Bowling for Soup / Luckly Boys Confusion / Never Heard of It


Bowling For Soup started as a two-man outfit consisting of vocalist/guitarist Jaret Von Erich and guitarist Erik Rodham Clinton, who played acoustic numbers for tips and specialized in 80s hair metal covers. "Those shows were about comedy as much as they were about the music," Von Erich recalls. "I'd basically make fun of Eric for 4 hours, we'd play some covers and some of our own songs, take our money and go home. That's how we were able to quit our day jobs -- we prostituted ourselves." Their affinity for covers would become a hit with the local crowds, as the guys were known to play everything from The Descendants to Bon Jovi. Soon after, guitarist Christopher Van Malsteen joined the band, followed by longtime friend, Gary Wiseass, who replaced the band's original drummer in 1999. The guys from Wichita Falls, Texas, started venturing outside their city limits to places like Abilene, San Angelo and Lubbock. As BFS's social circle widened, they were able to hook up with groups like Hagfish and Beef Jerky (a Dallas hip-hop outfit) for supporting gigs, but it didn't take long before BFS was headlining. "We financed our first big tour in 97-98 by our ourselves with a credit card. We slept in the van, some nights we'd play to 20 people, but it was one of the greatest times ever. It was like camp!"BFS released their first album, Rock On Honorable Ones!, in 1997 on a local label. Two years later, they had sold 10,000 copies of it and were hard-pressed to manufacture more. They decided to record an EP instead, and with money borrowed from Jaret's Grandpa, they released Tell Me When to Whoa in 1998. That disc led to the band signing with Jive as the label's first rock act. "We were into it because we knew we would be the guinea pigs, and that was the way we had always done everything -- by the skin of our teeth," says Von Erich. Their first Jive release was 2000's Let's Do It For Johnny. To promote the album, the band hit the road, covering the US, the UK and the European festival circuit. "We're road warriors," Von Erich says, "I'm out there with my three best friends, we never argue, and we have a lot of fun. It really is just like camp." But he also admits that it can get tiring -- at about week six, you kinda get to the point where you're like, Maybe I don't wanna see the sun twice today.'" Their follow-up release, Drunk Enough to Dance, was produced by Butch Walker (Lit, SR-71).Drunk Enough To Dance is like when you go to a wedding and fifty percent of the people are so sloshed that they're dancing, but those are the people who shouldn't even be on the dance floor and usually aren't," explains Von Erich. "If you see any one of us dancing, then we are [just] drunk enough." -- Courtesy of Jive


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