This St. Louis, Missouri-based four-piece heavy metal outfit began life on the local club circuit as a covers band, with the line-up settling when bass player George Potsos joined Frankie Muriel (vocals), Vito Bono (drums) and Jimmy Griffin (guitar). Initially known as Broken Toyz, the band gradually introduced original material into their set, until the demand for their own songs allowed them to drop the cover versions entirely. They signed a recording contract in 1990, and, having adopted the name King Of The Hill, recorded their self-titled debut with Bang Tango producer Howard Benson. The album mixed party metal in the grand Van Halen style with funk influences, while also touching on AOR, with vocal harmonies that echoed Bon Jovi. The opening single, ‘I Do U’, did well on MTV, and with major backing from their record label the band spent much of 1991 on the road, touring with White Lion, Trixter, Lynch Mob and Steelheart in the USA, and received a rapturous reception as Extreme’s guests on their autumn UK tour. This, the band’s first live work outside their own country, served to sharpen their performing abilities, with the charismatic Muriel becoming the visual focus of the band, drawing comparisons to both David Lee Roth and Prince, not least for his multiple costume changes throughout each show. However, despite the fact that King Of The Hill were due to record a second album in early 1992, they seemed to disappear almost overnight.
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