XYZ
XYZ is a hard rock band formed in the late '80s. They were the unofficial house band of The Whiskey in Hollywood, CA.

XYZ XYZ (Axe Killer) 1989

1.   Maggy (4:41)
2.   Inside Out (4:10)
3.   What Keeps Me Loving You (4:43)
4.   Take What You Can (4:28)
5.   Follow the Night (3:25)
6.   Come On N' Love Me (3:49)
7.   Souvenirs (3:56)
8.   Tied Up (4:15)
9.  Nice Day to Die (5:08)
10. After the Rain (2:53)
BONUS TRACK
11.  On The Blue Side of the Night (3:28)


Paint on your best pair of spandex, grab the Aqua Net and make your way down to The Whiskey, it's time for XYZ. Yes, XYZ are pure, Hollywood-strip hard rock. The band is justifiably compared to Dokken. Since Don Dokken himself was brought in to produce, it's no wonder that there are some of those Dokken-esque vocals and riffs. Vocalist Terry Ilous has one of those smooth-as-silk singing voices that works so well with this music. XYZ's 1989 debut is a glossy, well-produced hard rock platter with plenty of meaty songs and, of course, the obligatory ballad, "After the Rain". The album, originally released by Enigma Records, was fairly successful, charting at #99 on the Billboard 200 charts and generating two music videos for "Inside Out" and "What Keeps Me Loving You". Both videos aired on MTV with some success between 1989 and 1990 and helped push both tracks into minor hit status. And why not? Both songs are hooky, heavy hitters that are easily as good as anything else coming out of the City of Angels in 1989. If Dokken themselves had recorded these songs they would have been hits for them. Album opener "Maggy" is a heavy, rocker with a big sing-along hooky chorus. "Souvenirs" is a slightly bluesy number with another infectious, sing-along chorus. Frankly the entire CD is quite hooky and I'm surprised this CD wasn't even more successful than it was. It's a shame that some excellent band were overshadowed in a market that by 1989 was over-saturated by clones of one another. XYZ's debut is easily a good, if not great, LA hard rock album.

The Axe Killer pressing is packaged in a nice digi-book with a 12 page booklet glued into the book. It also features an acoustic bluesy bonus track titled "On the Blue Side of the Night".

Hungry XYZ - Hungry (Capitol) 1991

1.      Face Down in the Gutter  (4:12)
2.      Don't Say No  (4:31)
3.      Fire and Water  (4:13)
4.      When the Night Comes Down (4:57)
5.      Off to the Sun  (5:38)
6.      Feels Good  (4:19)
7.      Shake Down the Walls  (4:34)
8.      When I Find Love  (4:27)
9.      H.H. Boogie  (4:29)
10.     The Sun Also Rises in Hell  (5:17)
11.     A Roll of the Dice  (3:57)
12.     Whiskey on a Heartache  (4:53)

Hungry is the second studio album by Los Angeles hard rockers XYZ.  The songs have a slight bluesy vibe, though for the most part "Hungry" is an album of straight forward, no-frills, hard rock and roll. The band actually wrote some pretty inspired and memorable tracks including "Face Down in the Gutter" and "When the Night Comes Down". The album also includes a smokin' cover of Free's "Fire and Water." I always enjoy covers when a band attempts to make it sound like they could have written the song themselves, and that is exactly what XYZ do here. Terry Ilous has a great, clean voice but he adds just a bit grit and aggression that he gives the band that slightly sleazy sound. A key ingredient in any band of this nature is skilled guitar solos and guitarist Marc Richard Diglio adds plenty of those. Unfortunately for XYZ the production is very polished and makes the album sound a tad more tame than it probably should have sounded. Still, a solid album that came out at the tail end of pop metal's popularity. For fans of Firehouse, Steelheart, White Lion and Warrant.

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