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Artist: Kix

Title: Hot Wire

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Kix Hot Wire Album Cover

 

Category: Glam

Year: 1991

Label: eastwest records

Catalog Number: A2 91714

Personnel

Steve Whiteman lead vocals and harp
Brian Forsythe guitars
Ronnie Younkins guitars
Donnie Purnell bass, keyboards, and background vocals
Jimmy Chalfant drums and background vocals

Tracks

1.  Hot Wire  
2.  Girl Money  
3.  Luv-a-holic  
4.  Tear Down the Walls  
5.  Bump the La La  
6.  Rock and Roll Overdose  
7.  Cold Chills  
8.  Same Jane  
9.  Pants on Fire (Liar, Liar)  
10.  Hee Bee Jee Bee Crush  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Paulo Fernandes Date: June 21, 2001 at 15:49
Have a listen to the track Same Jane and you'll agree with me, its a sure buy paulo_fernandes@clix.pt

From: David Date: July 24, 2001 at 14:26
What a band!!, one of the best albums ever by one of the best bands ever. Check out the song BUMP THE LA LA!

From: Curious B Date: February 1, 2002 at 8:10
I didn't like this CD when it first came out. The more I listened the more ashamed of myself I became. The first 8 songs are full of melody and in in-your-face Rock n' Roll. I would love to see a KIX reunion. If you've never seen them live, you missed out on one of the best performances of a band. Recommended to buy!!

From: dokken6008 Date: March 17, 2002 at 4:51
David, I am totally with you--I couldn't have said it much better. This is one of my favorite albums of all-time and the title-track "Hot Wire" is one of my favorite rockers of all time. The talent that Kix exuberated on this record is fantastic. The same goes for the production--Taylor Rhodes was an excellent co-writer AND producer. And I could not leave without saying--Kix come back!! We need you! With their straight-ahead AC/DC hard rock influence & talent, Kix could rock like no other.

From: Mike Date: May 14, 2002 at 21:44
I've always been a great AC/DC fan, and so I wanted to find any other band playin' more or less a similar style. I discovered Kix just a year ago, but I now own their complete discography. When I first heard "Hot Wire", it just blew me away! This is THE hard rock'n'roll album of the '90s, songs like the title track, "Bump The La La", "Luv-A-Holic", "R'n'R Overdose" and "Pants On Fire" are true killers. Too bad they split up some year later... Don't miss this cd!

From: Desslar Date: May 16, 2002 at 3:32
Another great album from Maryland's finest. I never really thought they sounded that much like AC/DC, but it's great sleazy hard rock all the same. You gotta love Steve's vocals. The last two tracks are a bit weak though.

From: RichieRocker Date: June 1, 2002 at 12:15
Bump The LALA is awesome, Liar, Liar, Hot wire, etc all songs on this album kick ass. I like Blow my Fuse a little bit more, but this album is definatly a must have for any rock fan. And also if you like this album, you would also like Show Business from 1995, It sounds very similar to this album, and Kix never sold out their fans so dont worry about it sounding grunge, it rocks!!

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: July 27, 2002 at 22:51
This is a pretty good album by KIX. I like "Same Jane" and "Tear Down The Walls." Some songs on here remind me of old KIX albums. Songs like "Bump The La La" and "Hee Bee Jee Bee Crush." This album came out in 1991 and that year was about the last chance any rock band had of selling an album. After that rock music couldn't be about having fun anymore. It was all about hating yourself. Thanks alot Nervana!............................. Assholes!!

From: Baris Date: September 11, 2002 at 6:11
This is a perfect continuation of "Blow My Fuse". One more SUPER record. The songs extremely fit live performances. KIX made excellent party-rock, great fun to listen. But be sure that personal talents of the band members were even beyond. In my opinion, KIX should also release more albums in the latter half of 1990s. Because they had a group of fan of their own who can easily stand against grunge domination. I remember "Cold Chills" from Wayne's World, a sweet memory...

