Cool Kids (album)

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Cool Kids
Kix-CoolKids.jpg
Studio album by
Kix
ReleasedMarch 7, 1983
Genre Glam metal, hard rock
Length35:17
Label Atlantic
Producer Peter Solley
Kix chronology
Kix
(1981)
Cool Kids
(1983)
Midnite Dynamite
(1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Cool Kids is the second studio album by the glam metal band Kix. It was released in 1983 on Atlantic Records. It is the only Kix album to feature Brad Divens of Wrathchild America and Souls at Zero on guitar.

Glam metal is a subgenre of heavy metal, which features pop-influenced hooks and guitar riffs, and borrows from the fashion of 1970s glam rock.

Kix (band) American glam metal band

KIX is an American hard rock band that achieved popularity during the 1980s. Led by frontman Steve Whiteman and creative mastermind/bassist Donnie Purnell, the band's classic lineup was rounded out by drummer Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant and guitarists Ronnie "10/10" Younkins and Brian "Damage" Forsythe. As one of Hagerstown's most notable hard rock bands, Kix garnered an early reputation for themselves as one of Maryland's most exciting live bands, covering influences AC/DC, Aerosmith, April Wine, Led Zeppelin and others, prior to signing with Atlantic Records in 1981. Since peaking in the late-1980s, band members have continued to intermittently record and tour, including the Rocklahoma festival in 2008 in Oklahoma and are a consistent presence at the annual M3 Rock Festival in the band's home state of Maryland.

Atlantic Records American record label

Atlantic Recording Corporation is an American record label founded in October 1947 by Ahmet Ertegün and Herb Abramson. Over its first 20 years of operation, Atlantic earned a reputation as one of the most important American labels, specializing in jazz, R&B, and soul by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Ruth Brown and Otis Redding. Its position was greatly improved by its distribution deal with Stax. In 1967, Atlantic became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group, and expanded into rock and pop music with releases by Led Zeppelin and Yes.

Contents

Background

Cool Kids reached position #177 on the Billboard charts. It showcases a slightly more commercial side of the band and started the band's trend of including material written by outside songwriters, which then continued on all of their following studio albums.

The Billboard charts tabulate the relative weekly popularity of songs and albums in the United States and elsewhere. The results are published in Billboard magazine. Billboard biz, the online extension of the Billboard charts, provides additional weekly charts. There are also Year End charts. The charts may be dedicated to specific genre such as R&B, country or rock, or they may cover all genres. The charts can be ranked according to sales, streams or airplay, and for main song charts such as the Hot 100 song chart, all three pools of data are used to compile the charts. For the Billboard 200 album chart, streams and track sales are included in addition to album sales.

"Body Talk" was the first single to be released off of the album and one of the album's three cover songs. First released as "(She Talks) Body Talk" on the 1981 Body Talk Muzik album by Nick Gilder (earlier of "Hot Child in the City" fame), and co-written by Gilder and his longtime musical associate, Jamie Herndon, this song was believed to have been included on Cool Kids to appease the group's label. The band was also urged to shoot a video for the song, which featured the Kix members cavorting with ladies in full-on workout garb.

<i>Body Talk Muzik</i> 1981 studio album by Nick Gilder

Body Talk Muzik by Nick Gilder was released in 1981 on the Casablanca Records label. "She Talks " was also recorded by the band Kix on their second LP, 1983's Cool Kids as simply "Body Talk". A video was produced for the song as well.

Nicholas George "Nick" Gilder is an English-Canadian musician who first came to prominence as the frontman for the glam rock band Sweeney Todd. He later had a successful solo career as a singer/songwriter.

The album also included the Spider cover "Burning Love," co-written by Spider's keyboardist Holly Knight - who later became a member of Device and a hit songwriter (incidentally, sometimes co-writing with Gilder) for artists such as Heart and Cheap Trick - and singer Amanda Blue (later of the group Shanghai), along with the title track "Cool Kids," a cover of a Franne Golde song from her 1980 album Restless, co-written by Golde with producer Peter McIan and Billy Steele [2] .

Spider was an American rock band from New York that formed in 1977 and disbanded in 1984. They released two studio albums through Dreamland Records in the early 1980s, and scored a few moderate hit singles in the United States. Two songs from their 1981 album Between the Lines - "Change" and "Better Be Good to Me" - were hits for John Waite and Tina Turner, respectively. In 1982 they changed the name to Shanghai and released their third and final album.

Holly Knight American singer-songwriter and musician

Holly Knight is an American songwriter, musician and singer. She was a member of the 1980s pop rock groups Spider and Device, and wrote or co-wrote several hit singles for other artists, such as "Rag Doll", "Obsession", "Love Is a Battlefield", "The Best", "Invincible", "Better Be Good To Me", "The Warrior", and "Change".

Device was a short-lived American pop-rock trio, formed by keyboardist, bassist and vocalist Holly Knight, vocalist Paul Engemann and guitarist Gene Black.

Track listing

  1. "Burning Love" (Blue, Knight) – 3:07
  2. "Cool Kids" (Golde, McIan, Steele) – 3:28
  3. "Love Pollution" (Whiteman, Forsythe) – 4:04
  4. "Body Talk" (Gilder, Herndon) – 3:39
  5. "Loco-Emotion" (Purnell) – 3:30
  6. "Mighty Mouth" (Purnell) – 3:43
  7. "Nice on Ice" (Purnell) – 3:25
  8. "Get Your Monkeys Out" (Purnell) – 3:20
  9. "For Shame" (Purnell) – 3:11
  10. "Restless Blood" (Purnell, Whiteman, Forsythe, Chalfant, Divens) – 3:50

Production

Musicians

Steve Whiteman American singer

Steve Whiteman is an American-born rock vocalist, best known for being the lead singer of Kix.

Harmonica free reed wind instrument

The harmonica, also known as a French harp or mouth organ, is a free reed wind instrument used worldwide in many musical genres, notably in blues, American folk music, classical music, jazz, country, rock. There are many types of harmonica, including diatonic, chromatic, tremolo, octave, orchestral, and bass versions. A harmonica is played by using the mouth to direct air into or out of one or more holes along a mouthpiece. Behind each hole is a chamber containing at least one reed. A harmonica reed is a flat elongated spring typically made of brass, stainless steel, or bronze, which is secured at one end over a slot that serves as an airway. When the free end is made to vibrate by the player's air, it alternately blocks and unblocks the airway to produce sound.

Saxophone type of musical instrument of the woodwind family

The saxophone is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet. Although most saxophones are made from brass, they are categorized as woodwind instruments, because sound is produced by an oscillating reed, traditionally made out of woody cane, rather than lips vibrating in a mouthpiece cup as with the brass instrument family. As with the other woodwinds, the pitch of the note being played is controlled by covering holes in the body tube to control the resonant frequency of the air column by changing the effective length of the tube. Rudy Wiedoeft became the best known individual saxophone stylist and virtuoso during this period leading into the "saxophone craze" of the 1920s.

Personnel

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References

  1. Cool Kids at AllMusic
  2. "Franne Golde - Restless". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-11-03.