This is the final item in the present music theme that's been running for the past few weeks, so thought I'd bring it to a close with a big burst of rock 'n' roll pyrotechnics!The history of Lixx covers most of the 80's, throughout which were many line-up changes - the exception being the band's 2 linchpins - Jo Doll on vocal and Steevo on drums.
They began their glam metal journey as the Dum Dum Boys in 1983, which included a debut gig at the Tayside Bar.
They added a touch of Gothic darkness to their sound in 1984 when they changed their name to Circus Of Hell. One gig at the Bowling Alley saw them play alongside The Glitter Band!
Still in 84, the short dabble into Goth was ditched and they got back on the glam rock trail when they became Lixx, gigging at new venues in town like Fat Sams.
They moved to Edinburgh in 1986, settled for the longer lasting line-up of Jo, Steevo, Stuart on bass and Nazz on guitar and started touring up & down the country in true rock band tradition - yes it was the transit van and service stations life style - with plenty fun and mischief along the way!
This lead to Lixx signing a deal with Fast Forward Records and they released a mini album called "Loose On You" in 1988 - mixed and mastered at Abbey Road Studios no less! Around this time the band's Dundee gigs were at places like, Cafe Rock, Chevvy's and Baxter Park.
They were pretty well known now and were regulars in the music press, including the more specialist mags such as Kerrang and Metal Hammer.
Lixx also had a track showcased on a UK compilation album called "Best Of British Steel".
They changed their sound as they entered the 90's, added Ian on guitar and were transformed into Sons Of The Shaking Earth - taking them to journeys end a couple of years later.
The photos above follow the band's time line -
Top is the Dum Dum Boys at the Tayside Bar - 1983.
Next is Circus Of Hell - 1984.
3rd one is Lixx at the Bowling Alley - mid 80's.
Followed by Lixx at Dundee University - mid 80's.
Then inside Abbey Road Studios with Jo & