and the Boingers," possibly a play on the name Billy Vera and the Beaters, who had gained popularity in real life around that time. Late in its career, the rechristened Billy and the Boingers embarked on their first world tour, sponsored by Dr. Scholl's Odor Eaters, which consisted of a single gig: the Moose Lodge Banquet in the Hiawatha Room at the Motel 6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they played such favorites as "Hari Kari for Barry" (a reference to Barry Manilow) and "Pimples from Hell." Bill got rich when "U-Stink-But-I-♥-U" became a jingle for Wheat Thins commercials, but he did not share the wealth with his bandmates. When he lost his metalhead credibility after staying up all night and reading the Bible with a nun, the band informally disbanded and left him behind.

He was born again as a televangelist named "Fundamentally Oral Bill" in the tradition of Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker and Oral Roberts, and the nun got to star in a Pepsi endorsement. The lyric-writing ability of the band is exemplified by the following chorus: "Run with the Devil! Shout Satan's might! Deathtöngue! Deathtöngue! The Beast rises tonight!" Sadly, the hoped-for Grammy was not to be. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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