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Artist: Foxx

Title: Gangster of Love

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Foxx Gangster of Love Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1993

Label: AMG Music

Catalog Number: FX011


Marty Smilek bass, backing vocals
Kevin Tipton guitar, backing vocals
George Stallings drums, backing vocals
Rick Bostique lead and backing vocals


1.  Gangster of Love  
2.  Almost There  
3.  Shot of Your Love  
4.  Dont Say Goodbye  
5.  The Heart Is Won  
6.  Fire It Up  
7.  Devils Dance  
8.  I'll Be There in Time  
9.  Roxy  
10.  Heartbeat in a Heart  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: koogles Date: April 15, 2003 at 1:32
A pretty over-rated indie. Paper thin production was all I remembered before I nodded off for the night, disc still spinning hopelessly in my CD player. (Thank god, I wasn't driving.)

From: M. Allen Date: April 18, 2003 at 18:52
Rarer than health food at McDonald's & more sought-after than nude pics of Anna Kournikova, this melodic hard rock indie delivers the goods for fans of that big hooks/big choruses/big vocals combo. Fans of early Bon Jovi will find this CD comes out with all guns blazing, firing off one hook-filled anthem after another. Production may not be big-budget, but is pretty good for an indie. Despite the negative comments above (no offense, guys!), I think most melodic hard rockers will love this one.

From: METAL 4 EVER Date: April 18, 2003 at 23:48
Tim, this is a different band then 'Grande Finale'. Metal 4 Life

From: METAL 4 EVER Date: April 18, 2003 at 23:49
This is one of the best albums I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. 10/10! I love this CD, it's filled with great guitars, outstanding drums, and very catchy hooks. I recommend this CD to anyone and everyone. If you take the straight forward Rock of Roxxi and mix it with the melody and great vocals of Lillian Axe, you will have an idea of what Foxx sounds like. For fans of Tuff, Ram, Theatre, Lancia, and small hints of Concrete Jungle. Metal 4 Life

From: anamal Date: April 19, 2003 at 15:22
i really enjoy this cd and the title track (gangster of love) has a killer melody and kick ass guitar ..these guys fit right in with hotboy and emergency..a kick ass band

From: MButt Date: April 21, 2003 at 16:18
anybody got any info on where this band is from? thanks guys.

From: JLPRocks Date: April 21, 2003 at 22:16
Legend has it that they hailed from the Midwest.....Ohio I presume. Smilek can write a catchy tune if he wants to....

From: Delbert Date: April 22, 2003 at 0:47
I'm told this band originated in St Louis. The CD was consigned to the Streetside Record Chain where I found my very first copy. After playing it, I went back to get some more copies for some friends. Lo and behold.....they weren't there anymore and I was told the band had all the stores send them back because they were going to Japan. Seems like all the good indies were ending up going to Japan about that time (mid 90's). Every now and then, I find one or two copies on my searches in the St Lou

From: TIM Date: May 4, 2003 at 6:29
Man, I just listened to this for the first time and it's excellent. I'll gladly shell out the $150 for it if I have the money at the time. I couldn't believe how good it was. All this time I thought it was the same band as that pos 'The Grande Finale.' I'm glad someone steered me onto the right path. Thanks Brianj.

From: BYRDMAN69 Date: May 15, 2003 at 16:14

From: MButt Date: August 12, 2003 at 23:46
just got this, and I was not disapointed. really good glam/hair metal. worth the search.

From: TIM Date: August 12, 2003 at 23:58
I think 'Fire It Up' is still my favorite tune off this one.

From: SeducedByMetal Date: October 29, 2003 at 9:04
gangster off love is my favourite track on this buety....killer cd...worth shelvin out the big bucks for..thats 4 sure..

From: David Date: November 2, 2003 at 1:35
Can anyone tell me anything about Foxx - The Grand Finale???????

