DIRTY WHITE BOY

COUNTRY: USA

STYLE: Melodic Hard Rock
PhotobucketThe Los Angeles, California band Dirty White Boy was formed in 1988 by former Silver Condor/David Bowie/Phantom Rocker & Slick guitarist Earl Slick and ex-John Doe/Autograph drummer Keni Richards. The band considered a couple of vocalists but David Glen Eisley of Giuffria fame got the job. Filling out the band would be one time Cheap Trick bassist Pete Comita. The band recorded some demos but things didn’t work out with Comita so they held auditions and chose a veteran of the local scene, F. Kirk Alley, as the bands new bassist.

The band was soon signed to Polydor/Polygram Records and went into the studio with producer Beau Hill (Ratt/Kix/Roxx Gang). The bands debut ‘Bad Reputation’ was released in 1990 with “Let’s Spend Momma’s Money” released as the first single and video in the States. The band wasn’t pleased with the production of the record as they felt the songs were much more in the rock vein than what ended up as the finished product. In Europe the first single and video released would be “Lazy Crazy.” The Julien Temple directed video was shot in Wayside Prison and on Hollywood Boulevard. The band wanted “Lazy Crazy” to be the first single in the States as well but Polygram insisted on releasing “Let’s Spend Momma’s Money.” As it turned out the band was right as the American single quickly faded into oblivion while the European single garnered them a decent following.

The band did only three shows in the States before heading to England for some club dates, including a night at the Marquee. They then did a successful European tour with Magnum only to come back home to disaster at the Polygram offices in Los Angeles. The people involved with signing Dirty White Boy were no longer with the label and for the most part they were a band without any record company backing. The band didn’t even get to do a U.S. tour, which among a list of other things led them to have their attorney get them out of their contract with the label. They started writing new material but couldn’t find any label interest, due to the change in the musical climate towards grunge, so they called it a day.

In 1991 Earl Slick recorded the mostly instrumental solo record In ‘Your Face’ on Metal Blade Records. Guests would include Dirty White Boy bandmate F. Kirk Alley on bass, Silver Condor bandmate and Jack Mack And The Heartattack’s Claude Pepper contributing drums on several tracks, ex-Frank Zappa/Missing Persons/Andy Taylor drummer Terry Bozzio, Edgar Winter on sax and Little Caesar vocalist Ron Young providing vocals on covers of Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.” Slick had also joined Little Caesar during this period and the band would release ‘Influence’ on Geffen Records in 1992. Soon after touring for the record the band called it quits.

Slick went on an extended hiatus from doing anything major until 2000 when he would rejoin David Bowie’s touring band and play on Bowie’s 2003 record ‘Reality’. Also in 2003 he would record his first solo studio record in twelve years. Released on Sanctuary Records, ‘Zig Zag’ would feature guest vocals from Bowie, The Cure’s Robert Smith, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Spacehog’s Royston Langdon and The Motel’s Martha Davis.

Photobucket

After playing on Slick’s ‘In Your Face’ record F. Kirk Alley found a new artistic outlet. He had been into drawing and painting from an early age so he decided it was time to get back into practicing his visual arts skills. He noticed that tattooing was coming into its own as an art form so he put music on the back burner and went into tattooing with total dedication. Alley started tattooing in May of 1992 in Sunland, California and for the next year and a half did mostly small pieces and flash designs off the shop’s walls. He then worked the next several years for Rick Rockwood and started doing more intense and involved pieces. In 1997 he opened his own small studio in Los Angeles, with himself as the only artist, and began working by appointment only with absolutely no walk in business. He has worked in this manner ever since and has been very successful in doing so.

Alley never quite lost the music bug either. He provided bass in the band Outlandos Del Soul, whose musical style was along the lines of the Black Crowes. They did some recordings but found no label interest and after a year or so Alley moved on. The band also featured former Saigon Saloon member Scarlett Rowe on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, ex-Gypsy’s Paul Reeves on lead guitar and several drummers including Shawn Duncan from Odin. Alley also did some shows with Keni Richards and ex-Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, including one for about 5,000 people at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. The three laid down the basic tracks on a cover of The Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes” in 2000, but the track was never finished. Kirk’s last musical project was in the band The Super-Numb with Stik Kitty vocalist Vincent Kendall, Synistar guitarist Breck Lampkin and drummer Mike Tracy.

After the demise of Dirty White Boy Keni Richards took a break from the music scene and underwent major corrective surgery for a chronic back problem. He still beats up the drums here and there in small, non-committal type projects and has done a bit of session work as well. Keni also lays paint to canvas and as one might surmise his paintings have been described as rhythmic and soul-stirring.

In 1991 David Eisley would join Craig Goldy’s Ritual for some shows and would land a part in the film “Stone Cold.” Over the next few years Eisley would provide backing vocals for several artists and would meet and marry actress Olivia Hussey (Romeo & Juliet, Jesus Of Nazareth).

Eisley, a former minor league baseball player, was playing some weekend softball with some friends when he was approached by another musician/baseball enthusiast Bob Kulick about helping him finish a few songs he’d been working on. The songs ended up being an album put together by a bunch of weekend softball buddies. They dubbed themselves Murderer’s Row after the New York Yankee dynasty of the fifties. The band included vocalist Eisley, Skull/Blackthorne guitarist Kulick, Unruly Child/Hurricane drummer Jay Schellen, New England/Alcatrazz/Blackthorne keyboardist Jimmy Waldo and Giuffria/Quiet Riot/House Of Lords/Blackthorne bassist Chuck Wright. The self-title album was released in 1996 on Milestone Records.

In 1998 Eisley would get involved in a project titled Stream, which was put together by French guitarist Peter Scheithauer. The album “Nothing Is Sacred” would be released in 1998 on the Saraya Recordings label. The record would also feature Rainbow/Ozzy/Gary Moore bassist Bob Daisley and Kiss/Badlands drummer Eric Singer. David would also do a bit of acting in ’98 appearing on episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 and 7th Heaven. Eisley was hired to add the music to the documentary about German Shepherd dogs that served and saved lives in the Vietnam war, titled “War Dogs, America’s Forgotten Heroes” and narrated by actor Martin Sheen. The documentary would first air on the Discovery Channel in February of 1999. Later in the year the CD, David Glen Eisley – “War Dogs,” would be released on David’s own Ol’ Boothill Records. He would also make an appearance in the 1999 film “Spanish Judges.”

2000 would find Eisley releasing the solo effort “Stranger From The Past” on the Frontiers label. Guests would include Craig Goldy, Chuck Wright and ex-Baby’s/Bad English bassist Ricky Phillips. The following year David would release another solo record on Frontiers titled “The Lost Tapes.” This collection of songs are from the 1987-88 era of David’s career and include Giuffria tracks from their third unreleased album, Dirty White Boys songs from before and after their one record and some House Of Lords songs with Eisley on vocals. David would also supply the singing voice for “Sponge Bob Square Pants” and again guest on 7th Heaven in 2001.

ALBUMS
Photobucket
– Bad Reputation [1990]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.3/10 (4 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
DIRTY WHITE BOY, 8.3 out of 10 based on 4 ratings