can capture an audience the way that Enuff Z'nuff does. All it usually
takes is exposure to this Chicago foursome to win over new fans. But the
road for them has been rough, dogged by little radio airplay and record
label complications, Enuff Z'nuff has been forced to fight an uphill battle.
While most other bands would have thrown in the towel years ago,
Enuff Z'nuff keep marching on despite the draw backs. The bottom line for
this band is that they are in it for the love of music, and it shows.
bit of record company marketing and recognized the musical genius of the
band. With their second album, Strength, the band played down their image
and produced one of the best albums of the 90's. Filled with rich harmonies,
Z'nuff gained national exposure in 1989 with two successful videos on MTV.
However because of those videos the band suffered image problems. The video
for their rocker "New Thing" portrayed the band in makeup, and they have
had a hard time shaking the glam label ever since. Critics however saw
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The only problem with Strength was the band (due to no actions on their
part) got caught between two battling executives at their record label.
A high level executive had it out for the man who signed Enuff Z'nuff .
As a result Enuff Z'nuff saw all record company support evaporate.
They became pawns in a high level ego-fest which led to the two singles
from the album receiving sparse MTV airplay, and with no independent promotion
behind the songs radio just ignored the band.
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rhythms, not to forget lead vocalist Donnie Vie's emotional vocals. Enuff
Z'nuff's sound transcends any genre label. They are just as happy
rockin, playing a heart felt ballad, or groovin to the blues. Strength
proved to the world that Enuff Z'nuff had substance, and in fact they are
among the premier musicians of this
Strength the band decided to leave ATCO records to sign with Clive Davis
and Arista records in 1993. Their third album Animals with Human Intelligence
broadened the Enuff Z'nuff sound even more. However, personnel problems
awaited the band after its completion. Drummer Vicki Fox decided to leave
the band to join Vince Neil's solo project, so it was with a bit of irony
that Enuff Z'nuff snagged the drummer who had been laying down demos with
Vince Neil, Ricky Parent.
this time Nirvana exploded onto the scene. Arista having little experience
promoting rock acts
expected Arista's support for the band faltered.
the mistake of releasing the power ballad "Right by Your Side" as the first
single. It proved to be a fatal mistake, although a couple of years before
it could have been a smash hit, at that point radio and the record buying
public weren't interested in ballads, they wanted songs like "smells like
teen spirit". So when the single didn't do as
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up with the major label hassles the band took their chances by leaving
the majors and trying their
Jon Monaco. He had been playing around the Chicago area with his band "pinch"
when he was "propositioned" to fill in for Geno. Jon proved such a good
fit with the band he has been their lead guitarist since he signed on to
fill in back in 1996.
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with the Independents. More line-up changes were to come. Lead guitarist
Derek Frigo left the band at this point and was replaced for a short time
by Geno Martino (the bands original guitarist from 1985.) Geno quickly
tired of the rigors of the road and returned home to run his music shop.
the independent labels were just what the doctor ordered, Enuff Z'nuff
was free to do what they do best, produce excellent music. They produced
two stellar studio albums from 1994 and 1997 with Tweaked and Seven. They
also gave their army of fans two albums featuring music from the bands
early days. But without the major bucks of the major label the band had
a hard time penetrating radio.
1998 things started rolling for Enuff Z'nuff. First they went on
their first tour of Japan. The tour was a major success and helped push
the bands 9th release Paraphernalia into the Japanese top 20.
is one the band strongest albums to date, most bands by the time they reach
their 9th release start to sound redundant, not Enuff Z'nuff. Aided by
fellow Chicago musicians Billy Corgan, James Young, and Rick Nielsen the
band created an album that shows the best sides of Enuff Z'nuff. The album
features some of their heaviest songs to date like "Freak" and "Ain't it
Funny", but it also shows their smooth pop sensibility with tracks like
"habit" and "all alone". The keystone of the Enuff Z'nuff sound appears
on their two piano balled "Loser of the World" and "Someday". It
is this diversity that makes the album so exciting. The album could realistically
capture attention in several different genre markets to give the band the
exposure they deserve.
the band knew they had a gem with Paraphernalia, they held out on releasing
it in the US on Mayhem Records. Past experience with Mayhem had proved
frustrating to the band, with lukewarm promotion the two previous studio
albums released on the label, though loved by fans, failed to become hits
with the general public. In walks Spitfire Records who is a start up label
that is making waves in the industry by signing away top talent from other
labels that aren't getting the promotion they deserve. Paraphernalia will
be the first release from this new label, and their are high hopes for
its success. God knows the music is up to the challenge, but in the modern
music industry quality music has little to do with success, luck plays
a bigger part in the big picture. Enuff Z'nuff has had Enuff bad luck and
it is time for their luck to change. They have hung in this long doing
what they love, making great music. There is no question that they have
paid their dues. If any band deserves success it is Enuff Z'nuff. We joke
and call them the best band you are not hearing, but on a serious note
hopefully all of that is about to change.
it's about time!
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could talk all day long about how great this band is, but hearing is believing.
So here is
a promotional video for Paraphernalia we put together. It features
Chip Z'nuff telling us a little about Paraphernalia. It also has sound
clips from the album so you can hear for yourself why this band is one
of the best of this generation.
of the bands videos are also available in streaming Real Video at the Enuff
and live Real Audio and Videos are also available at Peachfuzz
the unauthorized Enuff Z'nuff fan site
Here for Q & A with Chip Z'nuff
Chip | Donnie
| Ricky | Monaco
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Enuff Z'nuff interviews, articles, videos, and sound clips.
Official Home Page of Enuff Z'nuff for rumors and true facts, photo gallery
and listings of rare and hard to find items.
Enuff Z'nuff World Wide Fan Club for the latest and greatest on the band.
Z'nuff Peace Patrol Japan to view the band from a Japanese Perspective
Live photos by Tim Geisheimer.
Still Photos and cover artwork courtesy of Spitfire Records. Photos used
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