Lone Cowboys evolved out
of the band New Toys, when singer/songwriter/guitarist Doug Tyler left
the band in late 1983 (continued on as a three-piece until early 1984).
This brought about a dramatic change in the sound of the band, now
having lost their "pop" sound, they would become an edgy, hard-driving
"alternative" 3-piece. There new sound would eventually get them
noticed by Caroline Records after they charted number 20 on Sweden's
independent music chart with a remake of the Debbie Boone classic, "You
Light Up My Life." In 1986 they recorded Voodoo Dolls &
Cadillac Fins on the Caroline label and prepared to launch a European
tour. However, the tour was cancelled when Caroline was sued for
parallel importing. What would have been tour support money was used
instead on legal fees.
In December 1986, they returned to being a 4-piece
with the addition of former Dirty Looks (former Stiff Recording
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