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Box Office Poison
United Kingdom, London

About Box Office Poison

In the 1990's (expired link). started a new genre of music called Pop Noir, which has a atmospheric, filmic feel and gritty lyrics just like it's sister genre Film Noir.
Production was experimental, with song writer/producer and driving force Russell C. Brennan (Aka Russell Writer) reluctant to leave the studio until he'd invented a new sound or way of doing things on the tracks.
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Mouse

Mouse was the other co vocalist in the bands second period, She wa also a scientist & Designer. She had a solo album out as well 'Mirror Image;

Mouse

Vocalist
Mouse was the other co vocalist in the bands second period, She wa also a scientist & Designer. She had a solo album out as well 'Mirror Image;

Misty Woods

Misty wa the main vocalist since in the 2nd half of B.O.Ps jouney and it is said she is the definte B.O.P vocalist of the 4 singers who featured in the band. She was also somewhat of a pin up. She also had a solo single 'Wallpaper Man/Mod Boy' & Solo Album 'The Best of Misty Woods released.

Misty Woods

Vocalist
Misty wa the main vocalist since in the 2nd half of B.O.Ps jouney and it is said she is the definte B.O.P vocalist of the 4 singers who featured in the band. She was also somewhat of a pin up. She als...

Russell C.Brennan

Russell C. Brennan is the main man in B.O.P he formed the band,, Writes and Produces all the songs, He is Punk Cellist, Percussionist,Koto player and occasionally vocalist (Like on the track Mysteries) He invented the Pop Noir genre of music and has produced many other artists as record producer.

Russell C.Brennan

Cellist Music Producer Tambourine Player Vocalist
Russell C. Brennan is the main man in B.O.P he formed the band,, Writes and Produces all the songs, He is Punk Cellist, Percussionist,Koto player and occasionally vocalist (Like on the track Mysteries...

