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Moxy Roxx - 2009 Victims Of The Night (Expanded Edition)



ARTIST: Moxy Roxx
ALBUM: Victims Of The Night (Expanded Edition)
LABEL: Idol Records
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Joey LaVie - vocals, guitars * Brooke St James - guitars * Chris Valentine - bass * Jackie Ramos - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Summer Nights * 02 Push Has Come To Shove * 03 Victims Of The Night * 04 Broken Man * 05 Backstabber * 06 Sheila * 07 Don't Need A Girl Like That * 08 Everybody Loves Alice * 09 Reachin' For The Stars * 10 Rosy * 11 Armed And Dangerous * 12 Dangerous Lover * 13 Keeper Of The Dog * 14 Camera Ready

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WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/moxyroxx


Background
If you thought the 70's and 80's rock scene in Milwaukee was all about Bad Boy, then think again. Moxy Roxx was another local outfit that became more famous for the personnel that made up its ranks, then moved on. History will show that the band was formed by Axe drummer Teddy Mueller and future Tyketto guitarist Brooke St James. Formed in 1984, the band also include future Warpdrive member Mark Woerpel on vocals and guitars with bassist Chris Martinez filling out the band. Moxy Roxx became a permanent fixture on the Milwaukee club scene, but lineup changes would occur during their time together, with Mueller eventually moving on to a new band The Machine, his place taken by Jackie Ramos (Hericane Alice, Bangalore Choir etc), and Joey LaVie (a well known name in Milwaukee circles) replacing Woerpel. 'Victims Of The Night' was released as an EP in 1986, but beyond that, the band weren't able to break out of their regional locale, with members all going on to future acts elsewhere throughout the nation.


The Songs
In 2009, Idol Records managed to reissue the EP with a full complete digital remaster. The expanded CD has been sourced from two parts: the first five tracks appeared which on the band's 1986 EP, while the remaining nine tracks are all previously unreleased material. Upon first listening, Moxy Roxx sound like King Kobra with keyboards and organ, throw in a dash of Billy The Kid and Addiction. This is apparent on the EP tracks at least, while the unreleased material is a bit harder hitting, more guitar oriented rock with next to no keyboards. Those first five tracks are superb, it's a pity that a full album couldn't have been released back in 1986 as the material here is very classy. Leading off with 'Summer Nights', this one is very commercial, but things get exciting when the band roll into 'Push Has Come To Shove', and even more so with the brilliant title track 'Victims Of The Night', which could very well be King Kobra on steroids! 'Broken Man' has a similar chorus, while the keyboards get a fair hearing. This one is the standout track for me. 'Backstabber' is the last track from the EP, it's a grinding sort of tune, part Icon in delivery with a gang-chant chorus. Of the previously unreleased tracks, the production values are of a lesser quality, however they are still quite listenable. 'Sheila' churns out riffs amidst the keyboard tinkers and high flying solos. 'Don't Need A Girl Like That' is a faster tempo affair, with a dab of Poison attitude wise, with a Vyper like sound. 'Everybody Loves Alice' is typical 80's fare with a hint of hard rock/glam and a great singalong chorus. The other standout is the fantastic 'Armed And Dangerous' with fast and furious rhythm guitar and some slam dunking drum work.


In Summary
Great to see this get a reissue, and to put this back in the public spotlight. Honestly, this is the sort of band that would look good on Retrospect's roster. I understand there is talk of the band reforming in 2011 for a reappearance at Summerfest, which is a huge near two week music festival in Milwaukee, anything beyond that (like a new CD) would be a bonus. If interested, 'Victims Of The Night' can be purchased directly from Idol Records (.com) website for $9.99.


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