After a brief summer break, Boy Wonder is back! They'll be playing a show at the Paradise September 25 with singing sensations Ball in the House. It's BW's first show at this legendary venue, so please attend in abundance unless you're Drew Bledsoe. Break the Spell, Etc. fave "X-Large" will appear on a benefit compilation being put out by the Sheila Divine folks later in the month, details will filter in as soon as we get 'em. Also check out this month's Noise for TWO great reviews, one live and one for the EP. And while you're at it, take a peek at the Boy Joys live review and have a larf. Speaking of peeking, there are some fab shots of the band from Calendar Girl's record release party. Lastly, visit Pennyblack Music to read an interview and a detailed history of Paula Kelley and Boy Wonder.
Early this month Boy Wonder headed back to New York City for a Saturday night show at Luna Lounge. The show was on May 8, and it was a big hit with the local crowd. The band will be heading back to the same swanky club on July 17. This coming weekend Boy Wonder will be helping Calendar Girl celebrate their CD release at the Linwood. It's Saturday May 15, along with Star Ghost Dog and AM Stereo. If you can't make these shows due to your whereabouts, turn on your radio. The new EP, Break the Spell, Etc., has been getting a lot of spins at college and commercial radio across the country. Click here to see a partial listing of the stations. The EP has also been reviewed in many rock publications, so keep an eye out for some press. Finally, if you're curious about what happened on Boy Wonder's tour to North Carolina and back, go check out the expurgated story.
Indie rock meets indie film at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA! Boy Wonder classic "Walking Disaster" will be heard in Kaylyn Thornal's short film "A Lot of Green" which will be screened at the Brattle at 10PM on Friday, April 16th as part of the Festival of Women's Cinema. Pretty cool, eh? Hip director Kaylyn will be at the screening to introduce the film and bask in the glory. Don't miss it!
March has seen Boy Wonder mostly getting ready for their East Coast tour, which starts April 7th at the Bitter End in New York City and continues down to North Carolina. Meanwhile, things have been busying up at home in Boston. The band has gotten a last-minute show at TT the Bear's on April 4th, Easter Sunday, with Imperial Teen. You must come out to that one and wish the band farewell for a while. But don't worry, because they'll be back in time to play at the Den Mothers's CD Release party on May 1st, also at TT's. While they are away, you can go write Boy Wonder in your favorite category in the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll.
Well, the record release party on February 20th went off even better than we had expected. TT the Bear's was full and happy for a bunch of great sets, culminating with Boy Wonder's official CD release show. "Break The Spell, Etc." CDs and the new T-shirts sold like eggs, and everybody had a great time. Thanks go out to all of you who were able to be there. For those of you who missed it, check back here over the next few days for a full report. Also, if you're looking for the EP, you can go to Newbury Comics, HMV, or get it directly through this site. Boy Wonder won't be playing out for a couple weeks, as they need to recover from the show and spend time working on some new material. Keep yourselves busy by reading an interview with Paula about the new EP in the Boston Phoenix.
They've done it! Boy Wonder's soon to be released 5 song EP, titled Break the Spell, Etc., is all mastered and ready to go! But you can't have it until the party on February 20th, so hold your horses. Rumour has it that included on the release will be Boy Wonder's first ever recorded cover song. If you're a reptile lover, you should be able to figure out what it could be. For a pre-party rev-up, be sure to check out the Wonder band at the Middle East Upstairs on January 28th. It's a strong and somewhat incestuous bill, including former BW bass player Paul Natale's band the Den Mothers, as well as the fabulous Francine and the stellar Sterlings.
Zippah has done Boy Wonder proud. The band completed recording two songs, "Over Your Head" (formerly 'Rise') and "X-Large" this month at the small but powerfully built studio in Brookline, MA. Brian Charles masterfully engineered the tracks and the band is very pleased with the results. The fruits of the aforementioned session will be combined with a few previously recorded tracks to form the band's second official release, an EP due out in February of 1999. The record release party is already slated! Curious?
Paula and Aaron did a phone interview on Salem State radio WMWM on Thursday December 3 at the unrockly hour of 8:30 am. Real Audio of that chat is has been posted to the multimedia page.
NEWS ARCHIVE: 1998
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To answer that question,
we will present an online exclusive: the results to the long-rumored,
never-seen Boy Wonder Q&A session. The details are foggy,
but from what we understand, one of the major teen publications
asked each member of Boy Wonder to complete a questionnaire so
fans could have more insight into the lives of their favorite
pop sensation. Sadly, the feature was never published because
of an editorial conflict involving Hanson's first trip to Disneyworld.
This should tell you everything you need to know (and maybe more
|Nickname:||BRUCE - Boo Boo, Capsee, Lee
JOSH - Jooch
AARON - Pantywaist
PAULA - "Hey, baby." Also "hey, you."
|Sign:||BRUCE - Capricorn
JOSH - Leo
AARON - Leo
PAULA - Virgo, Ace of Base
|Instrument:||BRUCE - drums
JOSH - bass, piano, vocals
AARON - guitar, vocals
PAULA - guitar, vocals
|Why did you choose that instrument?||BRUCE - It's the coolest.
JOSH - I wanted to be like George Harrison.
AARON - I don't have to hold it with my chin.
