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The Buoys

"The Buoys" were a progressive rock band from the early 1970s. Its membership included Bill Kelly, Fran Brozena, Jerry Hludzik, Carl Siracuse, Chris Hanlon, and Sally Rosoff, based in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

They are most famous for their recording of Rupert Holmes's "Timothy", a song deliberately written to get banned, based on a theme of cannibalism. Holmes himself selected the group to record the song. Released by Scepter Records, with whom the Buoys had been signed but previouly ignored, the song hit #17 on US charts in 1971. Scepter executives did not catch what it was about until after it started climbing the charts, after which claiming that Timothy was a mule, a concept Holmes found more offensive than cannibalism, which he intended. Holmes, with D. Jordan, wrote a less-successful hit for them titled "Give Up Your Guns", an epic narrative dealing with an escaped bank robber. Much more serious in tone than their previous hit, "Give Up Your Guns" reached only #84. Holmes wrote a number of other songs for the band, including "The Prince of Thieves", "Blood Knot", and "Tomorrow", most of which had much of the darkness but little of the humor of "Timothy". Lik...

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