On Monday 21st
January 1998, Chronological Crue hooked up with former bassist of Pretty Boy Floyd, Vinnie Chas, in Los
Angeles and chatted about his Mötley Crüe perspective.
Chronological Crue: Tell me about the time you first came across
Vinnie Chas: The first time I came across
the Crüe was back when Shout At The Devil first came out. I was at Tower Records in
Seattle with some friends and was checking out the new release section. I saw the album
and thought it looked pretty cool, so I stuck it under my jacket and we walked out. Back
then I used to buy or steal albums 'cause the cover looked cool or if a
picture of the band looked cool. Once it was put on the turntable, my
friends and I were blown away. We then pursued to get all the info we
could on this 'new band.' We had no idea this
band had released an album before and once we found out, we had to have it! The only way
we could get it was to order it through Tower. Once I heard Too Fast for Love, they
became my favourite band next to Kiss and Iron Maiden.
CC: Cool. So when was it that Pretty Boy
VC: Pretty Boy Floyd was formed in 1987
with Steve, Kari, Aeriel and myself. Aeriel then left the band and we got Kristy in the
Spring of 1988.
CC: How did it come to be that Pretty Boy
Floyd covered Toast of the Town on your Electric Boyz With Electric Toyz album? Who's
idea was it?
VC: Back when we first got together for the
first time we played covers from our favourite bands: Kiss, Mötley, Cheap Trick. It was
while Kristy was in the band, we started to think about doing a cover song for our shows.
Now, we didn't want to do something that had been done before. We had gotten a hold of some
Mötley bootlegs and demos and tried a few different songs. When we tried Toast
Town, we knew we had our cover! Steve sounded great singing it. When it came down to the
album, we had recorded two cover songs - Alice Cooper's Department Of Youth and Toast
[Of The Town].
Department of Youth was supposed to go on the Shocker soundtrack and Toast went on our
record. Our producer Howard Benson called Nikki in Vancouver, where they were recording
Dr. Feelgood, and he gave his blessings for us to cover the song. He said he was
honoured for us to do it and was wondering if someone would ever cover any of the songs from their
demos. We were thrilled!
CC: Did anyone in the band own the original
7" single of Toast Of The Town?
VC: Aeriel, I believe, has it and a lot of
other things from Mötley. From fliers to demos. He used to sneak into clubs to see them
play. I was jealous.
CC: What was the first
song that you
VC: Shout At The Devil and
Live Wire were
the first two.
CC: How do you recall the reaction to its
inclusion generally, once it was released?
VC: Like I said, we were thrilled to have
it on the record, but you know a lot of our fans had no idea that it was a cover.
CC: So have you ever met the
VC: I remember meeting Tommy Lee with Kari
at the Roxy one night. Tommy was checking out his sister's band play. We saw him and
introduced ourselves. Tommy was so cool and Kari got a picture with him taken by Ruben
Blue of Rock City News. I believe this was before the band was signed. You know, Tommy
had a lot on influence on Kari's playing style.
CC: What projects are you currently
VC: I'm playing with some guys called tHe
MoSs BrOtHeRs. We've been working on some songs for an independent film and for our demo.
I'll keep you posted on this.
CC: Sure. It seems Mötley are doing a CD of
covers for release this year. Do you think there's a chance they'll include a Pretty Boy
VC: That would be the coolest thing if that would
happen. You know Paul, I would be thrilled if any of our songs ended up on another CD. I
think I would feel like how Nikki felt!
CC: Thanks for you time Vinnie. It was
great to get an insight.
VC: I got to tell you, you've got a cool site
Paul. Keep up the great work!! I apologise for this taking so long. I'm glad you're a
patient man. Feel free to contact any of the other Pretty Boy Floyd guys at the hotline
1-818-380-3401. Steve checks the messages and usually returns all calls. Well, that's all.
I'll be looking for you on the net!
CC: Thanks and good luck with your new
On 6 April 2010, Vinnie passed away at home after a sudden illness.
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