|Tags:||hardcore punk punk hardcore punk rock funk texas funk punk|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
From Austin, Texas, USA, the Big Boys line-up comprised Tim Kerr (guitar), Chris Gates (bass), Randy Biscuits Turner (Randall Turner, 1956, USA, d. 18 August 2005, Austin, Texas, USA; vocals) and a succession of temporary drummers including Steve Collier, Greg Murray, Fred Shultz and Rey Washam. Formed in 1980, they were punk-funk pioneers, a trait highlighted on powerful songs such as their cover version of Kool And The Gangs Hollywood Swinging on 1982s Fun Fun Fun EP. Such beefy riffs were undoubtedly an influence on later outfits such as No FX and Maelstrom. They had previously leaned towards simplistic punk thrash. All the members of the band were keen skateboarders, and they became leading members of the skate punk scene of the early 80s alongside Suicidal Tendencies. Vocalist Turner was the focal point of their live shows, delighting in cross-dressing and outrageous exhibitionism, designed to provoke a reaction...