We Come To PlayLABEL:
1976COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: LINEUP:
Ralph Mormon - vocals * Punky Meadows - guitars * James Newlon - guitars, vocals * Mickey Jones - bass * Paul Chansky - keyboards * Rocco 'Rocky' Isaac - drumsTRACK LISTING:
01 Crosstown Girl * 02 Highway * 03 It's Your Baby * 04 If You Want Love * 05 White Lightning * 06 Come On Down * 07 Buy Me A Bottle * 08 When Your Time Has Come * 09 Next Train
Taking a trip back in time to the seventies we uncover a local area band out of Boston called Bux. The band's origins came from a prior local area band who were quite popular at the time, called Daddy Warbux
. The next incarnation saw the name shortened. Guitarist Jimmy Newlon had also inked a deal with Aerosmith
band manager Frank Connolly, from which came this album on Capitol Records. Soon to be superstars Punky Meadows and Mickey Jones had gravitated to Boston after the demise of their band The Cherry People
, and during their time together, Bux played up and down the Northeastern seaboard, so were quite well known and well polished long before 'We Came To Play' was released. In actual fact, the band had actually broken up before Capitol decided to release it posthumously in 1976. My guess is that Bux broke up in late 1974, because the band Angel
featuring Punky Meadows and Mickey Jones, were already in business at about that time, though under the moniker Foxy
The music is straight-ahead rock n roll, with a hint of Aerosmith
, and Memphis based band Target
. The twin-guitar spearhead of Meadows and Newlon fuelled this band though the excellent vocals of Ralph Mormon was the icing on the cake. Highlights include 'Highway', 'If You Want Love' and the original version of 'White Lightning', which is much rawer than the version Angel
gave us on 1977's 'On Earth As It Is In Heaven'. For something completely different, the band go 'down-country' with the southern drawl of 'Come On Down', while 'Its Your Baby' is a mixture of country-rock, funk and blues all rolled into one.
So why the band split? I'm sure someone will know the real story. Was it because the songs sucked? I don't think so. However, no one was willing to hang around and find out. As mentioned, Meadows and Jones scampered back to Washington DC to hook up with Frank Dimino.. the rest of that lineage of history is well-known. Mormon joined Aerosmith
's Joe Perry on his 1980 solo album 'Let The Music Do The Talking', and then was promptly dumped the following year. Newlon went on to play with and produce other bands in Connecticut. Bux were without doubt, a classic case of 'shot out of the cannon before the fuse had been lit.'
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