Look out, Omaha!
In the late 70’s it seemed like no band rocked the Omaha punk scene quite like The Bad Boys. As late singer Reggie Greenwald would say, they put the Omaha, Nebraska punk scene on the map. While no one could ever be certain what the end product would be, The Bad Boys were sure to live up to their slogan “Never Good. Always Bad.” Their music and stage shows were disorganized and chaotic to say the least.
"All it takes is one listen to their debut "So Long Omaha" to realize these guys couldn’t sing and couldn’t play. They were just a collective of morons looking to make it big."
-Albert Whooton, leading Omaha music critic
In later years, well after an attempt to sell out that ended the band for over a decade, they would try for a more somber comeback.
“We pushed the envelope early on with our brash lyrics, edgy sound, and out of control stage antics. Oh yeah. We definitely became more solemn and reserved in our later years due to age and finding God. But back in the day no one went harder than The Bad Boys. We were the baddest. We looked bad, we acted bad, and damn it, we played bad. Even with our booze and drug addled past, there are still a lot of great memories I haven’t forgotten and I lived each one strapped into that thrift store six string.
Take this one time, we were playing a show at a youth hostel, and Reggie stopped singing in the middle our famous police protest song “Pigfucker” and he takes off his shirt. These girls kept yelling “Throw it! Throw it!” There’s no way these chicks were even of age. I’m talking young trim here. Reggie wrings the sweat out of his hair into this shirt and blows his nose with it. He cocks his arm back with it as if to say “You still want it?” and sure enough, these girls kept screaming for it. So Reggie throws it and low and behold some dude in the third row catches it. Reggie gets pissed, natch. So, he yells out “I threw the shirt to the girls!” Everyone starts pointing and laughing at him. Then he makes the guy put on the shirt and wear it, snot and all, for the rest of the show. He had to just stand there and wear it. Loser. You should’ve been there. It was so sick. That’s how Reggie earned his nickname as The Omaha Spitter.
The last album, which features Reggie and me as the only two original members, really goes to show that every bad boy has a soft side. I went strictly acoustic for this outing which I feel really displays my talent as a guitarist. In addition to lead vocals, Reggie is playing piano. Crazy, isn’t it? The same Reggie that used his microphone stand as a knight’s lance back then is now a classically trained pianist. He learned how to play during our hiatus. We cover quite a range of subject matter here as well: Everything from heartache to crucifixion to sailboats. The album title, “Still Being Bad”, pays homage to ourselves and the people we used to be while maintaining that, even though we’re a little bit older and a little bit softer, we’re still the baddest. Yeah.”
-Phil Shepard, guitarist of legendary punk rock group “The Bad Boys” on where he’s been and where he’s at.
In Loving Memory: Reginald Greenwald 1958 - 2005