Pretty Boy Floyd - Public Enemies album review

The Boyz are back – and pretty in places...

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Nearly four decades on from their cartoon glam metal debut Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz little has changed, stylistically, in the world of Hollywood’s Pretty Boy Floyd, reunited (again) for this fifth studio outing.

Guitarist Chris Maggiore (appearing as his alter ego Kristy Majors) has rejoined and now handles bass and production duties as well. Given that Steve Podwalski (aka Steve Summers) still sings like a cross between Vince Neil and one of those Disney chipmunks, the main successes of this album are when Majors’ riffs cleverly and brazenly revisit Too Fast For Love-era Mötley Crüe.

For a band of fiftysomethings Pretty Boy Floyd exhibit an unhealthy interest in teenage girls, but when they get it right – as on Feel The Heat (‘Hot is what we got!’), We Got The Power (‘We’re young and wild!’) and their cover of the Starz classic So Young So Bad – it’s perfectly preposterous.

Neil Jeffries

Freelance contributor to Classic Rock and several of its offshoots since 2006. In the 1980s he began a 15-year spell working for Kerrang! intially as a cub reviewer and later as Geoff Barton’s deputy and then pouring precious metal into test tubes as editor of its Special Projects division. Has spent quality time with Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore – and also spent time in a maximum security prison alongside Love/Hate. Loves Rush, Aerosmith and beer. Will work for food.