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Kix

Originally calling themselves Shooze and eventually changing their name to the Generators and ultimately, Kix, Baltimore's favorite hard rock band garnered quite a reputation for themselves as one of Maryland's most exciting live cover bands prior to signing to Atlantic Records in 1981. Led by frontman Steve Whiteman and creative mastermind/bassist Donnie Purnell, the band is rounded out by drummer Jimmy Chalfant and guitarists Ronnie Younkins (nicknamed 10/10) and Brian Jay Forsythe. Hitting the club circuit six nights a week for three straight years resulted in the band cultivating a huge local fan base and led to a contract with the Time Warner affiliate. Releasing their self-titled debut in 1981, Kix featured live favorites like "Atomic Bombs," the glorious "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah," and "The Kid." To support the release, the quintet set out to hit every club up and down the East Coast. Their 1983 follow-up, Cool Kids, showcased a slightly more commercial side of the band. Spearheaded by the single "Body Talk," rumors ran rampant that the song was written to appease the band's label, who, eager to capture some steam at radio, also forced the band into shooting a horrendous video for the song which featured the band in full-on workout mode. Other songs like "Restless Blood" and "Mighty Mouth" fared a little better. Eager to get back in the studio, Kix partnered up with Ratt and future Warrant producer Beau Hill and released Midnite Dynamite -- their "self-proclaimed favorite record ever." The album featured a great single, "Cold Shower," and some other notable cuts like "Sex" and "Bang Bang (Balls of Fire)."

Then a funny thing happened on the way to album number three. As the band got ready for a brief West Coast jaunt, the boys kept hearing some fishy stuff about another young, good looking frontman by the name of Brett Michaels. The big hoopla around town was that the young upstart was said to have stolen singer Steve Whiteman's stage act. Rumor became fact and here is why: prior to Poison relocating to Los Angeles, the band had often come out to see Kix perform live. Now local heroes in their own right, it was clear that Michaels had more than borrowed a few stage moves from the charismatic Kix singer. Sadly, when Kix got the opportunity to open for Poison at L.A.'s Country Club, their worse fears materialized as they stood in stunned silence watching a younger, better looking, musically challenged Poison from the side of the stage. The band had not only stolen Whiteman's stage moves, they'd just about stolen their entire stage act from underneath them.

Weathered but not to be counted out, Kix returned to the studio with hard rock veteran Tom Werman to record what would become their one and only breakthrough record. The band's fourth effort, Blow My Fuse, was released in 1988 and would finally feature the monstrous hit the band had worked so hard for -- it would appear in the way of a ballad, the "Dream On" inspired "Don't Close Your Eyes." As the song raced up the charts, the band began to garner the recognition it had fought so long and so hard for. To the band's credit, other excellent cuts also permeated the release. First single and video "Cold Blood," "Blow My Fuse," "Red Lite, Green Lite, TNT," and "No Ring Around Rosie" all showcased the band doing what it does best. As Kix finally graduated to arenas; for the next year and a half, the band would open for heroes AC/DC and Aerosmith and a slew of others including David Lee Roth, Ratt, and the abominable Britny Fox. Kix were on top of the world -- if only momentarily. Much larger problems were looming on the horizon. The old adage of "more money, more problems" had materialized itself as a stone around Kix' collective necks for years and years. The band's financial matters were now in a state of complete disarray. Now severely indebted to Atlantic, the band faced a painful wake up call when they realized that they hadn't made a penny off Blow My Fuse. To make matters even worse, the label had plans to shift Kix from their roster to the label's new imprint EastWest Records America. This proved to be disastrous move for the quintet as they now had to deal with a new regime to work their yet-to-be released fifth record. By the time Hot Wire finally hit record stores, the musical climate in 1991 had shifted dramatically. Quote-unquote "hair bands" were now a thing of the past. Grunge was all the rage, making a band like Kix look like the laughing stock of the day. The new trend made it virtually impossible for Kix to garner the radio support necessary for them to prosper commercially.

