Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Guys she's on Facebook, I...
Maybe Franne was friends ...
Rudy was co-written by Fe...
Great album and excellent...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1991 Articles » Kix - 1991 Hot Wire
 
Kix - 1991 Hot Wire



ARTIST: Kix
ALBUM: Hot Wire
LABEL: East/West
SERIAL: 7 91714-2
YEAR: 1991

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Steve Whiteman - vocals, harp * Brian Forsythe - guitars * Ronnie Younkins - guitars * Donnie Purcell - bass * Jimmy Chalfant - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hot Wire * 02 Girl Money * 03 Luv A Holic * 04 Tear Down The Walls * 05 Bump The La La * 06 Rock N Roll Overdose * 07 Cold Chills * 08 Same Jane * 09 Pants On Fire (Liar Liar) * 10 Hee Bee Jee Bee Crush

WEBLINKS: www.kix-band.com


Background
Someone mentioned to me a while back, suggesting that this fifth Kix album was the ultimate hard rock party album. Well. I've heard a lot of 'so-called' party albums in my time, and yes, this one is a contender, but I'd venture to suggest that some of the early AC/DC albums, plus some minor favourites like the first Danger Danger album or the mega platinum seller 'Slippery When Wet' by Bon Jovi might be better bets. What Kix do is follow a formula that never strays too far from the beaten track. Keep it simple, in your face, and play at high-energy. To be fair, though the melody is always close by, you'd have to suggest that AC/DC and Aerosmith are closer relatives to their style. Chuck in a few ounces of trashy sleaze with appropriate doses of sexual innuendo (as they've been renowned throughout their career), and you'll find the mix is just about right, if you wanna get a good ol' fix of Kix! There are a few other Kix albums reviewed here at GLORY-DAZE, so we won't repeat their prior history here. However, what I will say is that around this timeframe, the US was awash with bands from that hard rock/sleaze side of the alley. Some new, and some with older pedigrees (like Kix, Killer Dwarfs, Britny Fox etc) who were still trying to hold on before the grunge tide took them away amid the down-tuned backwash. What you get with 'Hot Wire' is an album that always lives up to the expectations of their fans. The Kix boys can always lay claim to the fact that they have never sold out to their fans. What you see is what you get. A promise made right from their debut album ten years earlier.


The Songs
A storming opener is the title track 'Hot Wire'. The stomping intro leads into a healthy riff-happy affair, which by the sounds of things is a bit of live favourite. 'Girl Money' could very well be a tribute to AC/DC, dopey lyrics included! 'Tear Down The Walls' is the albums ballad offering, and a good one it is too. Compare it to their 1988 hit 'Don't Close Your Eyes' and you can see they were aiming for a repeat dose. Or more probably.. the label was! The pair of 'Rock n Roll Overdose' and 'Same Jane' are hard-hitting rockers, again with that AC/DC swagger. Very appealing with a beer in hand!! The party flavour is hard to ignore on (suitably named) tracks like 'Luv-A-Holic', 'Bump The La La', 'Pants On Fire' and the albums parting shot 'Hee Bee Jee Bee Crush'.. All infectious, raucous numbers where we even get to hear Steve Whiteman blast it out on harp (harmonica to you and I).


In Summary
As mentioned, though they went out with the tide, they still managed to release a few more albums into the 90's decade, including a live set from 1993, and 1995's 'Show Business'. These days, Steve Whiteman has been involved more recently with the band Funny Money, Forsythe moved west to L.A, while Purcell it seems, has dropped out of the limelight. A good fun-time band, and always worthwhile having a smattering of their albums lying around the house.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
Tags: Kix 
 
Comments
#1 | reyno-roxx on June 11 2008 11:27:01
Kix played one of the best shows I have ever seen when they were touring with Ratt and Britny Fox in 1989.
Kix were third on the bill, but Britny graciously agreed to let them go second at their hometown gig at the old Capital Center in Landover, Maryland.
The crowd reaction was absolutely fantastic, Kix cereal was all over the place and the band played an absolutely stunning set.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Seals, Dan - 1983 Rebel Heart, Samson - 1980 Head On, Carmen, Eric - 1980 Tonight You're Mine, Charlie - 1981 Good Morning America, Des Barres, Michael (Band) - 2012 Carnaby Street, Kingfish - 1978 Trident, Hibria - 2011 Blind Ride, Conspiracy - 2003 The Unknown, Offen, Arthur - 2016 Seven Wonders, Texas Hippie Coalition - 2010 Rollin', Brother Firetribe - 2017 Sunbound, In 3-D - 1985 No Glasses Needed, Santana - 1982 Shango, Toronto - 1981 Head On, Toto - 1992 Kingdom Of Desire
Tags©
The Coup Wounded Bird Gary Wright John Kalishes Snips Suzi Quatro Actors And Actresses Uriah Heep Sweet Comfort Band Kirka Tainted Nation Eva Qwest Victory Group Crooked X Superhero Stage Dolls Lebocat Marcello Vestry Adellaide Sassy Jones Orphann Madcats Greenway April Wine Brian Greenway Zappacosta The Bobbies Joe Fagin Detroit Adrenalin (USA) Van Halen William Lyall Starchild Survivor Rock Candy Records
All Tags
Search DDG