The band J.B.O. was originally built in 1989 by the two front men Hannes "G. Laber" Holzmann and Veit Kutzer alias "Vito C.". It was founded as a pure fun project under the name "James Blast Orchestra". It was planned to perform at the Newcomer Festival at the Erlanger E-Werk, where the two were regular guests. The first songs were recorded until the band's first official appearance on 29th October 1989 at the E-Werk.