From: Delbert Date: November 2, 2003 at 22:57
First off, David.....Foxx - Grand Finale has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH 'Gangster of Love'. Many many collectors seem to have the impression that these two bands are one and the same and that is the farthest from the truth! There is no comparison. 'he Grand Finale'is, in my opinion, poorly produced, and just awful hard rock sounding. 'Gangster Of Love' is well produced, excellent melodic hard rock with lots of good hooks and songs to keep you interested. There is apparently a market for 'The

From: Delbert Date: November 2, 2003 at 22:58
Grand Finale' because it manages to corral some steep prices when it turns up. However, I think possibly this is due to the confusion we have just discussed here with people thinking this is the same band that did 'Gangster Of Love'.

From: David Date: November 3, 2003 at 0:10
Thanks you Delbert for the info. Just one more question, Did the band Smilek re-record the same songs or are the songs on both cd's exactly the same? Also it's weird that Koogles said that the production was paper-thin?? That was the main reason for me not getting this. Maybe he was referring to the other band??

From: TIM Date: November 3, 2003 at 0:17
Well David, Marty Smilek did lead vocals for Smilek so there is a difference.

From: Allen McKenzie Date: January 24, 2004 at 19:09
I just stumbled onto this site and I'm laughing my ass off! You see, I'm the former bass player for Foxx(the one that recorded 'The Grande Finale') I can't believe that, after disbanding 12 years ago, people are still talking! Anyhow, I agree..after all, it was made on a shoestring budget! These days I'm playing with Firehouse and touring the USA as well as Europe and Japan. Drop me a line through our website at www.firehousemusic.com. Peace, Allen McKenzie

From: aorquest Date: February 3, 2004 at 21:35
This kinda reminds me Bon Jovi in some ways. Track 4 was also done by a group named Smilek. I thought this was pretty good. I was kinda wondering whether this should've been on this site, mainly because of the album's title. I thought it was going to be kinda like one of those rock/rap type things. But, thank goodness it wasn't. I give this a ten.

From: anamal Date: February 3, 2004 at 21:58
Marty Smilek from the band Smilek was the Bass man for Foxx....

From: vandervelde Date: February 19, 2004 at 20:21
great surprise...this is KILLER release...i expected some uninspired sleaze band(you know for example Hollywood Trix or CJ Sleaze) but what i got is beyond me...from first spin you remember all songs,it's great mix between Tuff and Lillian Axe...fave tracks 1,6,11, Good to know that Foxx-Grand Finale is diffrent band i had occasion to buy this for 40E, way too much for mediocre stuff I have Gangster only on cdr but i would love to have this on original...for me 9/10

From: vandervelde Date: February 19, 2004 at 20:26
BTW in ballad I'll Be There In Time singer sounds exactly the same like Jeff Scott Soto don't you think?

From: Geoff Date: February 26, 2005 at 8:55
I believe Smilek released one of the best melodic hard rock albums in recent years. I cannot find a filler track on either that disc or this one; okay, maybe 1, but that's a pretty damn fine effort as far as I'm concerned! The vocalist here sounds so similar to Marty on Smilek's disc that it's hard to note the difference, and obviously with 6 tracks here also on the Smilek disc, if you like that you're love this, as the other 4 tracks are all absolute killers too. Excellent commercial hard rock!

From: z4roxx Date: February 26, 2005 at 18:11
Agree with you,Geoff.One of my fave indies.No fillers just excellent melodick stuff with some killer hooks!Foxx a fantastic melodick surprise to me.I give to them 9/10 surely!"Gangster of love"rule!Strange combination of voices in chorus but awesome result!!!!!

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: July 10, 2006 at 13:18
Good Melodic Hard Rock album, onda Lancia un Hard Rock con sus momentos melodicos por alli algo de Hair Metal tienen su gusto 7.5/10

From: aorteto Date: October 25, 2006 at 15:27
Killer melodic rock CD for fans of INTUITION, FRICTION, DANGER DANGER, BATON ROUGE and the likes. Awesome songs - THE HEART IS WON, I'LL BE THE IN TIME, DON'T SAY GOOD BYE, SHOT OF YOUR LOVE, HEARTBEAT IN A HEART- A must for the lovers of the golden HAIR METAL/MELODIC ROCK 80s era.

From: hernanHRM/AOR Date: December 11, 2008 at 12:05
very low album.. 65/100

From: maulars Date: May 22, 2014 at 20:32
The heart is won is my fave track.

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