Kix

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Nazione:Stati Uniti
Attività:dal 1978

Line up

  • Steve Whiteman: vocals
  • Ronnie “10/10” Younkins: guitar
  • Brian “Damage” Forsythe: guitar
  • Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant: drums
  • Mark Schenker: bass
KIX was founded in 1978 inHagerstown, Maryland. They were considered one of Maryland's top cover bands prior to their signing with Atlantic Records in 1981, when they debuted with their self-titled album “KIX”. With this album, the tongue-in-cheek rock & roll style of KIX was established.

Their 1983 follow-up, “Cool Kids” showcased a slightly more commercial side of the band featuring the title song and the single "Body Talk.” KIX then partnered up with Ratt and future Warrant producer Beau Hill and, in 1985, released the hard rock power house album “Midnite Dynamite,” featuring a hard rock single by the same name and the funkier rock songs “Cold Shower" and "Sex." The music video for “Cold Shower” quickly gained popularity and was put into regular rotation on MTV. The band headed west to continue to make a name for themselves in such places as the Sunset Strip, where Mötley Crüe and other glam metal bands rose to stardom. KIX was quickly becoming a formidable live band like no other.

In 1988, KIX released “Blow My Fuse,” and finally achieved fame as it went platinum. The slow ballad "Don't Close Your Eyes" -- containing anti-suicide lyrics -- led the way and other popular cuts followed. The album featured singles such as "Cold Blood" and "Blow My Fuse" with videos showing the band in concert at the now legendary Hammerjack’s Concert Hall, and as a result Whiteman and Forsythe were asked to host a memorable edition of the MTV show Headbanger’s Ball. As KIX finally graduated to arenas, they regularly opened for such artists as Aerosmith and KISS and were on successful tours with Whitesnake, Ratt and Tesla.

The album “Hot Wire” finally arrived in 1991 with the single, “Girl Money". While on tour in 1992, they made a live album, titled “KIX Live” recorded at the Universityof Maryland, College Park. With the arrival of the Seattlegrunge scene in 1995, the band released their final album “Show Business,” on CMC records before splitting in the same year.

Steve Whiteman would re-emerge as the singer for Funny Money together with Mark Schenker and Jimmy Chalfant. Ronnie Younkins moved to L.A.to start a collaboration with singer Jeremy L. White in 2000. In2002 he founded The Blues Vultures. Brian Forsythe plays in The Snakehandlers and has been on tour and has recorded several albums as the guitar player of Rhino Bucket.

Marking the re-emergence of KIX in mid-2000’s, Steve Whiteman, Jimmy Chalfant, Ronnie Younkins, and Brian Forsythe had teamed up a few times a year (with Mark Schenker on bass) to test the waters with KIX reunion shows in the Maryland/Pennsylvania which were very well received.

Then in the summer of 2008 KIX performed at two of the biggest rock festivals in the US. Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahomaand Rock the Bayou in Houston, TX. KIX was hailed by many music websites and attendees as “Best Performance” at both festivals. Since then KIX has been performing more and more shows at festivals, casinos and biker rallys across the country, impressing promoters and fellow musicians with their top notch and highly entertaining performances.

In the interim - a first-ever for KIX - a long-awaited live DVD and CD is out on Frontiers called “Live In Baltimore” showcasing the bands legendary live performance.
As the demand from the fans for new KIX music has never subsided and in fact has only increased over the last few years, band members have decided that they can no longer ignore the overtures from the fans and are writing new KIX songs for a new album due out on Frontiers Records in 2013.

Discografia

Copertina 7
Live In Baltimore (Frontiers Records / 2012) 

1. NO RING AROUND ROSIE / 2. ATOMIC BOMBS / 3. LIE LIKE A RUG / 4. DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES / 5. GIRL MONEY / 6. COLD BLOOD / 7. COLD SHOWER / 8. SHE DROPPED ME THE BOMB / 9. BLOW MY FUSE ...

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Show Business (CMC International / 1995) 

1. BALL BABY / 2. 9-1-1 / 3. FIREBALLS / 4. BABY TIME BOMB / 5. BOOK TO HYPNOTIZE / 6. PUT MY MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS / 7. SHE LOVES ME NOT / 8. FIRE BOY ...

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Live (Atlantic Records / 1993) 

1. HOT WIRE / 2. SAME JANE / 3. ROCK AND ROLL OVERDOSE / 4. SEX / 5. THE ITCH / 6. FOR SHAME / 7. TEAR DOWN THE WALLS / 8. BLOW MY FUSE / 9. GIRL MONEY / 10. COLD BLOOD ...

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Hot Wire (Atlantic Records / 1991) 

1. HOT WIRE / 2. GIRL MONEY / 3. LUV-A-HOLIC / 4. TEAR DOWN THE WALLS / 5. BUMP THE LA LA / 6. ROCK AND ROLL OVERDOSE / 7. COLD CHILLS / 8. SAME JANE ...

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Blow My Fuse (Atlantic Records / 1988) 

1. RED LITE, GREEN LITE, TNT / 2. GET IT WHILE IT'S HOT / 3. NO RING AROUND ROSIE / 4. DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES / 5. SHE DROPPED ME THE BOMB / 6. COLD BLOOD / 7. PIECE OF THE PIE ...

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Midnite Dynamite (Atlantic Records / 1985) 

1. MIDNITE DYNAMITE / 2. RED HOT (BLACK AND BLUE) / 3. BANG BANG (BALLS OF FIRE) / 4. LAYIN' RUBBER / 5. WALKIN' AWAY / 6. SCARLET FEVER / 7. CRY BABY / 8. COLD SHOWER ...

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Cool Kids (Atlantic Records / 1983) 

1. BURNING LOVE / 2. COOL KIDS / 3. LOVE POLLUTION / 4. BODY TALK / 5. LOCO-EMOTION / 6. MIGHTY MOUTH / 7. NICE ON ICE / 8. GET YOUR MONKEYS OUT / 9. FOR SHAME / 10. RESTLESS BLOOD

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Kix (Atlantic Records / 1981) 

1. ATOMIC BOMBS / 2. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT / 3. HEARTACHE / 4. POISON / 5. THE ITCH / 6. KIX ARE FOR KIDS / 7. CONTRARY MARY / 8. THE KID / 9. YEAH,YEAH,YEAH

Interviste

Kix: (a)live & kickin’

(02 dicembre 2012) Volete trascorrere una bella serata a base di energetico rock n’ roll, ma le temperature rigide di quello che si annuncia come uno degli inverni più freddi degli ultimi vent’anni (tanto...

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