80's Rock: Enuff Z'Nuff

enuff_znuffEnuff Z'Nuff is an American power pop band from Blue Island, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), founded by Donnie Vie (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Chip Z'nuff (bass, vocals).

Formed in 1984, Enuff Z'Nuff soon grew a live following and recorded their first demo songs, some of which would be officially released only much later in their career. The band's first single, "Fingers On It," received some recognition when it was featured in the 1986 cult movie Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

By 1989, Enuff Z'Nuff had released their first major label offering, a self-titled debut album on Atco Records, with founding members Donnie Vie and Chip Z'Nuff being joined by guitarist Derek Frigo and drummer Vik "Vikki" Foxx. They had two minor hits on this debut recording with the psychedelic-flavored pop rock songs "New Thing" and "Fly High Michelle", which both received steady airplay on MTV. The band's heavy glam rock appearance in their videos was later parodied on MTV's Beavis & Butthead.

enuff_znuff_1For their follow-up album, 1991's Strength, the band tried to tone-down their glam image. It was released in 1991 to strong reviews, including Rolling Stone magazine calling the group "The hot band of the year." There were promotional videos for the singles "Mother's Eyes" and "Baby Loves You," as well as an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. However, this follow-up album did not sell nearly as well as their first.

The band filed bankruptcy and left Atco Records, but soon after this event, the band was picked up by Clive Davis' Arista Records label for their 1993 album Animals With Human Intelligence. This release, much like Strength, received some critical acclaim, but ultimately failed commercially. Before the album's release, drummer Vikki Foxx quit the band to join Vince Neil's solo band. He was replaced by New Jersey resident and former "War & Peace" member Ricky Parent. After Enuff Z'Nuff was dropped from Arista, guitarist Derek Frigo parted ways with the band. Despite these setbacks, the band has continued touring and recording up until the present, releasing albums on several independent labels, and also finding a solid fanbase overseas. The band had also made regular appearances in the mid-1990s and also 2005 on the Howard Stern Radio Show.

Lead singer and songwriter Donnie Vie stopped touring with the group in 2002 to embark upon a solo career. Enuff Z'Nuff continued to tour in his absence as a 3-Piece with their lead guitarist Johnny Monaco also serving as the band's singer. In 2004, former lead guitarist Derek Frigo died from an apparent drug overdose at the age of 37. Another tragedy struck when the band's drummer Ricky Parent lost his long time battle with cancer in October 2007. Parent had been with the band for approximately 13 years.

enuff_znuff_2In 2006, the existing original members, Chip Z'Nuff and Donnie Vie, reconvened to shoot a pilot for the VH1 reality television show, Bands On The Run. The show's pilot episode never aired. However, during that time, the re-united band held their initial recording sessions for their 12th studio album tentatively titled Dissonance. The CD will feature appearances from former Ozzy Osbourne/Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee and original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler. The band is hoping to release it in late 2008.

Recently, bassist Chip Z'Nuff has performed worldwide with the band Adler's Appetite, which features former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, as well as Missing Persons. Former member Vik Foxx is now the drummer for Australian teen pop group The Veronicas. The newly reformed Enuff Z'Nuff has performed at the Rocklahoma Music Festival in Pryor, Oklahoma in July 2008, on the same bill as Poison's Bret Michaels and Skid Row's Sebastian Bach. Since then, other tour dates have been announced.

Courtesy of wikipedia.org and Hair Band Rock - 80's Rock


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