From: The Fizzy One Date: September 15, 2002 at 1:47
If I were to arrange all the Kix albums from favorite to least favorite, this would probably come in third, behind Midnite Dynamite and Blow My Fuse. A good album to be sure, but it seems that some of the songs ("Rock 'n' Roll Overdose," "Cold Chills") don't quite stick as well as those on the previous two albums. Still a great album and to their credit, once they found their sound, they didn't stray from it. One interesting thing: why doesn't "Girl Money" end like it does in the video, with the

From: dokken6008 Date: October 3, 2002 at 8:19
Fizzy One-- I'm a little surprised at you. What about the title-track on 'Hot Wire', man? This album is killer from beginning to end. And Werman's production could have used a good deal of spiffing up on 'Blow My Fuse'--he robbed Kix's sound of the raw-energy they have. Check out Taylor Rhodes' perfect sound production and mix on 'Hot Wire', on the other hand. Kix peaked in '91. Yeah, "Don't Close Your Eyes" has more staying power than "Tear Down..", but 'Hot Wire' Is where its at.

From: dokken6008 Date: October 3, 2002 at 8:21
(note to any of you in case you were wondering--I used to be at frazmtn.com but now I'm on AOL. It's ME, damn it!)

From: Fizz Date: October 3, 2002 at 10:14
Dokken, I agree with you that the guitars sound fuller on Hot Wire than the rather scrappy sound on BMF. I think I mentioned "Hot Wire," sometime after the 500th character, as that was one of my first posts on this here site. the Fizz Picks: "Hot Wire," "Girl Money," "Tear Down the Walls," "Bump the La La," and "Same Jane."

From: dokken6008 Date: November 11, 2002 at 3:59
Fizz, you're right, man. Ronnie's Les Paul really blazes on 'Hot Wire'. GOD DAMN! I still can't get over how fuckin' much I love the title-track or how much credit I owe THIS one album for really getting me into hard rock. Def Leppard and Poison brought me into the whole pop-metal/glam genre along with Danger Danger, but it wasn't until I had listened to Kix's live album and 'Hot Wire' to realise how awesome this shit is. I can never thank Kix enough.

From: iaffprofireman Date: November 23, 2002 at 20:33
The guitar work is fabulous, very melodic, crisp and clean. Recomend buying this one.

From: ThunderDan Date: January 22, 2003 at 3:14
Great album! It rocks hard! Good memory from this album: getting to see the band play live when I least expected it. Bad memory: playing 'Tear Down The Walls' after an ex broke up w/ me 2 years after the album's release. The damn song still sends chills down my spine, but I've always loved it.

From: Gar Date: February 24, 2003 at 22:08
I think "Tear Down the Walls" was an even better ballad than "Don't Close Your Eyes". When I first heard "Tear Down..." on the radio I was only a casual Kix fan at the time, but I liked the song so much I raced out and bought the album. HOT WIRE is such a strong album that I wound up buying the entire Kix collection because of it.

From: Metalhead Date: March 7, 2003 at 15:01
With Hot Wire, Kix firmly established itself as one of THE best hard rock band that reigned in the 80s. The band has found the secret of writing and playing great rock & roll songs that many of their peers don't know of. It is just the steady, heavy-as-a-rock rhythm coupled with great energy.

From: WidoMakr Date: March 8, 2003 at 11:52
MetalHead...to each his own..that you like Kix is enough for me..BUT IMO Midnite Dynamite WAS the album for KIX...the title track alone was/is still a KILLER tune..Walkin Away...an eerie GREAT sounding tune..IMO this album is where they really made a name for themselves...Blow My Fuse also was very good...a little more poppy sounding but good...sad but when I saw them on tour for Blow My Fuse they didnt do either tune...nevertheless a great band...Quote the WidoMakr....never more

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: March 8, 2003 at 17:36
I have 'Midnite Dynamite' on vinyl and it's a good album, but I think that 'Blow My Fuse' was their "break-through" album. IMO, it's their best and one of the best albums from the late '80's.

