A week of Kix (and friends) picks up steam today as we look back at one of the band's classic albums. Kix released Midnite Dynamite in 1985. The record features many of the band's most famous songs - including my favorite "Cold Shower." To refresh your memory, the track listing:
Red Hot (Black & Blue)
Bang Bang (Balls of Fire)
Lie Like a Rug
A lot of people compare Kix to AC/DC, but I think with Midnite Dynamite, the band sounds a little more like Aerosmith. Maybe it's the blues and the harmonica...or maybe it's just because this album is near perfection from start to finish.
Now, I'm sure you already know "Cold Shower," "Sex," and the album's title track if you stumbled across this website. Do you know the ballad "Walkin' Away?" It has that quintessential 80s movie song feel. I mean, seriously. "Walkin' Away" sounds like it would fit right on the soundtrack of Working Girl. The song is, after all, just that good. To the naysayers, yes "Walkin' Away" sounds more dated than a lot of other Kix tunes. I dare you to write a better song - and I'm pretty sure you can't play the guitar solo, either.
Kip Winger fans already know he helped write "Bang Bang (Balls of Fire)." This song could have been a single - if the record buying public had bothered to pay attention to Midnite Dynamite in the first place. A quick search of the Recording Industry Association of America's(RIAA) online database tells me that Kix only has one platinum record to their credit - for Blow My Fuse. That award distinction was granted in 2000. I would think that Midnite Dynamite would have earned at least gold status by now, but I guess I was wrong.I just told you that "Cold Shower" is my favorite Kix tune - so it stands to reason it's also my favorite track on Midnite Dynamite. The track is a bizarre little ditty with some rock-rap and a cappella moves thrown in for good measure. Plus, the bass is very prominent.
I've only seen Kix in concert twice, but I'll venture out on a limb here and guess that "Sex" has been a live staple since this album was released all those years ago. You know, songs can be good on different levels. Sometimes the track has good writing and less than stellar solos. Sometimes the guitar parts are much stronger than the lyrics, thus allowing the band to hide behind the actual music. "Sex" is a song that translates well, both on recording and live. Obviously by the title, there's no complicated discussion going on here - just a darn good song and brilliant choice to end Midnite Dyanmite.
If you like 70s rock, then you probably like (or will learn to love) "Lie Like a Rug." The song sounds like it was written for an arena performance - and maybe it was! This song is gritty and Midnite Dynamite over all is just more in-your-face than, say, Blow My Fuse. I like my Glam dirty and on the rocks.
You can purchase Midnite Dynamite here.
Here's the video for "Cold Shower:"