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KIX was founded in 1978 in Hagerstown, Maryland as The Shooze, then changed its name to The Generators before eventually settling on KIX. They were considered one of Maryland's top cover bands prior to their signing with Atlantic Records in 1981. Though often lumped in with bands that many consider to be glam metal or hair metal, the bands popmetal stylings on the first KIX record drew inspiration from bubblegum pop and new wave as well as hard rock.
In 1981, they debuted with a self-
Their 1983 follow-
KIX then partnered up with Ratt and future Warrant producer Beau Hill and, in 1985, released the hard rock power house album “Midnite Dynamite,” featuring a hard rock single by the same name and the funkier rock songs “Cold Shower" and "Sex." The music video for “Cold Shower” quickly gained popularity and was put into regular rotation on MTV. The band headed west to continue to make a name for themselves in such places as the Sunset Strip, where Mötley Crüe and other glam metal bands rose to stardom. KIX was quickly becoming a formidable live band like no other.
KIX went back to the studio to write more songs. In 1988, they released “Blow My Fuse,” and finally achieved fame as it went platinum. The slow ballad "Don't Close Your Eyes" -
The album “Hot Wire” finally arrived in 1991 with the single, “Girl Money". While on tour in 1992, they made a live album, titled “KIX Live” recorded at the University of Maryland, College Park. This album was released in 1993 largely as a contractual obligation to Atlantic Records. With the arrival of the Seattle grunge scene, as Whiteman so often says “they were having a party and KIX was no longer elcome...” in 1995, the band released their final album “Show Business,” on CMC records. KIX broke up in 1995, and Hammerjack’s Concert Hall was torn down in June 1996 to make way for a parking lot for the Baltimore Ravens' stadium.
Steve Whiteman would re-
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Then in the summer of 2008 KIX performed outside the mid-
Since then KIX has been performing more and more shows at festivals, casinos and biker rallys across the country, impressing promoters and fellow musicians with their top notch and highly entertaining performances while driving home their status as one of rocks truly legendary live acts. KIX has also been in the top billing the last two years on the wildly popular Monsters of Rock Cruise. KIX has a massive cult following of fans that seem to turn up in big numbers to see them everywhere they play.
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As the demand from the fans for new KIX music has never subsided and in fact has only increased over the last few years, band members have decided that they can no longer ignore the overtures from the fans and are writing new KIX songs for a new album due out on Frontiers Records in 2013.
In April of 2013, KIX has been invited to appear on the 12th season of VH1’s hugely popular That Metal Show television program hosted by Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jameson.
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