From: Metal Pete Date: January 2, 2004 at 13:28
The third in a fine series of hard releases from this band. Foot-stomping, air-guitaring bliss. I really like it, it should have done better but the scene was changing (and record companies didn't help our metal heroes!). Another nod for 'Bump the La-la', and 'heebee jeebee crush', as well as 'liar, liar'. Good stuff!

From: love metal Date: January 22, 2004 at 14:36
all i got to say is ROCK FN ROLL

From: Ric Date: January 23, 2004 at 14:39
Great C.D....I'm listening to it right now,buy it when U get the chance!!

From: Metal Jay Date: July 31, 2004 at 23:33
Pretty solid effort.

From: Jimbo Date: August 28, 2004 at 18:09
The band plays to its strengths on this one--tight arrangements, good vocals, catchy choruses... All in all a really good party album. Personal faves are Cold Chills, Same Jane and Pants on Fire (Liar Liar). As an aside, the band also laughs off any AC/DC comparisons with a nod to Bon Scott's vocal "stylings" on Girl Money. A good addition to any hard rock library.

From: Geoff Date: August 29, 2004 at 20:26
I love 'Girl money' - great catchy melodic hard rock song, and the ballad 'Tear down the walls' is the other highlight for me. Aside from that, this is good solid hard rock.

From: Axe Machine Date: October 6, 2004 at 11:26
From the look of the cover i thought this was gonna be a classic. Instead they are trashy songs with no melody. Maybe I'm wrong but this didnt do anything for me except make me turn it off. Spend your money somewhere else...

From: abbyriley Date: October 31, 2004 at 20:02
Same Jane---AWESOME!!!

From: ThunderDan Date: December 31, 2004 at 13:58
Saw Kix live in support of this gem. The show rocked, although not very well lit (get this, I saw them play at an amumement park in Western MA). Bump the la-la, Girl Money and Tear Down The Walls are my faves. The rest isn't too bad either.

From: Nick C Date: March 8, 2005 at 17:42
This was for me their best album I guess!! I dunno It's hard to pick a fave Kix album. All the songs are just so catchy yet rock! There always seems so much happening on Kix releases great backing choruses/chants..great guitar riffs...superb singer/frontman .. killer songs the band had it all for this kind of genre and yet kinda got overlooked then grunge raised it's cynical dull head and the record labels went out signing every miserable tosser they could find and cool bands got dropped!

From: Midnite Dynamite Date: November 6, 2006 at 17:07
Almost perfection from Kix! A little bit more fluid than "Blow My Fuse", and a true classic. Take a bit AC/DC, Junkyard, GNR, Great White and you have Kix, but they are still original in some way. A truly classic band, and I worship the ground they walk(ed) upon. You'll NEVER do a wrong purchase with this cd. Few bands have made 4 albums in a row, that were classics, not even Mötley Crüe have mastered that (but love'em tooo)...

From: Midnite Dynamite Date: November 6, 2006 at 17:15
Almost perfection from Kix! A little bit more fluid than "Blow My Fuse", and a true classic. Take a bit AC/DC, Junkyard, GNR, Great White and you have Kix, but they are still original in some way. A truly classic band, and I worship the ground they walk(ed) upon. You'll NEVER do a wrong purchase with this cd. Few bands have made 4 albums in a row, that were classics, not even Mötley Crüe have mastered that (but love'em tooo)...

From: SleazeBall 88 Date: January 17, 2007 at 21:57
This album is so unbelievably underrated its unbelievable! This is Kix's best album BY FAR. Pretty mch every song is good with very little filler. If you want to get an album by Kix, Hot Wire is the one to get!!!

From: rockhardrock Date: March 26, 2007 at 16:32
Why wasnt that album so succesful as their previous,or was blow my fuse so famous just becouse of the awsome ballad "dont close your eyes"? That one sure kix ass!!!Their influnce was AC/DC-sorry to say that but the rezors edge which was released a year before just cant stand next to that one."girl money"and"same jane" are true gems of hard rock history. "Rock and Roll Overdose"sends you to hell."lov-a-holic"is for all of you who loves to get drunk to death."hot wire" is another classic.

