by Mike DaRonco
The Boss Martians’ style of ’60s-influenced guitar pop was debuted in 1995 upon the release of their first self-titled full-length on Dionysus Records. Accompanied by an influence of Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Beach Boys, the Trashmen and the Astronauts, the Seattle natives also had the chance to scatter several singles throughout the years on various different labels before their second album, 13 Evil Tales, came out in 1996. But it wasn’t until 1998 that the Boss Martians had the chance to branch outside of America with a tour of Europe that summer. After 2000’s Move, they signed with MuSick Recordings, releasing 2002’s Making the Rounds and 2004’s The Set-Up. “I Am Your Radio,” from the latter album, won the listener-driven “Coolest Song of the Year” contest on Little Steven’s Underground Garage radio program.