PAULA - Because I'd had it with classical piano and harpsichord (gnarled old-school teachers) so I rebelled by teaching myself guitar (though no one told me that playing Crosby Stills and Nash covers was not veritable rebellion).
|BRUCE - Brahmin Caste, Blister,
Trauma Hawk, McDonna
JOSH - Chocolate Handshake, Electric Muffin Mix
AARON - Betty Goo, Boy Joys, Dante's Grin
PAULA - Drop Nineteens, Hot Rod, the Boy Joys, the Pageboys
|Fave band as a kid:||BRUCE - Aerosmith, the Police,
JOSH - the Beatles
AARON - AC/DC
PAULA - the Bee Gees
|Musical influences:||BRUCE - Stewart Copeland,
John Bonham, Elvis Costello, tofu, kale, BLT sandwiches and bathing
with young women (well, those last few are just influences)
JOSH - Brian Wilson
AARON - You
PAULA - Brian Wilson, Phil Spector, The Brill Building songwriters, the Left Banke, David Bowie, the Zombies, The Pretenders, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell
|National act that you'd love to share a bill with:||BRUCE - Radiohead, Rolling
Stones, Elvis Costello, You Am I, Sloan (Did That)
JOSH - Ben Folds Five, Don Giardino
AARON - The Happy Doo Doo Band
PAULA - You Am I, Stryper
|Song you'd love Boy Wonder to cover but the other guys/the girl won't let you:||BRUCE - "Crazy On You"
by Heart, "Like A Virgin" by Madonna
JOSH - "(There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car"
AARON - "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho"
PAULA - anything by the Beach Boys (only Josh stands by me in my adoration for them)
|Favorite Movie:||BRUCE - "Grease 2"
JOSH - "Rear Window"
AARON - "Bananas"
PAULA - "Planet of the Apes", "The Last Picture Show" (the Cybil Shepard theme is purely coincidental)
|Worst Movie You've Ever Seen:||BRUCE - the remake of "The
Way We Were" starring David Hasselhoff and Charo
JOSH - "Vice Squad"
AARON - "He Said, She Said" (I have no excuse for having seen that.)
PAULA - "Batman and Robin"
|Best method of execution for Michael Bolton:||BRUCE - he's not dead yet?
JOSH - beat him with Kenny G's saxophone
AARON - make Bruce eat 'im.
PAULA - reverse Rogaine
|Which member of the Brady Bunch did you most closely resemble?||BRUCE - Cindy, because I always
got what I wanted
JOSH - probably Mr. Ditmeyer, but I relate more to the new Jan Brady
AARON - Alice.
PAULA - half Jan, half Cindy -- I was insignificant despite the fact that I was the baby of the family
|How long has it been since Saturday Night Live made you laugh?||BRUCE - 10 years
JOSH - who knows?
AARON - What's that, exactly?
PAULA - Since Jim Carrey left. Michael Landon is still pretty funny, though.
|How do you cover when you break a string (or a drum head) on stage?||BRUCE - look as cute as possible
and then poop my pants
JOSH - create a diversion by setting Paul on fire
AARON - play really, really fast.
PAULA - play really, really shoddily.
|Best thing about being in Boy Wonder:||BRUCE - looking at Paula's
ass all night
JOSH - free tacos!
AARON - looking at Bruce's ass all night
PAULA - being in a band has always been the best way to score with teenage chicks
Paula and Bruce have been playing together since early 1996. They've endured numerous personnel changes since then, but they love Josh and Aaron more than they could ever love all the others combined.
The CD of Wonder-Wear is available at a record store near you, or you can buy it online by following the links on the merchandise page. Indie fans will be pleased to know that Paula's voice can also be heard on a couple of vinyl seven-inches! Boy Wonder's "Mission to Destroy" b/w "Backyard" and the Paula Kelley Rock Band's "501" are available in limited quantities for $5.00 each. E-mail the webmaster for details.
T-shirts cost $10.00 each. Winky guy plus Boy Wonder on front, "I'll take you on the side anytime" on the back. Available in red, blue, black and white. E-mail the webmaster for details.
Boy Wonder does not run this site, but the webmaster can forward any correspondence to them for you. Use the e-mail link on the home page, or click right here.
In the Boston area, try WFNX (781) 595-1017 and WBCN (617) 536-8000. KROQ (800) 520-1067 in Southern California is a cool station that's willing to play music from breaking artists. Also, most CMJ reporting college stations will have the CD and love to play requests!
For booking information, send e-mail to this address.
There are several other songs in active rotation in Boy Wonder's live sets, including "Slug," To Somerville with Love," "The End of My Line," "Ordinary Mind," "The Answer," "Break the Spell," "Over Your Head," and "X-Large." Paula usually introduces the titles before the song starts, so listen carefully! Some of these songs are bound to show up on the new CD, so quit yer cryin'!
They have played "Bittersweet," an old Hoodoo Gurus composition, and "What Is and What Should Never Be," a Led Zeppelin classic, not to mention Barry Manilow's irrepressible "Can't Smile Without You." They've currently been favoring the Turtles classic, "Elenore."
No. But when Boy Wonder gets rich, then Bruce Wayne's legal staff will likely hold some emergency meetings.
Yes. Paula was the leader of Hot Rod, who released a CD on Caroline Records a few years back. Her role in Drop Nineteens was less prominent, but she also contributed vocals for that combo. You can still find music by both groups at various online CD stores and in Paula's attic.
Yes. Aaron likes to spend as much time as possible "on guitar," so he plays in more bands than Phil Collins at Live Aid.
Paula says: "No, he's double. When I'm drunk, he's quadruple."
Yes. He played Ricky Schroeder's left sock.