About Box Office Poison

In the 1990's (expired link). started a new genre of music called Pop Noir, which has a atmospheric, filmic feel and gritty lyrics just like it's sister genre Film Noir.
Production was experimental, with song writer/producer and driving force Russell C. Brennan (Aka Russell Writer) reluctant to leave the studio until he'd invented a new sound or way of doing things on the tracks.
With a central core of permanent members and a fluid line-up of guest members the band was able to incorporate new sounds whenever required.
There are elements of jazz improv, film music, catchy pop, punk attitude and classical style in the tracks. This combination gives (expired link). a very distinctive and alternative sound.
We all know bands who say they're doing something really different, only to find that they're doing the same old thing as everybody else. Being a rebel is to go against the grain and the establishment! Nearly everyone who decides to be in a band picks up a guitar as a starting point. Box Office Poison do not use guitars in any of their tracks. They felt they were the only true rebels coming out in music. This was not a vain attempt to hype themselves into the press. It's just that they'd rather pick up a 'cello when indie guitar is flavour of the month. Also they don't just sit there ripping off different bits of other people's hits and stick them in an ever playing loop on a computer. They have a totally new way of composing songs and playing their instruments. There's plenty more we could say but we think you get the picture. As you will have gathered by now, Box Office Poison appeals to the individual in everyone!
Producer/song writer Russell uses the human voice as another instrument so on some tracks multiple different vocal tracks merge with the backing rather than float above it. Squeaking, soaring, tapping and crying 'cello adds a haunting and sometimes dolphin or whale-like sound to the intros and outros. Sax trails loosely around in the background giving some tracks a night club feel. With the addition of their unusual instrumentation Box Office Poison songs are unique (classic examples of this are Strip Show, Come With Me and Nightmare On Elm Street). They released 6 singles, three of which were double A sides: Checkmate & 1995, Mysteries, Teenage Sex & Alien, Think For Yourself & Lady Grinning Soul, Legend of Xanadu and finally Popcorn. Their debut album was Beyond The Twilight Zone (Music for the 21st Century & Beyond). Their second album was the somewhat controversial & sexually explicit Heavy Breathing Decade.
Superb vocalists DEBBIE DETROIT (from The Graduate, who later became Tears for Fears) and JO SHARP are featured on the debut album, the last BOP line up consisted of punk cellist RUSSELL C. BRENNAN (songwriter/producer of Eleanor Rigby), RON RAGE (aka Howe and ex of The Cure,The Damned and Fools Dance), Daffodil Lil (Sax) and the talented female vocalists, MOUSE and MISTY.
When the debut album, Beyond The Twilight Zone was released a critic wrote:
'Each track throws you into a 3 minute epic and makes you feel like you've experienced the subject to each song. Lyrics go from the extremes of being homeless, having sex with an alien, time travel, saving the world or passing from it - through to the more mundane emotions of everyday life, such as divorce, drugs, alcohol abuse and the general pressures of living in general (not too many love songs here!). You could conceivably say it's like virtual reality for the soul, as well as your ears'.
As for the second album Heavy Breathing Decade, far from being tacky as the title may suggest, it is quality material that would sit comfortably alongside any top pop act you could care to mention. Yes the subject matter can be strong but the music is best described as a cross between Sexual Healing (Marvin Gaye), Je t'aime (Jane Birkin & Serges Gainsborough) and Erotica/Justify my Love (Madonna). But of course it has the band's own innovative 'Pop Noir' sound and instrumentation. It's got thrusting 'cello, arpeggio fingerings of harpsichord riffs and a sexy jazz club saxophone, plus hypnotic percussion, swelling organ and to die for backing vocals.
Box Office Poison contributed a number of cult film and TV themes to Future Legend's series of Themes albums which include some of the very popular Bond film themes. They also covered selected pop tracks on some of their own releases (eg All the Young Girls Love Alice: Elton John, Lady Grinning Soul: David Bowie, Louie Louie: Richard Berry). The latter track was even voted best cover of this much covered song by listeners of London radio station XFM. These tracks are always produced with an unusual twist to make them very different from the originals.
The bands influences are many and varied. They have been compared to artists such as Goldfrapp, Bjork, Portishead, The Doors, Nancy Sinatra, Kate Bush, Enigma, Mono, Ennio Morricone and David Bowie. Lyrically they sometimes have a storytelling resemblance to the styles of Paul Weller (Jam period) John Lennon (solo period) and Ray Davies (Kinks period) but their 21st Century subjects bring them bang up to date.
Box Office Poison remained cutting edge artists over several years. and made an impression . Their DEbut single '1995' was no.1 in the College charts. The Other side 'Checkmate was top 10 in the dance charts. and both went top 3 in the UK indie charts. Their second single 'Mysteries is there Masterpiece,, the 3rd single Teenage Sex/Alien (another double A single went it number one in Russia. they finally called it a day and dissolved the band in 2002. Psykick Holiday has now taken up the Pop Noir baton on the FLR label.
However a Best of Box Office Poison 'Themes, Dreams Nightmares and Schemes' was released recently so the band are happy to engage with fans once more and a gig may even be in the offing. If not the vibe continues with Psykick Holiday band so be sure to check them out.

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Box Office Poison have released many singles and albums including their latest one 'BackStreet Boulevard for the homeless (which all funds go to).
You can find out more about their releases at the website below
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New Single out by Box Office Poison called Lazer Love at ITunes & Amazon etc.
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Also the main man in (expired link) has a new novel out 'Mixing with The Unknown' (a horror) at Amazon
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Many fans have been asking if they can get all Box Office Poisons Tracks on one album on download or stream. A 20 + tracks album of all the bands singles and most popular tracks are on 'Themes Dreams & Schemes (The Best Of Box Office Poison) At ITunes, Amazon and many other outlets. Popular tracks like 'Think For Yourself' & Mysteries' are still on Cd along with other CD & even vinyl by the band at the Future Legend Records website.
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A previously unreleased rare single by Box Office Poison 'Lazer Love' has just been released on ITunes to commemorate the 40th anniversary of passing of Legendary Marc Bolan of TRex (as its one of his songs) (there is also a new video at YouTube (it features the early line up of the band) selected Cd releases of the band area available at the Future Legend records website but all releases are out on download at all good download stores.
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Box Office Poison have released 6 singles two albums and a contributed a number tracks to cult Tv & Film albums. You can get CD's for some tracks at The Future Legend records ad even vinyl for those who prefer those formats. But we now have a 26 track 'Best Of Box Office Poison' album out via Itunes, Amazon & other good download stores. here is the link.
You can also see some videos for the band on youtube.
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