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Kix - 1981 Kix

LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: SD 19307
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1989, Atlantic, 19307-2


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

TRACK LISTING: 01 Atomic Bombs * 02 Love At First Sight * 03 Heartache * 04 Poison * 05 The Itch * 06 Kix Are For Kids * 07 Contrary Mary * 08 The Kid * 09 Yeah Yeah Yeah


If you were a teenager growing up in the greater Maryland area during the late 70's, chances are you would have run into Kix. Or more probably, The Shooze or The Generators, as they were known back then. Originally formed in 1979, The Shooze compromised of Whiteman, Younkins, Forsyth and Purnell, with Whiteman handling the drums. They changed their name to The Generators due to a band-name conflict with some other outfit. Their brand of high-energy rock along the lines of AC/DC and Aerosmith interested a few of the label pundits. More of a "live" band, they certainly showed promise, and so it was that Atlantic took up the challenge to try and nuture this raucous outfit into a professional hard rock entity.

The Songs
The songs are a bunch of rabble-rousers that were good for it's time. I enjoyed this album in my youth, plus all their other efforts too. Donnie Purnell wrote most of the music for the album, and it does contain a fair bit of pent-up testosterone along with high levels of sexual innuendo to go with it. The opener 'Atomic Bombs' is a great scene-setter. A dramatic opening with 'end-of-the-world' siren effects, and some aggressive riffs. The next pair of songs 'Love At First Sight' and 'Heartache' tone down the aggression somewhat, sounding more commercial as a result. 'The Itch' is a catchy piece, with stomping drumwork and an insistent groove which would sound great live I'm sure. Side two showcases their natural aggression; firstly in the shape of 'Kix Are For Kids', a fast-paced tune where the accelerator is definitely down to the floor. 'Contrary Mary' highlights their high-energy pop/rock, check out Whiteman's effervescent vocals on this one. The metronome works overtime on 'The Kid' and even on the party-hard tune 'Yeah Yeah Yeah' it would be difficult to try and stand still to this one!

In Summary
This debut album was produced by Tom Allom, better known for his work with Judas Priest and Loverboy. Trying to capture a 'live' band in a studio environment is always going to be a difficult job. Allom does that job to a degree, particularly the songs on Side Two of the album where you can hear more of what Kix would sound like in their natural environment. However, Kix's later work such as 'Midnight Dynamite' and 'Blow My Fuse' are probably a better listen all round, and are well worth picking up.

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#1 | Nick C on August 21 2008 11:56:53
Possibly my fave KIX album. The band released some fantastic albums over their career - this was the first I bought....well they only had this one out at the time anyway haha. Great fun - no nonsense rock which grabbed me by the short and curlies and shook me! It still gets tons of plays today. Some of the songs just make you want to groove or get out the old air guitar, but not for widdly bits more driving riff posing heh! If you don't find your foot tapping to the Kid then someone's superglued it to the floor.
Great album for straight down the line fun, have a beer and go nuts hard rock!
#2 | aaasreg on August 03 2014 11:28:58
I love this album and what I love the most about it that it has a special charme. Cannot describe
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