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.
Crue: Tell me about the time you first came across Mötley Crüe.
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
CC: Cool. So
when was it that Pretty Boy Floyd formed?
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?
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 Of The 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!
anyone in the band own the original 7" single of Toast Of The Town?
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 Crüe cover song that you ever learnt?
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
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 Crüe?
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.
projects are you currently involved with?
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 Floyd song?
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!
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!
and good luck with your new project.
On 6 April 2010, Vinnie passed away at home after a sudden illness.
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