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Kix have often been knee-jerkingly dismissed as hair metal, but the truth is that they’re difficult to classify. With giant riffs, chewable choruses, and a penchant for sartorial glam, this Maryland quintet were more like an American version of ’70s-era Status Quo. Their 1981 self-titled debut album draws from power pop (the Knack-like “Heartache”), punk rock (“Yeah, Yeah, Yeah,” which winks at both 999 and The Vibrators), '70s U.K. glitter (“Poison” recalls Slade and The Pink Fairies and was the namesake for the future Sunset Strip chart-toppers), metal (“Kix Are for Kids”), and a mix of the above (“Contrary Mary,” “The Kid,” “Atomic Bombs”). But Kix keep their tongues planted firmly in their cheeks here; spot the subtle musical reference to The Bay City Rollers. You’ll likely never find another hard rock ditty as witty and hooky as the self-evident “The Itch.” Singer Steve Whitman’s winning tenor sounds more suitable for clubs than arenas, and you can bet he had a killer record collection—he might be the only hard rock singer on earth to purposely imitate Richard Hell’s bird-call vocal style (see “Love at First Sight”).

Customer Reviews

Love these guys!

These guys were awesome. I used to follow them around everywhere as a 14 year old. Loved 'em then, love 'em now. Still have all of my autographed vinyl from back in the day!

Kix Rox

I grew up listening to these guys; from near my hometown in PA. But, I had forgotten how awesome their tunes are. Glad to have stumbled onto them again...


Good album, especially love the last song. Very underrated band considering they were one of the first to come out of the big haired 80's pop metal sound. The music on here blends metal, a new wave pop sound that kinda sounds like the Cars, and even touches of punk in some spots. These genres blended together make for an interesting sounding album by a band that would later achieve stardom with a more basic glam metal sound and a hit ballad.


Formed: 1978 in Hagerstown, MD

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Kix have had exactly one hit -- the power ballad "Don't Close Your Eyes," from their 1988 album Blow My Fuse. But to call it a power ballad is to imply that the band was no different from the rest of the hard rock/heavy metal bands debuting in the late '70s and early '80s. The truth is, they were different. Kix was different simply because they were much better -- they had better hooks, they rocked harder, and they could write songs. They were also more clever than the average heavy metal band, yet...
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock, Metal, Hair Metal
  • Released: 1981

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