8. Kix, 'Blow My Fuse' (1988)
Hagerstown, Maryland hicks obsessed with blowing things up and dirty metaphors thereof, Kix made six joyfully rocking and frequently hilarious pop-metal albums between 1981 and 1994. Thanks largely to the shivery suicide-prevention P.S.A. "Don't Close Your Eyes," an atypical-in-Kix-land power ballad that just missed Billboard's pop Top 10, this is easily the one the most people bought. It's also the one where AC/DC became their primary inspiration (before that, they'd fluctuated just as much between the Who, the Knack and Foreigner), and it's probably their most solid. "Red Lite, Green Lite, TNT" and "She Dropped Me the Bomb" do the explosion dance, as does the title track, where the fuse blown might well be a body part. "Red Lite, Green Lit, TNT" and "No Ring Around Rosie" (note the AC/DC references) are also both inspired by children's games, a bubblegum tradition since the Sixties. C.E.