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1. Kix is an American band, best known for their lively tunes “Don’t Close Your Eyes”, “Blow My Fuse”, and “Cold Blood”. Originally calling themselves “The Shooze” before changing that to “The Generators” (and, for a couple of weeks, “The Baltimore Cocks”) before settling on “Kix”, the Baltimore rock band garnered quite a reputation for themselves as one of Maryland’s most exciting 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 as well as guitarists Ronnie Younkins (nicknamed 10/10) and Brian “Damage” 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’s playlists featured live favorites like “Atomic Bombs”, the glorious “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”, and “The Kid”. To support the release, the quintet set out to hit every club up and down the East Coast. Though often shuffled into the budding scene, they featured more of a brash, heavy sound reminiscent of AC/DC.

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 horrendous video for the song which featured the band commiserating with ladies in full-on workout garb.

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