The Pranks from St. Louis made a record in 1997. It was called "Floobie."
I didn't before yesterday. Thanks Randy, for making my day,
To say The Pranks sound a little like Cheap Trick would be an understatement. If you had to take a shot every time you heard a Zander-ism, you'd be trashed by Track Three. But this is not a bad thing. As a matter of fact, almost everything on "Floobie" works.
Once you get past the hairband-y opener "Wake Up" and the Styx-ish "Hello Goodbye" later on in the set, "Floobie" is a fast, hard and solid record with a ton of hooks, some great melodies and harmonies, and more than enough references to the Rockford rockers to keep you on your toes, assuming you're a Cheap Trick fan. If not, then I can't help you.
"Floobie" is not readily available for purchase. As of this morning, two dealers had the CD for sale, one in Japan and one in Germany. The entire album is on YouTube. If enough of you dig it, I'll be happy to post a link to the entire album that I converted to MP3 from the video files.
I love "Floobie."