THE GELBOYS were a Five Piece PINOY 80s Rock and Roll Band formed back in late 1985 composed of RANDY STEPHEN CONCEPCION on Vocals and Lead guitar, JOEY BAXTER CONCEPCION on Bass, ROBIN JAMES CONCEPCION on Drums, PAUL RODERICK SANTIAGO on Rhythm Guitar, and MICHAEL CONCEPCION on Keyboards all hailing from MARYKNOLL COLLEGE. YUP!! You got it right!! The College that was dominated by Females. Btw, Maryknoll is now called Miriam College. I haven't seen or read any in-depth article yet about the band on the Web and so I decided to personally pay tribute to this great PINOY Band who also made a mark back in the 80s. YUP!! THE GELBOYS exclusively here on "The Doctor Is In". I remember seeing them twice played LIVE on two of their campus tours back in 1986. They played good vibes music with a blend of 60's beat and 80's attitude melody. The band's influences were Chuck Berry, Stray Cats, John Travolta, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra. No doubt you could all hear the styles of these artists on all their songs. THE GELBOYS were really big back in those days especially for the so-called "Kolehiyalas" (College Ladies) since they project good looks accompanied with good grooming if you talk about hair style and their outfits. Btw, they also have a Catchy Band name that everyone cannot forget. Hmmmp? Clean-cut look and of course they use GEL. That's why they're called THE GELBOYS right? I don't know if anyone of you reading this blogpost never used GEL as your Hair Medium before. Wheeew!! I guess especially the males, we really had our time using GEL back on those days. MEMORIES INDEED!! THE GELBOYS made two hit singles namely "MONDAY" and "EVERY TIME YOU SMILE AT ME". I also remember that there was a T.V. Special about the band and their story back in 1986. I just can't recall the title of the show and the corresponding Channel it was shown, but definitely I remember watching it and that was around 8pm-9pm. I wonder if anyone has a Video copy of it. That would be interesting don't you think? THE GELBOYS had their time indeed since they also had T.V appearances on Legendary Philippine Television shows such as "Oh No Its Johnny", "Penthouse Live", "GMA Supershow", "Eat Bulaga", "Student Canteen", and "That's Entertainment". After being THE GELBOYS for two successful years, they changed their name into "THE STINGRAY" and then to "1-800 BOYSVILLE", but during these times the band already loss their magic thus fading away in the Philippine Music Scene.
THE GELBOYS released their one and only album entitled "EVERY TIME YOU SMILE " back in 1986 under OCTO ARTS INTERNATIONAL which was produced by BOB GUZMAN of "THE BOYFRIENDS". I uploaded their two hit singles "MONDAY" and "EVERY TIME YOU SMILE AT ME" for you to listen and reminisce. The beat and melody of "MONDAY" is just as energetic as any energy drink. Well, in "EVERYTIME YOU SMILE AT ME", they sounded like the New Wave band "JIMMY JIMMY" who also made an impact here in the Philippines. I just love these two songs!!
LISTEN TO "MONDAY" by THE GELBOYS Here:
MONDAY - The Gelboys DSR by DrStirringRhod
LISTEN TO "EVERY TIME YOU SMILE AT ME"
by THE GELBOYS Here:
Everytime You Smile At Me - The Gelboys by DrStirringRhod
I uploaded Three Video Clips of THE GELBOYS here in my Blog which were all shared by RANDY CONCEPCION.
Video Clip #1:
THE GELBOYS on "THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT" together with Bing Loyzaga, Ronnel Victor, The Vicor Dancer, and the Late Great FRANCIS M. performing "MONDAY" which was an original song composed by Randy Concepcion.
Video Clip #2
THE GELBOYS performing "EVERY TIME YOU SMILE AT ME"
THE GELBOYS performing Chuck Berry's rockabilly song "Johnny B. Goode". On the Video Clip were T.V. Hosts Aga Muhlach, Gigi Posadas, Cristina Gonzales and Jograd Dela Torre.
THE GELBOYS Lead Vocalist RANDY CONCEPCION who is a composer, a musical arranger, and seasoned guitar player is right now active as a Solo Artist. Btw, he was also a member of "The Cantana Band" back in the 90s. His music career, which is his real passion, was put on hold when his busy schedule as former president of a Amelco Desiccants Inc., became demanding. But now that his brother is managing the company, Randy is back in show business for good.
Well, I hope you ENJOYED another trip down memory lane "The Dr. Stirring Rhod Way" again giving tribute to this great PINOY 80s Rock And Roll Band "THE GELBOYS". THANKS for dropping by!!
-DR. STIRRING RHOD