Electric Boys – “Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride” (1990)

Electric BoysNot to be confused with the band Electric Angels (who also released an album in the same year and on the same label), this here is Electric Boys — a troupe out of Sweden playing funk-infused hair metal.  Electric Boys debuted in 1989 with Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride on Mercury Records.  This was a European release (here’s the cover and here’s the track list).  When an album of the same name arrived in America in 1990 (ATCO Records), the track list was quite different.  Five tracks remained from the original 1989 release and five new tracks were recorded.  This review refers to the 1990 U.S. version of Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride.

Electric Boys were one of several bands mixing funk with hard rock in the late eighties and early nineties.  Bang Tango, Extreme, and Red Hot Chili Peppers were also sippin’ on that funky cold medina.  Along with funk, Electric Boys were dishing out a little sleaze, a touch of glam, and a pinch of retro psychedelia.  They even threw in some sitar for good measure — because why the f*ck not?

Electric Boys were a little bit different from most of the hair bands.  I think this has to do with the fact that they were outsiders on the scene.  Let’s face it, the American hair band circuit had become pretty homogenized by 1990.  Electric Boys were from Sweden, so they attacked from a different angle.  The band’s writer was Conny Bloom (vocals and guitar).  I think he was a clever song-smith who was adept at writing in a variety of styles.  It’s hard to pinpoint who Bloom’s influences were — and maybe that’s a good thing.  Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride takes a few listens to get used to, but once it gets its hooks in you, you may find yourself making return visits.  My score: B


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