Kix (band)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kix
KixBaltimore2009.jpg
Kix performing in 2009
Background information
Also known as The Shooze (1977-1979)
The Generators (1980)
The Baltimore Cocks[1]
Origin Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Genres Glam metal, hard rock
Years active 1977–1996, 2003–present
Labels Atlantic, East West, CMC International
Associated acts Funny Money
The Blues Vultures
The Snakehandlers
Rhino Bucket (Deep Six Holiday)
Jeremy and the Suicides
Jeremy L. White
Souls at Zero
Wrathchild America
Silent Old Mtns
Website kix-band.com
Members Steve Whiteman
Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant
Brian "Damage" Forsythe
Ronnie "10/10" Younkins
Mark Schenker
Past members See: Former members

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.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

Kix was formed by Ronnie Younkins, Brian Forsythe and Donnie Purnell in December 1977 in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Early years[edit]

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.[2] "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)."

Commercial success[edit]

Kix performing in 1983

In 1988, Kix went back into the studio to record more of Donnie Purnell's songs. Later that year they released Blow My Fuse, and finally achieved fame as it went platinum. The power ballad "Don't Close Your Eyes"—containing anti-suicide lyrics—led the way (peaking at No. 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[edit]

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[edit]

A new version Kix reformed in late 2003 sans songwriter and band leader Purnell. Kix then lined-up 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.

On August 7, 2012, Frontiers Records announced that it had signed Kix; the band subsequently released a live CD/DVD, titled Live in Baltimore, in September, with a new studio album to follow in 2013.[3]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Whiteman in 2010
  • Brian "Damage" Forsythe – guitar (1977–1993, 2003–present)
  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, percussion (1978–1996, 2003–present)
  • Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant – drums, percussion, effects, backing vocals (1979–1996, 2003–present)
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins – guitar (1977–1982, 1983–1996, 2003–present)
  • Mark Schenker – bass, backing vocals (2003–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals (1977–1996)
  • Donnie Spence – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1978–1979)
  • Brad Divens – guitar, talk box, backing vocals (1983–1983)
  • Jimi K. Bones – guitar (1989, 1993–1994)
  • Pat DeMent – guitar (1995)

Session members[edit]

Lineups[edit]

(1977)
The Shooze
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins – guitars
  • Brian "Damage" Forsythe – guitars
  • Donnie Purnell – bass
(1978)
The Shooze
  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone, percussion
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins – guitars
  • Brian "Damage" Forsythe – guitars, guitar synthesizer
  • Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Donnie Spence – drums, percussion, backing vocals
(1978–1979)
The Shooze
  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone, percussion
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins – guitars
  • Brian "Damage" Forsythe – guitars, guitar synthesizer
  • Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Donnie Spence – drums, percussion, backing vocals
(1979)
The Shooze
  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone, percussion
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins – guitars
  • Brian "Damage" Forsythe – guitars, guitar synthesizer
  • Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals
(1980)
The Generators
  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone, percussion
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins – guitars, talk box, backing vocals
  • Brian "Damage" Forsythe – guitars, guitar synthesizer
  • Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals
(1980–1982)
Kix
  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone, percussion
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins – guitars, talk box, backing vocals
  • Brian "Damage" Forsythe – guitars, guitar synthesizer
  • Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals
(1982–1983)
Kix
  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone, percussion
  • Brad Divens – guitars, talk box, backing vocals
  • Brian "Damage" Forsythe – guitars, guitar synthesizer
  • Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals
(1983–1988)
Kix
  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone, percussion
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins – guitars, talk box, backing vocals
  • Brian "Damage" Forsythe – guitars, guitar synthesizer
  • Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals
(1988–1992)
Kix
  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone, percussion
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins
  • Brian "Damage" Forsythe – guitars, guitar synthesizer
  • Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Jimi K. Bones – guitars
(1992–1993)
Kix
  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone, percussion
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins – guitars, talk box, backing vocals
  • Brian "Damage" Forsythe – guitars, guitar synthesizer
  • Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals
(1993–1994)
Kix
  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone, percussion
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins – guitars, talk box, backing vocals
  • Jimi K. Bones - Guitars
  • Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals
(1994–1995)
Kix
  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone, percussion
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins – guitars, talk box, backing vocals
  • Jimi K. Bones - Guitars
  • Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals
(1995)
Kix
  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone, percussion
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins – guitars, talk box, backing vocals
  • Andrew "Danger" Johnson – guitars
  • Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals
(1995–2003)

(Kix disbanded)

(2003–2004)
Kix
  • Steve Whiteman
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins
  • Brian "Damage" Forsythe
  • Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant
  • Mark Schenker
(2004–present)
Kix
  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone, percussion
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins – guitars, talk box, backing vocals
  • Brian "Damage" Forsythe – guitars
  • Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Mark Schenker – bass, backing vocals

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album US Top 200 Certification
1981 Kix
1983 Cool Kids 177
1985 Midnite Dynamite
1988 Blow My Fuse 46 US: Platinum
1991 Hot Wire 64 US: 200,000+
1995 $how Bu$ine$$
2014 TBA -

Live albums[edit]

  • Live (1993) also known as Contractual Obligation Live
  • Live in Baltimore (2012)CD/DVD retail packaging (also available for download at Amazon or iTunes with bonus tracks)

Compilations[edit]

  • The Essentials (2002) (12 songs compilation)
  • Thunderground (2004) (15 demo songs unofficial compilation-bootleg)
  • Rhino Hi-Five (2006) (5 songs compilation)

Guest appearances[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
US Rock
1983 "Body Talk" 104 32 Cool Kids
1985 "Midnite Dynamite" - 18 Midnite Dynamite
"Cold Shower" - 23
1989 "Get It While It's Hot" - 9 Blow My Fuse
"Don't Close Your Eyes" 11 16
"Cold Blood"
"Blow My Fuse" - 13
1991 "Girl Money" 26 Hot Wire

Videography[edit]

Videos[edit]

  • Blow My Fuse: The Videos (1989)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kix". Big Time Entertainment. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Revived hard rock band Kix playing area show". The New Item. March 29, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ "KIX Signs With FRONTIERS RECORDS For Live DVD, Upcoming Studio Album". Blabbermouth.net. August 7, 2012. Archived from the original on December 30, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 

External links[edit]