Not Just Another Toy Story
"Welcome to BBOSS," states the deep voice of a sonic maitre d', "and I think you're gonna like it here." These words mark the opening bars of BBOSS's self-titled debut album. But, just who, and what, is BBOSS? BBOSS is a band consisting of 4 guys – Benny, Ben, Chris and Chris! Yep, you read correctly. There are 4 guys, but just 2 names. The band also gets a little help from their friends throughout the album – mostly guest rappers and and singers.
BBOSS was formed by Benny and Ben; two guys who work for a Toy Company whose job is to travel around the world looking at toy concepts from inventors. Often, the pair works to further influence how the toy will be developed. They then try to decide which toys are worthy of going to market. Together, they look at over 3000 toy concepts a year. They told me that less than 20 make it! Next, came Chris, who was to become the band's lead singer and rapper. Chris is a graffiti artist, and all-around lover of "geeky stuff," who shared their vision. For live shows, BBOSS is joined by Chris, their motorized drummer.
BBOSS was also inspired by the name of a gentleman's club in Hong Kong called, The Big Boss Gentleman's Club, from the pair's many trips to Asia on toy business. Definitely not kid stuff!
The concept of the band was born out of Benny and Ben's desire to tell the story of their creation of toys and toy stories through music. Sonically, the band incorporates their love of rock, hip hop and electronic music into a number of musical directions which can be heard throughout the album.
The band's debut self-titled album comes from the timeless archetype that forms the basis of all action figure stories: The battle of good over evil. This explains the cover, which features two robots, Pacer (The Good) and Delorean (The Bad). Delorean is a big, mean robot trying to take over the universe, while Pacer is a small, hapless robot that tries to stop him! Throughout the album, the band relied on classic toys to inspire their songwriting, such as in Kung Fu Yu, which pays homage to GI Joe and his Kung Fu Grip, and Complete the Mission, which was inspired by the development of an action figure line. Any guesses?
Since completing its album, BBOSS has had quite a bit of success licensing their songs to such shows as ABC's Rookie Blue (Kung Fu Yu), while the song Remembered has been featured in two movies, Unrivaled, and Setup, starring 50 Cent and Bruce Willis. Complete the Mission was featured in a video game by Activision, while One More Chance will be featured in a tv show called, Less Than Kind. As a band, BBOSS loves the recording studio and spends a lot of time there. Part of the album was recorded in a focus group room at the Toy Company, while the rest was recorded at the band's own studio, Subterranean Sound. The band is completely independent and enjoys doing everything themselves with the help of a few close friends. BBOSS also enjoys playing live.