"Are you ready to blow my fuse?"
Talk about a powerful sentence. Those seven words pretty much sum up what Kix is all about - and for good reason. Blow My Fuse is Kix's most successful - and thus famous - album to date. The disc spawned several singles, including the album's title track, "Don't Close Your Eyes," "Get It While Its Hot" and "Cold Blood."Quite frankly I don't even need to write much here. If you love Glam, you likely already know the joy that is Blow My Fuse.
1988 was a huge year in music. LA Guns released an album. David Lee Roth released an album. Lita Ford, Iron Maiden, the Scorpions, Queensryche, Poison, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Cinderella, Britny Fox, Winger, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Vixen, the Bulletboys, Quiet Riot, Dokken and Guns n' Roses all released albums. Some of the bands I just listed released their biggest albums in 1988. Poison released Open Up and Say...Ah!!! and Queensryche released Operation: Mindcrime. You know what? Blow My Fuse is just as strong - if not stronger - than those two releases.
I love the deeper cuts on Blow My Fuse. I really believe "No Ring Around Rosie" is one of the best songs Kix ever recorded. That song has it all: great bass line, chorus fade, powerful guitars and - as always - great vocals. Plus, the lyrics are a pun on a nursery rhyme. Everyone knows I love a good literature reference. I found that I listened to "No Ring Around Rosie" 12 times today. Listening to Kix while working makes me feel less violent. Maybe companies should just pipe Kix to employees to enhance productivity and keep the peace?
My husband's favorite Kix song is "Cold Blood." I have to admit I love it as well. The track is just a great hard rocker - the epitome of 1988 Glam. Ok, so the story isn't complicated: the girl is a tease. It's amazing how the simplest of stories can make for great songs. I guess that's been the case since the beginning of recorded music. The video for "Cold Blood" is quite good, too. It's a traditional "concert-party" clip and the heroine is very pretty. Kix always had pretty girls in their videos. Fun fact: I'm fairly certain the pictures guitarist Brian Forsythe has on his Myspace page are from the "Cold Blood" video. Go take a look and add him as a friend. Not that he asked me to drum-up membership or anything. We all just need more friends.
I dare a modern Glam band to move me like Kix. Actually, I'll ramp back the challenge: record a song as good as "Get It While It's Hot" and we'll talk.
Please tell me you already own Blow My Fuse. If not, purchase it now. Here is the video for "Get It While It's Hot:"
Here is the video for "Cold Blood:"