Kix – Don’t Close Your Eyes

Kix – Don’t Close Your Eyes

Kix is an American hard rock band that achieved popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Band members have continued to tour, including at the Rocklahoma festival in 2008 in Oklahoma and the M3 Rock Festival in May 2011 in the band’s home state of Maryland.

In 1981, they released their self-titled debut album, Kix, featuring “Atomic Bombs”, “Heartache”, “Contrary Mary”, “The Itch”, and “The Kid”. “Love at First Sight” instantly became a concert favorite. “Kix Are for Kids” creatively merged the name of the band with two popular cereals of the 1960s and 1970s, Kix (that featured an atomic bomb commercial) and the Trix Rabbit (“Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!”). “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” became the band’s most popular concert song, always with a unique ad-lib performance by lead vocalist Steve Whiteman, of Piedmont, WV. With this album, the tongue-in-cheek rock & roll style of Kix was established.

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,” “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 blatantly commercial 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 spawned two singles: “Midnite Dynamite” reached #18, followed by “Cold Shower,” which reached #23, both on the Hot Mainstream Rock chart. Other notable cuts are “Sex” and “Bang Bang (Balls of Fire).”

Kix (band)

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Kix

Kix performing in 2009
Background information
Also known as ⅘ Kix
The Shooze
The Generators
The Baltimore Cocks
Origin Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Genres Glam metal
Hard rock
Heavy metal
Years active 1978–1995
2003–present
Labels Atlantic (1981–1988, 1993)
East West (1991)
CMC International (1995)
Associated acts Funny Money
The Blues Vultures
The Snakehandlers
Rhino Bucket
Jeremy and the Suicides
Deep Six Holiday
Jeremy L. White
Souls at Zero
Wrathchild America
Wrathchild
Website kix-band.com
Members
Steve Whiteman
Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant
Brian “Damage” Forsythe
Ronnie “10/10” Younkins
Mark Schenker
Past members

Kix is an American hard rock/heavy metal band who achieved popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Band members continue to tour, recently appearing at the Rocklahoma festival in 2008 in Oklahoma and the M3 Rock Festival in May 2011 in the band’s home state of Maryland.

 History

 Formation

Kix was started by Ronnie Younkins and songwriter Donnie Purnell in Dec. of 1977 in Hagerstown, Maryland.

 Early years

In 1981, they released their self-titled debut album, Kix, featuring “Atomic Bombs”, “Heartache”, “Contrary Mary”, “The Itch”, and “The Kid”. “Love at First Sight” instantly became a concert favorite. “Kix Are for Kids” creatively merged the name of the band with two popular cereals of the 1960s and 1970s, Kix (that featured an atomic bomb commercial) and the Trix Rabbit (“Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!”). “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” became the band’s most popular concert song, always with a unique ad-lib performance by lead vocalist Steve Whiteman, of Piedmont, WV. With this album, the tongue-in-cheek rock & roll style of Kix was established.

 Commercial success

Kix performing in 1983

In 1982, guitarist Ronnie “10/10” Younkins was fired and replaced by Brad Divens (Souls at Zero/Wrathchild America/Wrathchild),Their 1983 followup, Cool Kids, showcased a markedly more commercial side of the band, featuring the title song, and the single “Body Talk”.
In 1983, having been gone for slightly less than a year, Ronnie “10/10” Younkins returned to Kix, reuniting the “classic” lineup.
Kix then partnered up with RATT, Warrant and Winger producer, Beau Hill, and in 1985, released the album Midnite Dynamite, featuring a hard rock single by the same name and funk rock songs “Cold Shower” and “Sex”. The album also included the song “Bang Bang (Balls of Fire)”, which was co-written by Purnell and Kip Winger. Outside players such as session drummer Anton Fig who played on two tracks,as well as Mike Slamer (Streets/City Boy/Warrant)who receives credit for additional guitars helped redefine the band’s sound. With this new sound Kix would now be at the forefront of the Hair Metal genre alongside contemporaries Warrant,Poison and Winger. Kix went back into the studio to record more of Donny Purnell’s songs. In 1988, they 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 (peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100) and other popular cuts followed. The album featured the popular singles “Cold Blood” and “Blow My Fuse”, along with popular videos showing the band in concert at Hammerjack’s. In 1989, the band released Blow My Fuse: The Videos, with their now-popular videos and behind-the-scenes footage. As Kix finally graduated to arenas, they opened for such popular artists as RATT.
The album Hot Wire arrived in 1991, with the single “Girl Money”. In 1992, guitarist Jimi K. Bones replaced Brian “Damage” Forsythe. While on tour in 1992, they made a live album, titled Live at the University of Maryland, College Park. This album, internally referred to as Contractual Obligation Live, was released in 1993. In 1994 Atlantic dropped the band from that label. In 1995, the band released their final album, Show Business, on CMC International.

