Two this week from straight ahead rock and roll, and not so much glam. Remember KIX? If you don't remember the name, you may remember Don't Close Your Eyes as the biggest hit off of Blow My Fuse (certified Platinum in case you were wondering....or even if you weren't I guess.) The slow starting ballad eventually comes to a full rocking rip-your-heart out whirl of blazing guitar and heartfelt lyrics. Just the way we like our ballads around here, as far as I'm concerned. I think of KIX as one of those bands that was almost-so close-just there-right on the edge of stardom. This was there biggest hit and will become a sure pick for all of those "Classic Ballads of the Eighties" annoying-ass promotional K-Mart CD's that comes out around this time every year. If you buy those, I'm not slighting you, I have at least eleven or twelve myself and they all have Don't Close Your Eyes by KIX. They never became the Aerosmith that they could have. Hell, they didn't even become Tesla, which happens to be our next band to enter the arena. We've talked alot about Lovesong on this site, and for good reason. I believe, based on how this song is set up and how it still plays even now, that if it was released next week it would be a staple on hard rock/metal/variety radio. Good love songs (even the sappy ones) never get old and this one is timeless in my eyes. It, much like our first song, starts slow but ends in whirling guitar and angst, which is why it is so good. These songs mirror modern day lust/love, and we identify with them. It starts slow, you like him/her...him/her likes you and you begin the whirwind guitar solo of a passionate relationship. Then sometimes you get married and you trade the screeching Stratocaster of lust for Barney jingles and Dora sing-alongs. Of if you are one of our confirmed bachelors, you find a way to awkwardly "f" it up and the shredding Les Paul gets smashed over your head. Turn one (or both) of these two up and grab him/her and try to find that screeching Stratocaster again....Just don't be too loud or the kids might hear.
P.S. I should mention that Don't Close Your Eyes is an anti-suicide song, so I hope none of you took that route while reading me ramble on. Adios Angels!