Kix: Midnite Dynamite

Artist: Kix
Album: Midnite Dynamite
Genre: Hard Rock / Metal
Label: Atlantic Records
Release Date: August 6, 1985

Review:
Today, I’m going way back to 1985 when Kix released their groundbreaking album “Midnite Dynamite”. An album, that I can safely say has no filler and no bad songs anywhere on it. A virtual audio tour of every teenage boys hormonal thoughts about girls, sex and generally living life at a break neck speed. This was the soundtrack to my teenage years. Kix had released two albums prior to this, I noticed, I listened, but I wasn’t overwhelmed. However, with the release of Midnite Dynamite, Kix found what would become their signature sound and in my opinion it’s still the best release of their career. Hell, even the slow ballad like “Walkin’ Away” resonated with me when my girlfriend broke up with me. My favorite tracks on here have to be “Scarlet Fever” “Midnite Dynamite”, “Sex”, “Red Hot (Black & Blue)” and “Bang Bang Balls Of Fire”. I honestly couldn’t even begin to guess at how many times I have listened to this album, but I swear it’s one that gets better with each repeated listen. Steve Whiteman has a unique sounding voice that is easily recognizable and always made Kix stand out from the crowd. The tag team guitars of Ronnie Younkins and Bryan Forsythe are always a pleasure to listen to and bring a bit of AC/DC and Aerosmith mixture that added a lot of flavor to the sound. Jimmy Chalfant, especially on this album, sounded like he was just beating the hell out of his drum kit. That in your face drum back beat helped propel every song like a dragster fresh off the starting line. The chemistry represented here would carry over to their next album, “Blow My Fuse”, which is probably was their most successful album in terms of album sales. Kix made several great albums before breaking up after 1995’s “Show Business”. The band reunited after a long hiatus and released 2014’s “Rock Your Face Off” which recaptured their great sound and stands alongside the other albums as one of their best.

Track Listing:
01.MIDNITE DYNAMITE
02.RED HOT (BLACK & BLUE)
03.BANG BANG (BALLS OF FIRE)
04.LAYIN’ RUBBER
05.WALKIN’ AWAY
06.SCARLET FEVER
07.CRY BABY
08.COLD SHOWER
09.LIE LIKE A RUG
10.SEX

Band Members:
Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone
Ronnie “10/10” Younkins – guitars
Brian “Damage” Forsythe – guitars
Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on “Cold Shower”
Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Kix Official Site

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