From: Rambo Rockerman Date: January 20, 2008 at 11:35
This is another awesome band and CD,why Poison be big and this band not.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: August 26, 2008 at 18:58
Third great album in a row from the Dirty Boys, pretty much picking up where Blow My Fuse left off. It's also probably their most polished as far as the production goes. Hooks and singalong choruses everywhere, and as high-spirited as ever. My favorites: "Hot Wire," "Girl Money," "Tear Down The Walls" and "Same Jane." They're all good songs, really.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: August 26, 2008 at 18:58
Third great album in a row from the Dirty Boys, pretty much picking up where Blow My Fuse left off. It's also probably their most polished as far as the production goes. Hooks and singalong choruses everywhere, and as high-spirited as ever. My favorites: "Hot Wire," "Girl Money," "Tear Down The Walls" and "Same Jane." They're all good songs, really.

From: rockhardrock Date: April 16, 2009 at 17:49
sometimes my favourite kix album is hot wire and some other time blow my fuse.nevertheless this album rocks-it kicks!!! Steve's voice is superb. if someone says they are ac/dc clone band,he/she lie. they are't clones, they are kix. I would be very happy if i could see them live on stage in Europe. my favs: Hot Wire, Girl Money, Luv-a-holic, Rock and Roll Overdose (the best here) and Same Jane

From: Put-Put Date: August 12, 2009 at 2:22
Kix your Ass without a Doub the best KIX Record ever

From: the rocker Date: November 30, 2010 at 9:32
Tear down the walls is one of the best power ballads ever!!!

From: metalmaniac777 Date: January 13, 2011 at 15:01
This CD kicks all kinds of rock n' roll ass. Every song is packed to the bursting point with red-hot hooks, pedal-to-the-metal energy, choruses that are catchier than an STD at a Bangkok gangbang, and all the gang backing vocals you would expect from a party-hearty hard rock album. Kix came wired for sound on this CD, and that sound is sensational.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 21, 2011 at 20:26
Agree with metalmaniac777 and all the good comments above...specially the songs "Same Jane","Pants On Fire(Liar Liar)" & "Hee Bee Jee Bee Crush"..."Tear Down The Walls" also a nice one...get this a.s.a.p.!!!.94/100

From: the rocker Date: December 6, 2011 at 22:26
Good cd. Tear down the walls is one of the best ballads ever! I still love Blow my fuse 10x more than this, but like I said tear down the walls alone is worth having this in your collection.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 28, 2016 at 0:12
Lurking out there in the dark corners of cyberspace, you can find a set of demos from the Hot Wire sessions. THey include the ten songs that eventually made it on the album in essentially the same shape as the album, but obviously with a rough, raw (but extremely listenable) sound that makes most songs heavier, thanks in part to an almost Queensryche-like bass tone from Donnie Purnell--I mean this is serious rumbling. But of most interest to the Kix superfans like me are the ten non-album songs also in the set. These include several that would go on to make Funny Money records in the future ("Can't Take The Heat," "Good Boy Gone Bad," "Bad Luck," "Dry Eyes Cry") and "Fireballs" which wound up on Show BUsiness. And then there are five songs that never made any records: "Animal Crackers," "Cta 'n' Dogs," "Circles Of Love," "Fire Engine" (which also appears on a similar demo collection from the Blow My Fuse period as well as some live bootlegs) and 'Stone's Throw Away."

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 28, 2016 at 0:15
Having said all that, and much as I love the finished product, I have to wonder if they realy thought some lesser songs like 'Pants On Fire" and"Hee Bee jee Bee Crush" were really the pick of the litter. Because I think if some of this unused material had made the album, we might have us a 90+ rating. Whiteman has made it well-known that Purnell didn't want to use the other guys' songs, so that might be part of the reason. But listening back to some of this stuff, I'm left to wonder what could have been.


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