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Don't Close Your Eyes

by

Kix



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"Don't Close Your Eyes" is the biggest single success for the Hagerstown, Maryland glam-rock metal band Kix, from their fourth studio album Blow My Fuse. It also stands today as their sole charting hit, making them a solid one-hit wonder who nevertheless have had a decent career.

This is as soulful and meaningful a song as any hair metal band ever recorded. Not only is it an anti-suicide song with gut-wrenchingly frank lyrics, but it's delivered with tonsil-blistering intensity by the roaring banshee vocals of Steve Whiteman. Seriously, try watching the video and breathing along with Steve. If you can even take a breath that deep, you're not a smoker.
Contemporaries of Kix included the likes of RATT, Poison, Warrant, and Winger. The producer for Kix, Beau Hill, was also producer for three out of four of those and produced for Alice Cooper. This actually explains a lot - did you ever get your '80s hair metal bands confused? Now you know why.
Kix was actually in business for eleven years before this break-out hit. Not only that, but they changed their name a couple of times. Originally they were The Shooze, then The Generators, before becoming Kix - In case you're one of the few for whom the cereal is not more famous than the band, there's a brand of General Mills breakfast cereal named "Kix" whose commercials in the '80s went "kid-tested; mother-approved." Kix was still performing into the '00s.
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