Britny Fox - 1988 - Britny Fox
2. Long Way to Love
3. Kick 'n' Fight
4. Save the Weak
5. Fun in Texas
6. Rock Revolution
7. Don't Hide
8. Gudbye t' Jane (Slade Cover)
9. In America
10. Hold On
Alright, another classic, mildly successful Hair Metal album. This time, I tried to please the Sleazenation-ladies by writing this review about a bunch of typical womanizers; Britny Fox.Because of their ties with fellow-Philadelphia rockers of Cinderella, it’s no surprise these guys shared the same musical influences. Not only the adorable “we are cute” image, but also their music sounds exactly the same as Night Songs and other albums from the multi-platinum sellers.
Anyway, the cool part about Britny Fox is they really were selling big and selling out between the years 1987 and 1992. So, it’s not a band who got fucked because of the changing music scene. But even though Britny Fox was lucky in these hard times for Metal acts, they vanished in 1992 by disbanding.
First of all; some history lessons. Britny Fox was a typical late 80’s glam metal band, formed by vocalist Dizzy Dean Davidson, bass player Billy Childs, drummer Tony Destra and former Cinderella (!) guitarist Michael Kelly Smith (now you know the reason).
Because of their MTV videos “Girl School”, which is still one of my favourite tracks, the sappy power ballad “Save The Weak” and the pretty entertaining “Long Way To Love”, Britny Fox managed to take the Metal scene in the palm of their hands.
They were one of the most successful draws of 1988-1989, selling more than 1 million copies.
When you hear the first note of Dizzy, you’ll probably hear the same kind of voice Tom Keifer has. You’ll get a sore throat by just listing to it. Besides that, the blues-influenced power ballads and typical glam songs will remind you of “Shake me”, “Gypsy Road” and other fantastic Cinderella tracks.
Now, let’s get on with the show.
After a pretty long sample of giggling schoolgirls, hit single “Girl School” kicks off. This is probably one of the best (and most famous) songs of Britny’s repertoire. By hearing this track, I got the same energetic feeling as I experienced with Cinderella’s “Shake me”. I really thought I could get all the girl by listening to that song.
“Long Way To Love” is Britny Fox’ second single. It’s an interesting song, because it truly IS a power ballad. It’s not as heavy as “Girl School”, but it isn’t soft either. On the contrary; it rocks pretty hard! Even I, someone who rather skips power ballads than listens to them, think it’s pretty entertaining.
The typical blues influences can be heard in “Kick N’ Fight”. Pretty good song, nothing memorable though.
“Save The Weak” is sappy as hell. Could have done a great job when I went to high school parties years ago. You know, the shy boy fiasco’s by asking the prettiest girl to a dance…
Dizzy’s voice changes slightly for the couplets of “Fun In Texas”. Nothing to complain about, but it’s doesn’t blow me away either.
A title like “Rock Revolution” sounds pretty cheesy. On the other hand, this track is perfect to get some headbanging action going. Nice riffs and killer vocals, but glamsters; please forget the lyrics.
“Don’t Hide” and the Slade cover “Gudbye T’Jane” are great tracks. It seems that Britny Fox wanted to finish this record strong; Thumps up!
And again, there it is; a typical Cinderella-like track. “In America” has everything to become a major hit and should have been huge in 1988. The chorus sticks in your head for hours; great job.
The final track is called “Hold On”…a title I can’t relate to because of the extreme heaviness of the song! Probably one of the hardest tracks on the entire album! Definitely recommended!
Okay, a short verdict so you glamnatics and sleaze fetishists can start running to the store; Tired of Cinderella but you like their musical style? I say; get this record!
Written by Jesse Gorvette