Formed in early 1989 by former members of Lazarus and Mad Hatter, D.T. Boyz was among the best known bands of the Boston club circuit in the late 1980's and early 1990's. They projected an androgynous Glam Rock image (ala Poison, Pretty Boy Floyd, Hanoi Rocks, etc.) complete with makeup and jewelry, cheesy stage names, dramatic hair coloring, tattoos, peircings, and leather clothing making them more closely resemble an act from Los Angeles than the more conservative Boston, MA. Those in attendance of a D.T. Boyz live show were often witness to some bizarre antics (usually substance related) during the performance. The fact that they wrote catchy, melodic songs featuring lots of hooks, vocal harmonies, and virtuoso guitar solos was often overshadowed by their image, checkered reputation for their various habits, and frequent on-stage intoxication. One of the most memorable examples of this was while opening for Blue Oyster Cult at The Channel in Boston's South End. "That crowd of bikers f+*king HATED us! They just screamed BLUE OYSTER CULT!! and threw sh*t at us for our whole set, and that just made us even more obnoxious". - Randy St. James.
D.T. Boyz was similar in style to Motley Crue, Poison, White Lion, Dokken, Van Halen, and many other hard rock bands of the era. Led by Yori T'mico (guitar) and Randy St. James (vocals), The band was plagued by frequent personnel changes, substance abuse problems, and constant in-fighting and creative differences. The original lineup shared a house in Haverhill, MA briefly where they lived and rehearsed. None of them held day jobs at the time, so they paid their bills by selling drugs, renting rehearsal space to Mad Hatter, and hosting legendary rent parties on weekends. The constant stream of young women in and out of the house were all-too-willing to buy food, clothing, and alcohol for them as well.
Most of their material was written during this time though they would soon fire original vocalist Mick DiPesa shortly after beginning the recording of their first EP. After a brief period with Joe Casey on vocals, the band's then drummer Randy St. James moved up front to handle lead vocals permanently. Original bassist Shawn Toni soon left soon after Casey's dismissal citing creative differences. Toni's departure was followed by a succession of different drummers and bassists that moved in and out of the band over the next 3 years with St. James and T'mico remaining the only constants.
A 4-song cassette EP limited to one production run was released in early 1990. It featured the songs "Wet n' Wild", "Knockin' Up Ya Neighborhood", "Kidz (Are Stayin' Out All Nite)", and "Everybody's Done Ya Sister". Though Swifty T and Bobby Ray appeared on the cover and were credited in the liner notes, the Bass and Drum tracks were actually performed by Toni and St. James. It sold better overseas than in the US thanks to publicity from an article in Kerrang! magazine that was also picked up by other European Fanzines. Envelopes containing cash and letters requesting copies of the EP came from as far away as Romania and Poland. Management and much gigging soon followed leaving little time to rehearse or write new material. The band became an almost constant presence at the popular "No Bozos" Jams in and around Boston where they would often exchange the use of their back-line and drum kit for a favorable time slot, a bar tab, and radio promotion. D.T. Boyz eventually broke up for good in late 1991 during the mixing of their Independent debut album "Knockin' Up Ya Neighborhood" which was never mastered or released.
With the release of Nirvana's "NeverMind" album, the musical climate and fickle record-buying public was changing rapidly, so D.T. Boyz opted to disband and persue other ventures than to become a grunge version of themselves. Some of these subsequent projects included Attitude Inc., CrackHouse, Slewfoot, Love Makin' War, Bone Daddy and others.
The band reunited for one show on August 21st, 2009. They played with Side Show, Locomotive, Slewfoot (Randy and Swifty's other band), Mama's Tongue, and The Lesser Gods at The Middle East as a charity benefit for The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation. The lineup for the show and the handful of rehearsals prior was Randy on Lead Vocals & Guitar, Yori on Lead Guitar & Vocals, Swifty on Bass & Vocals, and Jay DiPersio on Drums & Vocals. It was the first time all 4 guys had been in the same room in 18 years.