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XYZ - 1989 XYZ

LABEL: Enigma
SERIAL: 7 73525-2
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2001, Axe Killer (France), 3064422 * 2010, Axe Killer, AX1005150


LINEUP: Terry Ilous - vocals * Pat Fontaine - bass * Mark Richard Diglio - guitars * Paul Monroe - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Maggy * 02 Inside Out * 03 What Keeps Me Loving You * 04 Take What You Can * 05 Follow The Night * 06 Come On 'n' Love Me * 07 Souvenirs * 08 Tied Up * 09 Nice Day To Die * 10 After The Rain

Great name for a band huh? And easy to find in the record store racks. Just head down to the back of the store where all the XYZ artists can be found. With two Frenchmen onboard, XYZ started life in Los Angeles during 1986, Ilous, Fontaine, plus guitarist Bobby Pieper and drummer Joey Pafumi. The band become the house band at L.A club The Whiskey, and by 1988 eventually scored a deal with Enigma Records, though by that stage Pieper and Pafumi had departed to be replaced by Mark Richard Diglio and Paul Monroe respectively. Don Dokken was bought in to produce the debut album which flew out of the stores in mid October 1989. Actually, yhat last part wasn't true, the album struggled to make any headway commercially, only getting to #99 in the Billboard Charts.

The Songs
Despite that, there are some groovy songs onboard. Some which still sound great today. 'Souvenirs' and 'What Keeps Me Loving You' are absolute keepers for me,while tracks such as 'Maggy', 'Take What You Can' and 'Nice Day To Die' showcase the band's harder side. 'Inside Out' and 'What Keeps Me Loving You' both made it to MTV, while Diglio's flashy guitar style bought back memories of Eddie Van Halen and Ratt's Warren DeMartini from a few years earlier.

In Summary
Enigma didn't try their hardest in holding on to the band, XYZ moving to Capitol for 1991's 'Hungry'. That album sold even less than the first, XYZ chucking it in not long after. They did resurrect in 2002 for their third album 'Letter To God', which was released by German label MTM Music the following year. XYZ continue on to this day, though Terry Ilous is sharing his lead vocal work with fellow L.A rockers Great White.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 02 2013 06:40:51
XYZ - 1989 What Keeps Me Loving You
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#2 | jeffrey343 on November 02 2013 14:57:28
I didn't discover this until mid-August when I heard of it when reading about another band. It's on Rhapsody, so I checked it out. The first four songs are killer, and I've played "Maggy" more than any 80s song this year in only ten weeks. I haven't gotten into the rest of it as much, though. Maybe a few more spins. But "Maggy" is pretty epic.

I also think this reminds me of what Great White was doing around that time.
#3 | Carlos Ramirez on September 04 2014 22:40:10
"What Keeps Me Loving You" is one of the finest ballads of the era.
#4 | super80boy on November 27 2016 16:50:33
Side 1 is quite strong with not only two MTV sponsored album singles but killer opener 'Maggy', which was in a Dolph Lundgren move soundtrack and the forceful 'Take What You Can'. Side 2's propulsive groover 'Come On N' Love Me' has a cool vocoder effect and rates high. This is followed by a well placed second and equally good power ballad 'Souvenirs'. XYZ was a very successful debut outing, even if it didn't (unfairly) rate high on the charts.
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