Show Business (album)

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Show Business
Studio album by
StudioGuido's Studio, Waynesboro, PA
GenreHard rock
LabelCMC International
ProducerDonnie Purnell
Kix chronology
Show Business
Rock Your Face Off

Show Business (stylized as $how Bu$ine$$) is the sixth album by the American hard rock band Kix.[1][2] It was released in 1995 through CMC International, following their departure from Atlantic Records.[3][4] Kix supported the album with a North American tour.[5]

The album was a commercial flop. Show Business was the band's last album before their long-term breakup.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal7/10[8]
Rolling Stone[9]

Rolling Stone wrote that "there remains something oddly lovable about this goofy group of hard-rock power popsters who seem to have been going at it forever with only limited commercial success."[9] The Deseret News deemed the album "light-hearted rock with lots of innuendo but not much substance."[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ball Baby" (Purnell, Bob Halligan Jr., Martin Briley) – 4:46
  2. "9-1-1" (Purnell, John Palumbo) – 4:38
  3. "Fireballs" (Purnell, Halligan Jr.) – 4:08
  4. "Baby Time Bomb" (Purnell, Taylor Rhodes) – 4:22
  5. "Book to Hypnotize" (Purnell) – 4:07
  6. "Put My Money Where Your Mouth Is" (Purnell, Steve Whiteman) – 5:21
  7. "She Loves Me Not" (Purnell, Halligan Jr.) – 7:23
  8. "Fire Boy" (Purnell, Palumbo) – 3:23
  9. "I'm Bombed" (Purnell, Palumbo) – 5:07
  10. "If You Run Around" (Purnell) – 4:23


  • Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone
  • Ronnie "10/10" Younkins – guitars
  • Brian "Damage" Forsythe – guitars
  • Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals, producer, mixing
  • Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals, engineer
Additional musicians
  • Paul Chalfant – viola on "If You Run Around"

Photography: Sean Simmers


  1. ^ "Kix Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Weatherford, Mike (26 May 1995). "KIX, BUT NO RESPECT". Las Vegas Review-Journal. p. 2E.
  3. ^ Phillips, William; Cogan, Brian (March 20, 2009). "Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music". ABC-CLIO – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Stout, Alan K. (September 22, 1995). "KIX IS BACK FOR KICKS". Times Leader.
  5. ^ "CONCERT NEWS TO HUM OVER". Deseret News. May 19, 1995. p. W8.
  6. ^ Prince, Patrick. "KIX to celebrate 'Blow My Fuse' with anniversary edition". Goldmine Magazine: Record Collector & Music Memorabilia.
  7. ^ Guarisco, Donald A. (1995-04-04). "AllMusic review". Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  8. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 231. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  9. ^ a b "KIX: Show Business". News & Record. Rolling Stone. March 24, 1995. p. W9.
  10. ^ Curtis, Larry D. (May 26, 1995). "Bass And Drums A Bit Heavy For Kix's Lightweight Efforts". Deseret News. p. W8.

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