The B'zz were an Illinois based AOR act, who were essentially an offshoot of The Boyzz. Upon the latter band's dissolution in the late 70's, three of its members formed The B'zz in hopes of capitalizing on the successful formulas of bands like Foreigner, Survivor and others. Within a few months of forming, the band had already amassed an impressive repertoire of music, booked successful tours in the midwest and landed a spot on American Bandstand. They retain the distinction of being the only unsigned band to appear on the show. Epic Records took notice of the band and promptly signed them, enlisting Tom Werman to produce their debut. In 1982, "Get Up" was sprung upon the unsuspecting masses. Though two singles charted respectably, the band were unable to reach a wide enough audience to support global touring and within a year, The B'zz were no more. Members went on to other acts like WASP, L.A. Guns and Raw Dogs.
When compared to the raucous material of The Boyzz, "Get Up" is quite an evolution. One can only assume that the raw vocals of Boyzz frontman, Dan Buck, can be credited for the distinction between the two bands. The B'zz were considerably slicker and the material is easily more pop driven than their bluesy predecessor. The album is energetic, well produced and full of hooks. It's startling that this album has never seen proper reissue, considering the band's bloodline and the quality of material here.
Check out this smoking album and marvel at the impressive chops The B'zz were able to muster up in the studio. Fabulous indeed!
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