 Side projects

In 1996, Steve Whiteman formed a band called Funny Money In 1998, Brian “Damage” Forsythe teamed up with ex-White Sister and Tattoo Rodeo drummer Rich Wright, and erstwhile Rhino Bucket members rhythm guitarist/lead vocalist Georg Dolivo (George Dolivo) and bassist Reeve Downes to forge Deep Six Holiday. Ronnie “10/10” Younkins relocated to Baltimore City, and would be located in rock ‘n’ roll act Jeremy and the Suicides.
In 2001, guitarist Brian “Damage” Forsythe joined Rhino Bucket, being announced as so in early 2002.
Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant joined Funny Money as their drummer in 2003. Ronnie “10/10” Younkins moved to L.A., then wrote, recorded, and released the album The Slimmer Twins: Lack of Luxury, as a collaboration with vocalist Jeremy L. White in 2000. Back on the East Coast, he founded the Blues Vultures in 2002, maturing into the lead vocalist and primary songwriter, and in 2005, released the album The Blues Vultures: Cheap Guitars & Honky Tonk Bars. Brian “Damage” Forsythe Is now with Rhino Bucket, joining the band in 2001. Brian performs lead guitar on Rhino Bucket’s 2005 release And Then It Got Ugly.

Recent events

A new version Kix reformed in late 2003 sans songwriter and band leader Purnell. Kix then lined-up reunion shows for September 2004, the lineup consisting of Steve Whiteman (lead vocals), Ronnie “10/10” Younkins (guitars), Brian “Damage” Forsythe (guitars), Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant (drums, backing vocals), and Funny Money bassist Mark Schenker (bass, backing vocals) in place of Donnie Purnell. .

 Band members

Current members

Whiteman in 2010

  • Steve Whiteman – Lead Vocals (1978–1995, 2003–present)
  • Ronnie “10/10” Younkins – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals(1979–1982, 1983–1995, 2003–present)
  • Brian “Damage” Forsythe – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals(1978–1993, 1994–1995, 2003–present)
  • Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant – Drums (1979–1995, 2003–present)
  • Mark Schenker – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals (2003-present)

 Former members

  • Donnie Purnell –Songwriting, bass, keyboards, backing vocals (1978–1995)
  • Brad Divens – lead guitars, talk box, backing vocals (1982–1983)
  • Pat DeMent – lead guitars (1995)
  • Jimi K. Bones – rhythm guitars (1992)
  • Donnie Spence – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1978–1979)

 Session members

  • Anton Fig – drums, percussion on Midnite Dynamite (1985 — 2 tracks)
  • Mike Slamer – guitars on Midnite Dynamite (1985 — 1 track)
  • John Luce – backing vocals on Midnite Dynamite (1985 — track “Bang Bang (Balls of Fire)”)
  • Paul Chalfant – viola on $how Bu$ine$$ (1995 — multiple tracks)

 Studio albums

  • Kix (1981) in some places 1980
  • Cool Kids (1983) in some places 1982
  • Midnite Dynamite (1985) in some places 1984
  • Blow My Fuse (1988) in some places 1987 (US #46)
  • Hot Wire (1991) (US #67)
  • $how Bu$ine$$ (1995)
  • Let’s Rock (2011)

 Live albums

  • Live (1993) also known as Contractual Obligation Live

 Compilations

  • The Essentials (2002) (12 songs compilation)
  • Thunderground (2004) (80 demo songs compilation)
  • Rhino Hi-Five (2006) (5 songs compilation)

 Guest appearances

  • Monster Metal Power Ballads (2006 — track “Still Loving You” (Scorpions cover), credited as “Still Lovin’ You” by Steve Whitman)
  • Monster Ballads: Platinum Edition (2006, retail version — track “Don’t Close Your Eyes”)
  • Monster Ballads: Platinum Edition (2005, exclusive version — track “Don’t Close Your Eyes”)
  • Leppardmania: A Tribute to Def Leppard (2000 — track “Foolin'” (Def Leppard cover), credited as “Foolin'” by Steve Whiteman)
  • Monster Ballads (1999 — track “Don’t Close Your Eyes”)

 Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
Billboard Hot 100 Mainstream Rock Tracks
1983 “Body Talk” Cool Kids
1985 “Midnite Dynamite” Midnite Dynamite
“Cold Shower”
1989 “Get It While It’s Hot” Blow My Fuse
“Don’t Close Your Eyes” 11 16
“Cold Blood”
“Blow My Fuse”
1991 “Girl Money” 26 Hot Wire

 Videography

 Videos

  • Blow My Fuse: The Videos (1989)
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