J.B.O. was founded in 1989 by Vito C. and Hannes „G.Laber” Holzmann. The name, originally „James Blast Orchester”, was meant as a parody of German Easy-Listening legend „James Last Orchester”.
They had their first concert in October ’89 at a Newcomer-Festival in their hometown Erlangen, Bavaria. Meant as a comedy rock act the setlist consisted mostly of cover-versions of evergreens with new funny lyrics, performed in metal sound.
Without knowing, J.B.O. had invented comedy metal
The first five years the band was only a side project, until 1994 the J.B.O song "Ein guter tag zum sterben" (a perfect day to die) went on rotation on a local radio station. As it was only a demo-tape but more and more people asked for a CD, J.B.O. decided to get this done. They recorded their first CD in one day and two nights. It was the EP „Eine gute CD zum Kaufen” (a perfect CD to buy) which sold pretty good for a local act. The next EP „Blastphemie” was just a Xmas-present for the fans.
The real strike came in 1995 with their first Longplayer „Explizite Lyrik“. The title is a word by word translation of the „parental advisory”-sticker which can be translated as „bold poetry”. There were 20 tracks –and nearly 74min – with all the treasures of the first five years of J.B.O.. As they were still on the independent label „Musical Tragedies”, there was no big business marketing for this CD. But it sold and sold (far more than 300.000 copies up to now). In summer 1996 J.B.O. entered the German LP-charts and stayed there for months.
Their first major release „Laut!“ (loud) was published in 1997. It climbed up to number 13 in the German LP-Charts.
Besides their CD’s J.B.O. became more and more known as a spectacular live act. So they started touring all over Germany in 1996. In 1997 they played 100 concerts in front of all together 100,000 people.