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Enuff Z'Nuff

If there is such a thing as false advertising in rock & roll, then Enuff Z'nuff is one of its textbook examples. Packaged in garish peace-glam attire by their record company, the group was wrongly lumped in with the disposable pop-metal bands of the late '80s (Poison, Warrant, etc.) rather than appreciated for the truly gifted power pop act that they were. By the time they finally managed to shed their deceptive camouflage, it was much too late to turn public opinion, or their fortunes, around.

Musical soul brothers Donnie Vie (guitar and vocals) and Chip Znuff met in Chicago in 1984 and quickly set about writing songs together. Their relationship proved extremely fruitful and in less than a year the duo had recruited guitar player Gino Martino and drummer B.W. Boski, named themselves Enuff Z'nuff, and begun shopping around a full-length demo called Hollywood Squares to the major labels. Obtaining a contract proved more difficult than they expected, however, and it was only four years later, and after the arrival of virtuoso guitarist Derek Frigo and drummer Vikki Foxx, that the band finally signed a deal with Atlantic Records subsidiary Atco.

Released in August 1989, Enuff Z'nuff's self-titled debut scored a couple of quick hit singles with "New Thing" and "Fly High Michelle," but the frustrated band found themselves receiving more attention for their over-the-top, brightly colored, peace sign-infested wardrobe than their superlative hard rock songs. By the time they unleashed 1991's Strength album, the band had noticeably toned down their image and turned up their creative ambitions to deliver a masterful '90s take on the crunchy power pop sound of Cheap Trick and Badfinger. America's new alternative rock regime was not impressed, however, and their dismissal from Atco due to disappointing sales coincided with a growing rift with guitarist Frigo. And though they were quickly snapped up by Arista Records, drummer Foxx would leave abruptly for the greener pastures of former Mötley Crüe vocalist Vince Neil's solo band as soon as the sessions for their third album, Animals with Human Intelligence, were completed. When this third effort tanked with consumers as well, Arista also shut its doors and Frigo quit for good.

Vie and Znuff hit rock bottom in 1994. With no record deal in sight and wallowing in deepening drug addiction, they decided to re-release their original 1985 demos as the next Enuff Z'nuff album, simply calling it 1985. Containing liner notes penned by the "King of All Media" himself, Howard Stern (by all accounts a rabid fan), the album proved a godsend, doing enough business domestically and in Japan (remember, production costs were negligible) to pad the band's coffers and get the boys back on their feet. It also allowed them to record two new albums in 1995: an official release for Mayhem Records called Tweaked (featuring original guitarist Martino and drummer Ricky Parent) and the Japan-only Chip & Donnie: Brothers -- later re-released stateside in 1997 as Seven. In between, Enuff Z'nuff recorded 1996's Peach Fuzz as a trio following Martino's departure, then released the retrospective Live in 1998. Guitarist John Monaco joined the group in time for 1998's Paraphernalia (which was released by Spitfire Records, along with most of the band's late-'90s output) and stayed on through 2000's 10.

Unfortunately, this unusual spell of relative stability would not last for Enuff Z'nuff. Following the release of their 11th studio album, Welcome to Blue Island, by the Dream Catcher label in 2002, Donnie Vie quit to pursue a solo career in Los Angeles, leaving Chip Znuff and a number of henchmen to carry on and tour sporadically as a trio. Then, just as reunion discussions with former members Derek Frigo and Vikki Foxx were getting under way, Enuff Z'nuff's already shaky constituents were dealt another devastating blow on May 29, 2004, when Frigo was found dead from an accidental drug overdose outside his girlfriend's apartment in L.A. The band had just finished recording ?, which was eventually released in November 2004 on the Pony Canyon label. A live album, Tonight, Sold Out, followed in 2007. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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Are they missing the album with the green peace symbol? Fun
This band never got enough credit for how great they are.
They failed because they suck
saw them recently and I love there music and Chip is so nice and I'm happy we became good friends
kschmidt194
Aweome band... Saw Chip the other night. He looks awesome. You are missing a key part of this.. Ricky Parent passed away of cancer. Can't remember the year at the moment. Do the resarch. He was an awesome drummer and is deeply missed.
BRILLANT.... . . . . . . . . T H E GREATEST MISJUSTICE IN ROCK AND ROLL IS THAT THESE GUYS ARENT SUPERSTARS.. . . . . . . . .
tylerholyand e r s o n
Who was the a**hole who left that crappy review
Donnie and Chip are one of those few songwriting teams I would mention in the same breath as Lennon and McCartney.
A great truly under-apprec i a t e d band.
clayton.sand e r s
This band will be the Vincent van Gogh of music.....gr e a t n e s s ! ! !
reverendzomb i e 7 2
This is one of my favorite bands but I am deeply offended by the Bio here. I would hardly call Poison and specially Warrent disposable pop-metal bands. If anything they have each stood longer and shined brighter than Enuff Z'Nuff.
this song just rocks man! period
prep18
I am surprised and delighted to learn about how good and long lasting this band has been. What a treasure-tro v e of great tunes... on every album. I had dismissed them a little too early when Fly High Michelle got over-played on MTV back in the day. How poorly produced/man a g e d can a band be? - They are an unfortunate litmus. I am glad they continued to write and record great rock and pop tunes.
I loved 'znuf from the first time I heard New Thing but had a hard time convincing my friends. I knew I was right and went alone to a (1989?) show in (uber-danger o u s ) Newark, NJ and another at the Empire in Philly -two great parties that I'll never forget. Whoever stuck that neon green peace sign on these talented (and fun!) musicians should be shot! I hope they hang in there and get huge one day! If you read this guys ... much love!
Donnie Vie is back with the band, and they are touring with their new, released only in Japan album, ""Dissonance " . Going to see them play tonight at a new club in Elgin IL, Roadhouse. . . .stay tuned!
great guitar based songs.not just trying to play as fast or as loud as they can
o2shredder says: 12-05-2008

Not bad for pop metal but how the hell did I end up listening to these guys from my Anthrax page? This is the second time this station has played something totally different than what is specified in about 30 minutes
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Who knows? Nirvana and Pearl Jam showed up on the "Pop/Hair Metal" genre station, could that be farther off the mark? Don't think so!
Enuff Z'nuff is obviously heavily influenced by the Beatles. Donnie Vie has a most unusual voice and the harmonies are very tight and the music melodic. A very underated band unfairly grouped with the hair bands of the late 80's and early 90"s. Love 'em.
Not bad for pop metal but how the hell did I end up listening to these guys from my Anthrax page? This is the second time this station has played something totally different than what is specified in about 30 minutes
I f**king LOVE ENUFF Z NUFF. They are so friggen good at writing and performing awesome -great rock and roll songs. Soo under appreciated and so far ahead of the competition. . They are superstars in my eyes and ears and always will be. Please keep up the great songs. I love you guys.

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