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February 17, 2013 / rockroots

Bogey Boys – Friday Night

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Navan guitar player Jimmy Smyth had, like a slightly earlier generation of Irish rock musicians, learned his trade on the showband circuit. His father Jimmy had played with The Arcadians, while he had been with The Big Valley in the early 1970s. His sister Gloria had an Irish number 1 hit with country ballad One Day At A Time in 1977. Taking a heavier route, Smyth formed The Bogey Boys around 1978 with Donald ‘Doish’ Nagle (bass) and Paul Moran (drums). Smyth’s guitar playing took centre stage in high energy blues and R’n’B material, much like the New Wave/Pub Rock movement making headlines in Britain at the time. Aptly, they gained further recognition supporting Rory Gallagher in 1978 and released their first single, Friday Night, in 1979, followed shortly after by their debut LP of the same name. The album blends Rock ‘n’ Roll with harder rock (as on tracks like  Hard Times) and sits easily alongside Reform’s album and ’80s acts like Mama’s Boys.

The Bogey Boys rip through Dr. Feelgood’s She Does It Right at the Cork Opera House in 1980. U2 were the support act.

A Peter Green-influenced second album quickly followed in 1980, titled Jimmy Did It!, and a number of singles reached the charts in 1980 and 1981, but despite a devoted fan base and good press publicity, the band never quite hit the big time in the way they probably deserved. Line-up changes also broke their momentum with the departure of both Nagle (to Phil Lynott’s post-Lizzy group Grand Slam) and Moran. Jimmy’s brother Tony Smyth took over the drums, while a succession of bass players included Davy Watson, Neil Whiffen and Iggy Ward. The band went to the USA in 1982 and spent a year gigging and trying to secure an American record deal, but broke up in 1983. Jimmy stayed for some time in L.A. while Tony joined The No Name Band back in Navan. At the end of 1985 the Smyth brothers reunited for one more Bogey Boys Irish tour and again for a gig in 2005. They also gigged with Watson and with Francis Geraghty of The No Name Band as Deep 6, who released an album called Undercover. In 2012 The Bogey Boys reformed with Smyth, Smyth and Nagle, and set about making up for lost time with a whirlwind of gigs in Ireland and London.

 

Bogey Boys – Friday Night (192 kbps):

  1. Friday Night
  2. Heartbreaker
  3. Success Story
  4. Gunslinger
  5. It Could Happen To You
  6. I’m Alright Jack
  7. Rock n’ Roll Romance
  8. Hard Times
  9. In My Own Time
  10. Closing Time

 

See Also:

Irish Rock Discography: Bogey Boys

 

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