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Sic Vikki - 1993 Kiss Me In French

ARTIST: Sic Vikki
ALBUM: Kiss Me In French
LABEL: Blue Martin
SERIAL: BLM 330053-2
YEAR: 1993


LINEUP: Rich Cox - vocals * Bobby Enloe - guitars * Tony Annunziata - keyboards * Pat Schumaker - bass * Steve Salter - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Kiss Me In French * 02 Tough Enough * 03 Baby Talks Dirty * 04 You Make Me Bleed * 05 Tie Me Up * 06 Her Body Compliments The Beat * 07 I Don't Want Nobody But Yours * 08 Damage Is Done * 09 Stop Breakin' My Heart * 10 Cry

Here's an interesting concoction.. A band which looks like Danger Danger and Blonz, with a sound between Autograph and Stone Soup. How does that tickle your fancy? It did mine, thats why I'm writing about it. Gotta say, I've love the cover and artwork, with the archetypal blonde draped all over the band members. A great start, and the music ain't bad either. Yes, it's L.A melodic rock with keyboards etc, but there's a certain pop element to them too, even though they don't look the part. I'm sure producer Steve Plunkett was looking to make these boys Autograph clones with all the fun filled anthemic rockers on show here. But to their credit Sic Vikki (sic .. sic name huh?) have a few more tricks up their jumper to pass them off as mere imitators.

The Songs
The opening duo of 'Kiss Me In French' and 'Tough Enough' showcase their undoubted ability in the first six minutes. Then 'Baby Talks Dirty' moves into Autograph territory effortlessly. The ballad 'You Make Me Bleed' is one we've heard a thousand times before, though a thousand and one times ain't gonna hurt. It's nice though.. The chants get a happening on 'Tie Me Up' while 'Her Body Compliments The Beat' is a solid slice of AOR similar to Indianapolis band French Lick/Stone Soup. The speed is increased on 'I Don't Want Nobody But Yours', while 'Damage Is Done' is emotion drenched melodia only bands like this can pull off. The Bon Jovi-isms come home on 'Stop Breakin' My Heart, but to be truthful, it's more akin to Stone Soup (who themselves are heavily influenced by BJ), while Bobby Enloe gets to twiddle on his accoustic guitars for once on 'Cry', a great track for an unplugged gig if the band ever want to attempt it.

In Summary
A great melodic hard rock album, though I don't think the same can be said for their follow up album 'Streetside Picasso' which came out two years later with a different lineup, and different sound.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on May 20 2008 11:37:36
I remember being incredibly pissed off at the time when a spread I'd written on the band for 'Kerrang!' turned into something that had these guys being touted as the next Ratt.
The band were just as pissed off. How could they be compared to Ratt?
That was the turning point as far as my relationship with K! went. There were other agendas beginning to seep through from elsewhere...when other people start to re-write things that's when its time to move on....
#2 | gdazegod on May 20 2008 21:19:19
Sounds like an over enthusiastic Sub Editor at work there Dave. bugs
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