The chance of Kix recording a new album seems pretty bleak these days. This isn't to say much of the band isn't working on new music. In fact, all members of Kix are involved in active side projects. Today, we'll look at Steve Whiteman's side project Funny Money. The other members of Funny Money are guitarist Rob Galpin, bassist Mark Schenker and drummer Jimmy Chalfant. Mark and Jimmy are both members of Kix as well.
Funny Money has four albums, the most recent is Stick It, released in 2007. In addition to his bass duties, Mark produced and engineered the disc. Beau Hill did the mixing. The album tracks:
By The Balls
Hot On Your Heels
Big Bang Boom
All Tied Up
Slow To Blow
Nowhere At All
Play Me Like A Rhythm
Thousand Thank Yous
Weeds And Roses
I hear "By the Balls" a lot on XM 41 "The Boneyard." In fact, the first time I heard the song I thought it was Kix. To be honest, the entire album sounds like Kix period, but that is to be expected when the singer has such a distinct voice.
There are a lot of great tracks here. Some of my favorites are "All Tied Up," "About Women," and "Big Bang Boom." These tracks in particular feature a nice, crunchy guitar tone. Over all, Stick It has a big sound, fairly close to Hot Wire and Blow My Fuse.
Steve Whiteman's voice is interesting. I'm not really sure how he hits his high notes, but Stick It proves that he still has his talent. There doesn't seem to be any straining here - and you and I both know that some of our favorite Glam artists just don't sound as good as they did back in the day.
"Slow to Blow" is good and bluesy. The track also features one of Steve's signature "talk raps." The other day my husband had an epiphany. He said "You know, every Kix song is about sex." I just snickered and said, "Listen to Funny Money, too!"
The bottom line is that Stick It is just fun, basic rock n' roll. There's a lot of energy here and the album just sounds good. Isn't that all any of us want at the end of the day?
Here's Funny Money performing "By the Balls" live last year.
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