The name Johnny B. Badd didn't stick for long. Johnny had some "fun" hair growing up. Not sure who his barber at Great Clips was or if my mom asked specifically for the "mushroom bowl cut," but for years Johnny B had what can only be described as , well, a mushroom bowl cut. The picture below is almost an exact replica of Johnny's hair growing up; just picture it a few shades darker (if you look up "mushroom bowl cut" on google images, this is the first picture that pops up. Pretty sweet.). So, being that Johnny had a "white-man's fro" his name quickly changed from Johnny B. Badd to Johnny B-Fro. This name has stuck for well over a decade now.
Of course, once the name Johnny B-Fro was applied we realized that it could be altered or varied depending on mood, setting, or occasion. Here are a list of variations of Johnny B-Fro that have come and gone over the years: Johnny LaRu, Johnny Angel, Frovalone, Fro, Jimmy Dean, Johnny B., Johnny Bojangles, The B., Beefstick, Beef N' Stuff, Beef Log, Beef-which. If I'm forgetting any, please send in your comments listing the other names.
So, that is the evolution of Johnny B. Fro. Now, being that it is the Fro's birthday, there is always a concern of his day being spoiled by the diabolical Birthday Bandit. I've issued an all points bulletin with the Ogden police and I've included this artist's sketch of what the Birthday Bandit looks like. Please, if anyone sees this man near Johnny B's house or work today, call the police immediately. As the Noid ruins pizzas, the Birthday Bandit ruins birthdays. Let's make sure that doesn't happen to Johnny; not this year. I've also contacted McGruff the crime dog and the neighborhood watch group, so now all we can do is wait and hope.
All of this talk about birthdays and reminiscing about old time with Johnny B reminds me of the year he got the toy My Buddy. The picture below is a "before" picture and I wish I had an "after" picture, but before the name Johnny B Fro existed, Johnny was dubbed Destructo Man. The doll started out in perfect shape, but after a few weeks he started to look a little different. Johnny gave him haircuts lopping off large chunks at a time. He started to color on him with markers, he gouged his head with blunt objects and otherwise managed to turn him into something much scarier than even Chucky from the movie Child's Play. In the end though, I would say My Buddy was a wise investment. Normally young children tire of their toys after a short time. But with so many ways to mangle and warp the figure of this doll it actually turned into a great use of time and My Buddy became a part of our family. R.I.P, My, no, "Our" Buddy.
In other news, I want to announce it here first. As many of you know I have a band called All Things Considered. We are working on a new album which will include many fan favorites such as a reprisal of Bearded Lady, and other new hits such as To Be Decided. Now, Johnny B. was and is our biggest fan. He's been to many shows and has memorized all of our song lyrics. To better demonstrate his devotion, Johnny even started his own band using one of our former band names and they attempted to cover some of our songs (unfortunately Hunter couldn't "play that fast" and they had to abandon the idea) To honor his devotion as well as his guitar skills, Johnny B. is officially joining the band as our bassist. Since I'm in NH and he's in Utah all of our practices and shows will be conducted through conference calls or online, but nonetheless, we won't stop rocking, not even for a little bit. You can check out our website to see a quick bio for our new bassist - http://www.purevolume.com/allthingsconsideredatc
In conclusion, Happy Birthday B-Fro! Please avoid the Birthday Bandit and don't break all of your new toys right away.