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Electric Boys

Sweden's Electric Boys were one of the first and most celebrated purveyors of the short-lived funk metal phenomenon of the late '80s and early '90s. Led by charismatic singer and guitarist Conny Bloom, the quartet garnered rave reviews and built a large following in Europe with their debut album, Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride (1989), and its 1990 reissue, which included their biggest hit "All Lips N’ Hips." The group disbanded in the mid-'90s but re-formed in the 2010s with their original lineup and signature sound -- which also included elements of pop and psychedelia -- intact, releasing a string of high-energy efforts like Starflight United (2014), The Ghost Ward Diaries (2018), and Grand Explosivos (2023) that paired earworm melodies with funky grooves. In 1987, Conny Bloom formed Electric Boys with bassist Andy Christell in Stockholm. After scoring a significant domestic hit with their first single, "All Lips N' Hips," the group completed their lineup with guitarist Franco Santunione and drummer Niklas Sigevall and set to work on their first album, 1989's critically acclaimed Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride. Signed to Atco by former Kerrang! scribe-turned-A&R man Derek Oliver, the band took Europe and the U.K. by storm with their extremely funky retro-hard rock sound and gaudy psychedelic look. Producer du jour Bob Rock was brought in to remix the album and record some new tracks prior to its release stateside. But while the video for "All Lips N' Hips" was actually placed in daytime rotation on MTV, the group never really broke in the United States. 1992's Groovus Maximus continued in the same vein, but ultimately failed to meet fan and critical expectations, and though amicable, the departure of Santunione and Sigevall proved another blow. Guitarist Martin Thomander and drummer Thomas Broman were brought in to replace them prior to the band's next tour, which included a few European festival appearances supporting Metallica. The Electric Boys, however, had lost serious momentum and were eventually dropped by Atco. Released by independent Music for Nations in 1994, their third effort, Freewheelin', played it safe with pretty straightforward hard rock, but this only seemed to accelerate their descent. Following the cancellation of a planned U.K. tour in support of King's X, the band decided to call it quits and played a final gig in their hometown of Stockholm. Conny Bloom remained active as a solo artist and eventually joined former Wildhearts main man Ginger in the short-lived Silver Ginger 5, and in 2005 he joined Hanoi Rocks alongside old bandmate Andy Christell. In 2009, Electric Boys re-formed for the Sweden Rock Festival, and in 2011 they released their long-coming fourth studio LP, And Them Boys Done Swang. The fierce and funky Starflight United arrived two years later, and in 2018 the band issued the hip-shaking, crowd-funded Ghost Ward Diaries. 2021's Upside Down and 2023's Grand Explosivos saw the band continue to refine their signature funk- and glam-blasted hard rock sound.
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