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Kix - 1988 Blow My Fuse

ALBUM: Blow My Fuse
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 781 877-1 (LP), 7 81877-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 2014, Rock Candy Records, CANDY244
SPONSOR: Rock Candy Records


LINEUP: Steve Whiteman - lead vocals, harmonica * Ronnie '10/10' Younkins - guitars * Brian 'Damage' Forsythe - guitars * Donnie Purnell - bass, keyboards, backing vocals * Jimmy 'Chocolate' Chalfant - drums, percussion, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Red Light Green Light TNT * 02 Get It While It's Hot * 03 No Ring Around Rosie * 04 Don't Close Your Eyes * 05 She Dropped Me The Bomb * 06 Cold Blood * 07 Piece Of The Pie * 08 Boomerang * 09 Blow My Fuse * 10 Dirty Boys


It goes without saying that 80's rockers Kix peaked in 1988 with this LP. We've written about all their previous albums up to this point, but I think 'Blow My Fuse' is truly where it's at for these guys. 'Midnite Dynamite' was a great set too, but 1988 was all about hair, anthems, MTV and high energy songs. 'Blow My Fuse' had them, and it was no surprise it did well.

The Songs
The opening trio of 'Red Light Green Light TNT', 'Get It While It's Hot' and 'No Ring Around Rosie' are trademark Kix tunes. All good rollicking fun with a hint of AC/DC and Def Leppard played in Kix's indomitable style. The anti-suicide ballad 'Don't Close Your Eyes' became the band's biggest ever hit, getting to #11 on the Billboard charts. It certainly hit the spot amongst the highly impressionable teenage youth of the day. As a footnote, the song was co-written by Bob Halligan Jnr alongside Donnie Purnell. We're back to Kix Central, with the excellent pairing of 'She Dropped Me The Bomb' and 'Cold Blood', both songs proving to be solid rock n roll anthems. Not to be outdone, 'Boomerang' and 'Dirty Boys' keep things ticking over, as two slices of high energy raucousness

In Summary
Sadly, 'Blow My Fuse' would be their peak. A platinum selling album, the band descending down the twilight side of the hill as the music industry changed all around them, and they still remained in debt to Atlantic Records. They would return three years later for 1991's 'Hot Wire', paying homage to their influences such as AC/DC and Aerosmith. [word count 263]

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#1 | Nick C on January 12 2016 05:49:36
Ah Kix, one of my fave bands. I thought they got stronger with every album (yes I even think Cool Kids is ace). To me Hot Wire was just as good as this, if not better. But then it started unravelling with Show Business, which I liked but it just didn't fly like everything before.
#2 | david on January 12 2016 07:56:48
I absolutely loved Kix, from the moment I heard their debut, right up to Blow My Fuse. I Interviewed Donnie and found him such a nice, approachable guy. Seeing them at Edwards No 8 was a great highlight for me, I waited years to catch them live and they didn't disappoint.
#3 | reyno-roxx on January 12 2016 19:12:26
That show in Birmingham Brian Forsythe was suffering from food poisoning after a dodgy pizza in Stoke. He had to go behind the amps to throw up, but never let it affect his performance. A rock soldier.
#4 | Nick C on January 12 2016 22:05:09
I was at the Edwards gig...from the stage bit Steve Whiteman asked me where I got my Kix shirt from. I still have my ticket somewhere, was the support Bajon or Blazon or something like that?
#5 | david on January 13 2016 05:20:32
Dave Reynolds, when I had lunch with Brian back in 2010, he recounted that story.
#6 | david on January 13 2016 05:22:44
Nick, can't remember the support. But do remember the following night Dee Snider's Desperados played.
#7 | spawn71 on January 13 2016 18:30:19
A great album from a great (and often underrated) band: I love especially the rockers from this one, while I must admit that I wasn't impressed by the hit ballad 'Don't close your eyes'. Many regard this one as their masterpiece, but I still prefer their follow up record, 'Hot Wire'.
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