Billy and the Boingers Bootleg

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Billy and the Boingers Bootleg
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Author Berkeley Breathed
IllustratorBerkeley Breathed
Cover artistBerkeley Breathed
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreComedy
PublisherLittle Brown & Co
Publication date
August 1987
ISBN 0-316-10729-8
Preceded by Bloom County Babylon  
Followed by Tales Too Ticklish to Tell  

Billy and the Boingers Bootleg is the fifth collection of the comic strip series Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed. It was published in 1987.

<i>Bloom County</i>

Bloom County is an American comic strip by Berkeley Breathed which originally ran from December 8, 1980, until August 6, 1989. It examined events in politics and culture through the viewpoint of a fanciful small town in Middle America, where children often have adult personalities and vocabularies and where animals can talk.

Berkeley Breathed American cartoonist

Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed is an American cartoonist, children's book creator, director and screenwriter, best known for his comic strips Bloom County, Outland, and Opus. Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1987.

It is preceded by Bloom County Babylon and followed by Tales Too Ticklish to Tell .

<i>Bloom County Babylon</i> book by Berkeley Breathed

Bloom County Babylon: Five Years of Basic Naughtiness is the fourth collection of the comic strip series Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed. It was published in 1986.

<i>Tales Too Ticklish to Tell</i> book by Berkeley Breathed

Tales Too Ticklish to Tell is the sixth collection of the comic strip series Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed. It was published in 1988. The cover image, of Opus sitting on the lap of George H. W. Bush, is a parody of the infamous photo of Donna Rice and Gary Hart from May 1987.

Prior to publication, Breathed announced a contest [1] [2] to solicit original song submissions as if written by or for the in-comic heavy metal rock group, "Billy and the Boingers." [3] The first-place winner's song, "I'm A Boinger," was included in the book on the A-side of a flexi disc. The second-place winner, "U-Stink-But-I-♥-U," was on the B-side. "U-Stink-But-I-♥-U" was performed by New Jersey hardcore band Mucky Pup who also rerecorded the song for their second album, A Boy In A Man's World . The track remains the band's signature song and is still played live to close out their shows.

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Mucky Pup were an American hardcore and crossover thrash band formed in Bergenfield, New Jersey in 1986, when brothers Chris (vocals) and John (drums) Milnes joined up with Scott Dottino (bass) and Dan Nastasi (guitar) as the cover band, Predator. The band soon began writing original material and changed the band name to Mucky Pup. Over the years, the band went through several lineup changes and musical style changes while gaining minor success in both the USA and Europe. Their breakthrough moment occurred when they won second place in a songwriting contest resulting in their song being released within a 1987 Bloom County comic strip compilation. However, their European success, based on strong tours and charting for the 1989 A Boy in a Man's World album, surpassed all recognition achieved in their home country. The band split up in 1995 but reunited from 2009 through 2014 with a rotating lineup of both former and new members with vocalist Chris Milnes being the only constant.

The cover artwork contains parodies of the covers of two of the best-selling rock albums of 1986/87: the front cover is a send-up of Bruce Springsteen's box set "Live/1975–85"; the back cover includes a spoof of U2's "The Joshua Tree" (the original blurry/"narrow-heads" version of the cover; the spoof deliberately imitates these traits). In both cases, the band member(s) in the original artwork are substituted with members of Billy and the Boingers.

Bruce Springsteen American singer and songwriter

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U2 Four-member Irish rock band, from Dublin

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Synopses of major storylines

Cutter John is a fictional character in the 1980s comic strip Bloom County by Berke Breathed.

Bill the Cat character from Bloom County

Bill the Cat, or Bill D. Cat, is a fictional cat appearing in the works of cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, beginning with the comic strip Bloom County in the 1980s and continuing in Outland and Opus in the following decades. Bill also appeared in some of Breathed's illustrated children's books, including A Wish for Wings That Work, which was also made into an animated Christmas television special, and also on greeting cards and other sundry merchandise. Bill was originally capable of speaking English reasonably well, but storylines featuring an automobile accident, repeated periods of drug abuse, and brain surgery have since seen the character transition to a nearly mentally handicapped mute state in which the cat's most frequent spoken sentiments are "Ack!" and "Thppt!" - the former a result of his regularly choking on hairballs, the latter an approximation of "blowing a raspberry".

Steve Dallas

Steve Dallas is a fictional character in the American comic strips of Berke Breathed, most famously Bloom County in the 1980s.

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