In hindsight, Hot Wire may have proved to be the band's best sounding record ever. Bolstered by a little MTV airplay, the album's first single "Girl Money" showcased everything that made Kix a first-rate bar band. With double-entendre verses in the vein of classic Bon Scott-era AC/DC, great musicianship, and with a hearty sense of humor to boot, the track would have probably been huge in 1989. Selling just under 200,000 units, the album came and went and Kix returned to doing what it had done all along -- hitting the road. The band then toured the Orient and recorded a live record in Japan in 1992. It would be released by Atlantic in 1993 under the uninventive moniker, Kix Live. The 12-track live album would finally fulfill the band's contractual obligation to the label. By the time Kix Live was released, founding member and guitarist Brain Forsythe had quit the band returning to the fold in 1994 in time to record Show Business, the band's ill-fated debut on CMC. Released in 1995, Show Business tanked and the band was history. After a three-year hiatus away from the music biz, Steve Whiteman re-merged in Baltimore as the singer for Funny Money. Forming its own label, Kivel Records, Funny Money released a self-titled debut in 1998 and a sophomore follow-up, Back Again, in 1999. With a personal rift between Kix bassist and chief songwriter Donnie Purnell still in full-effect, chances of a Kix reunion look like a forgone conclusion. However, as rock history has taught us, never say never. ~ John Franck, Rovi
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M3 festivals at Merriweather Post Pavillion. KIX is the best live band you will ever see at any venue for any price no matter how far you travel to see them. Hanging with best friends seeing KIX can't get better than that!!! Kenny The Beer Guy!!!
I want a piece of the pie!!!
I got wat u lookin for!!watch those dirty boys!!!;-);- )
bobnascar88
Kick a** group they roll
grissrh
These guys still ROCK....seen em many years ago ...Shilley arces, Old Mill in Hagerstown Md....
Their new album Rock Your Face Off does exactly that!
Hearing the moaning and groaning!!!y u p ! !
Blow my ;-);-);-);-) L M A O ! ! ! !
Come on baby blow my fuse!!!
srk8
Saw these guys last week. Great Energy still!
Im a love machine im a m16.shoot you full of holes.get it while is hot.f**k ya!!
Pandora could u put kix hotwire album on
Saw them at Ohio bike week great show!
bigntal
Can't stop thinking about HammerJacks! and the fire house in Brunswick md.
come on guys life is good sandbar Pasadena md. u can do something

Blow my fuse...got nothing to l8sr...lose. . . " d a N " ¿~
What came first the rock band or the cereal?
Pandora or anyone where's hotwire cd at
The 80's rocked! I loved the 80's... I remember some of it. It was very cool! I think....yes , it was ..lol
Love this song!!!!!!!
I just played with Kix in Raleigh, NC 2 days ago. Still as good as they ever were.
They are recording a new album at this time.
rothsuede
I thought show business was a great album.
Kix rocks!!
Always loved their music. Great band that should've gotten the recognition they deserved for their hard work!!
I saw them in a diner yesterday!!!
Kix @ Hammerjacks. . . n o b o d y came into Baltimore and put on a better show! Goodtimes! People stood on the walls drink ledges on the 2nd floor to be able to see down to the stage.
Saw Steve and Brian on That Metal show over the weekend. Great guys.
Awesome
See them on the Monsters of Rock Cruise next March (2014). They are still the greatest live band ever.
Wow hearing everyone talk about Hammerjacks and the Bayou brings back some great memories. Growing up in Alexandria VA. We would cath every show in a two hundred mile radius,and somtimes more. We would follow thes guys anywhere. they would recognize us and freak out when the saw us in Pittsburgh in Ohio or New York. They would have us back stage partying like we part of the crew. They thought it was amazing that we would travel so far just to see them.And bangn' our heads the whole way. I am gla
thanks pandora.some h o w u bring back the memories
Om not that into rock but this is a pretty good song
kix at hammerjacks , those were the days
Cold Shower and Midnite Dynamite are classics too.
Hot Wire is killer
Cold Shower is an epic tune
Don't Close Your Eyes. two months goes by fast.
lie2ill
These guys still ROCK in MD! Have seen them 5 times in the last 3 years and they have not slowed down at all! One of the best rock shows you can see!
jm7456
1991...seen 'em front row... AKRON AGORA....wow !
what a major blast of high energy rock...right to the face!
instanly hooked...and still crankin' it....blow my fuse!
Seen these guys at Hammerjacks in Baltimore Maryland back in the late 80's when in the service. What an awesome show they put on.
Definitely underated
Love some KIX. Awesome in concert
mrazmeritsa
great band that never got their deserved props (imho).
ONE GREAT UNDERATED BAND
Agree with Noelle, Cool Kids needs to be the next addition to the Kix arsenal. If you could only add one more, that should be the one. And hurry. We're getting Restless Blood here waiting.
best kix song ever!!!! god,,, brings back some good kegger music
@michellekoo i m a n : For Shame is on their Cool Kids album...and they are still rocking...th e y play in the Baltimore area a few times a year. Check out their website!!
I was lucky I got to see them live opening for Whitesnake. They sound great even now.
miss hearing these guys
these dudes kicked me in my a** at the Rock It Club -Tampa Bay, Fla.
back in the day
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