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Enuff Znuff - 1989 Enuff Znuff




ARTIST: Enuff Znuff
ALBUM: Enuff Znuff
LABEL: Atco
SERIAL: 7 91262-2
YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Donnie Vie - lead vocals, guitars, keyboards * Derek Frigo - lead guitar * Chip ZNuff - bass * Vikki Fox - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 New Thing * 02 She Wants More * 03 Fly High Michelle * 04 Hot Little Summer Girl * 05 In The Groove * 06 Little Indian Angel * 07 For Now * 08 Kiss The Clown * 09 I Could Never Be Without You * 10 Finger On The Trigger

WEBLINKS: www.enuffznuff.com


Background
Unfairly misunderstood and overlooked because of their role in the hair-metal movement of the late '80s, Enuff Z'nuff actually has more in common with power-pop luminaries Cheap Trick and Badfinger than with Poison or Warrant. Really nothing more than an exceptional power-pop band, the hard rock categorization of Enuff Z'Nuff has really proved to be their blessing and a curse. Formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1984 as 'Enough Z 'Nuff' by friends Donnie Vie and Chip Z' Nuff, EZN quickly recorded their first demo, with many of the songs would be released years later. EZN's first single, 'Fingers On It,' was featured in the 1986 movie 'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer'. After years of paying their dues in the club circuit the major labels finally came a calling, leading to a deal with Atco Records. By 1989, Enuff Z'nuff were ready to unleash their major label debut, a self-titled effort with founding members Donnie and Chip being joined by guitarist Derek Frigo (ex-Le Mans) and drummer Vikki Foxx (drums). EZN's over the top glam image in their MTV videos often clashed with their power pop sound, causing some to unfortunately lump them in with the pretty boys of the hair-metal genre that was huge at the time. Thankfully EZN transcended that genre with their vocal harmonies and power pop sensibilities.


The Songs
At the surface, the sound of Enuff 'Z Nuff can best be described as a musical hybrid of Cheap Trick and The Beatles - with some metallic undertones thrown in for good measure. Each song is well crafted and instantly catchy. Donny Vie's slightly raspy vocals are full of attitude and Frigo's guitars full of vim 'n vigor. Frigo's solos are killer, as he was truly na overlooked talent. Vikki's drumming and flashy high-hat work almost reminds me of a young Steve Smith at times. The misunderstood geniuses Chip and Donnie are at the peak of their powers on the two modest hits that came from this debut - the infectious opener 'New Thing' and the psychedelic ballad 'Fly High Michelle'. 'Little Indian Angel' has an infectious chorus along with a to die for hook running throughout and 'For Now' is an upbeat ditty reminiscent of Off Broadway at their best. Other highlights include the power ballad 'I Could Never Be Without You', the bluesy rocker 'She Wants More' and 'Hot Little Summer Girl' (love that high-hat action here). There are a couple misfires, primarily the overlong 'In The Groove' which seems to peter out along the way and 'Kiss The Clown', which is weak considering what the group can be capable of. Thankfully the last track, 'Finger On The Trigger', is an all out guitar assault by Frigo, an upbeat and exciting climax to a very strong debut.


In Summary
For their follow-up album, 1991's 'Strength' (Also Reviewed Here At Glory-Daze), EZN tried to tone-down their glam image. It was released in 1991 to strong reviews, including Rolling Stone hailing the group as 'The hot band of the year.' EZN eventually filed bankruptcy and left Atco, but soon after was picked up by Clive Davis' Arista Records label for their 1993 AOR-tinged 'Animals With Human Intelligence'.With grunge dominating the airwaves, Enuff 'Z Nuff eventually fell out of favor, resulting in substance abuse and inter group tensions starting to take it's toll. Unfortunately, Derek Frigo passed away from an accidental drug overdose in 2004 followed by drummer Ricky Parent who lost his battle with cancer in 2007. Despite these setbacks, Enuff 'Z Nuff continued touring and recording up until the present, releasing several indie releases and finding a solid fan base in Japan. Donnie, who left the group in the early 2000's, is back with Chip for their 12th studio album that includes Ozzy Osbourne/Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee. Most of Enuff 'Z Nuff's discography is worth investigating, although some of the 90's releases border on grunge - thankfully it's Chip and Donnie's excellent musicianship that makes them palatable. The debut is no exception!


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Comments

#1 | gdazegod on July 25 2008 04:15:58
I love this album, and a review of it was well overdue. Thanks Jeff. You beat me to it! Thumbs Up
#2 | reyno-roxx on July 25 2008 10:04:38
A very talented band that sadly let drugs rule over the music. This is by far their best album.
#3 | rostoned on July 25 2008 14:47:43
First single 'New Thing' peaked at #67 on the BILLBOARD HOT 100 US singles chart, follow up 'Fly High Michelle' fared a lil' better reaching #47. Poor showing for two classic singles, my feeling is that ATCO didn't have the means to properly break artists into the TOP 40 and, as it's been well documented, it takes a lot of $ to invest in that.

This is the highest charting album of their career in the US so far, reaching #74 on the Billboard 200 album chart during an amazing 34 week run. Well done boyzz! clap
#4 | sabace on July 26 2008 14:11:44
excellent record!
#5 | eirrom on July 31 2008 20:44:07
New Thing is such a great song! This is their best album, but 'Strength' is pretty good too. Have to give them credit for releasing new music quite often.
#6 | trillion1999 on October 21 2011 19:38:48
I love Innocence from the Animals With Human Intelligence-CD.Schoolbook-example of a group I want to hear everything by including off course Chip N Donnie solo.
#7 | gdazegod on August 27 2015 13:17:23
Enuff Znuff - 1989 Fly High Michelle
[movie=youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWTD7Y24oY8[/movie]

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