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Buxx - 1982 Knickers Down [Mini LP]

ALBUM: Knickers Down (Mini LP)
LABEL: Panther
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2011, Retrospect Records, RR-524


LINEUP: Paul Gallop - lead vocals, bass * Bob Norman - lead vocals, guitars * Martin Victor - lead vocals, keyboards * Tommy Smith - drums * Alan Desgrange - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Not This Time * 02 Don't Blame You * 03 Out On The Rocks * 04 Free To Rock * 05 Take You Back Anyway * 06 Can't Say No

From the same hometown as Duke Jupiter, Bruce Turgon and Lou Gramm came this pomp band called Buxx. From Rochester NY, these upstate NY pomp rockers played all around the Golden Horseshoe area, including Buffalo and the Niagara Falls area. Formed in 1981, Buxx signed with the small Buffalo based label Panther Records for the release of their 6-track EP 'Knickers Down' the following year. For a small label, Panther did very well, as the PR for the album was highly effective, with reviews in the UK and Europe, and the EP being made available as an import into those markets.

The Songs
Musically these guys remind me of Georgia band Fortnox, and Bay Area one-off wonders Redvette. Essentially Buxx have a basic hard riffing sound with a smattering of keyboards to round things out. The opening track 'Not This Time' features a foot-stomping beat, easy to remember chorus and Bob Norman lets a six-string solo do the talking. 'Don't Blame You' by comparison is a bit of mid-tempo fodder, much better is 'Out On The Rocks', with more of a radio rock delivery this time. That Fortnox comparison kicks in on 'Free To Rock', a rabble rousing anthem that trie s hard to rally the troops. 'Take You Back Anyway' is another that fails to grab the initiative, though things improve with the closer 'Can't Say No', held together by a much better arrangement, including a simple but effective chorus.

In Summary
The band and Panther Records also released a 7-inch single, featuring a remixed version of 'Not This Time' on the A-side, with a track called 'Hangar 18' on the B-side. Buxx hung around until at least 1986, but no other recordings were made it would seem. The only significant personnel movement was for keyboardist Martin Victor who joined Canadians Brighton Rock over the border, and appears on their 1984 'Brighton Rock' EP, before being replaced by Johnny Rogers in 1985 around about the time of the 'Young, Wild And Free' sessions. For obvious reasons, 'Knickers Down' has never made it to CD, but I'm certain someone will have converted it to a series of mp3s, should you be so lucky to find a copy.

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#1 | Nick C on February 24 2008 08:53:51
Flips McNightly! (wot???) hmm! I love this release...I didn't realise they had released a single though. I will have to try and track that down. Can't Say No reminds me of Coney Hatch a little, the song writing is consistently high throughout the E.P. although sound quality varies a little (not in a bad way I hasten to add) as I think it was recorded over a couple of different periods of time and different studios. Really highly recommended.
#2 | reyno-roxx on February 24 2008 11:55:38
I have the single. It's pretty good. I remember the guys in Brighton Rock were very vague when I broached the subject of Martin Victor after he'd left the band. To their thinking, Johnny Rogers was a huge step up.
#3 | gdazegod on February 24 2008 20:19:34
The single is for sale over at Ebay at the moment.
#4 | Nick C on February 25 2008 18:58:49
Shhhhh...I know I'm keeping an eye on it hahaha!
#5 | Nick C on February 29 2008 14:06:00
Actually I found something on the internet to suggest that the band got back together in the early to mid 90's, the drummer in this band lists in his resume one of the outfits he was in as Buxx 1993 - 1994, it looks as though Martin Victor was the only orig member reading between the lines.

#6 | rostoned on November 03 2008 22:48:05
Amazingly they even produced a clip for the song 'Hangar 18'

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#7 | Recordjnky on April 05 2012 23:40:10
BUXX is now officially released and silver pressed, remastered, with bonus tracks on Retrospect Records!
#8 | gdazegod on April 06 2012 05:26:41
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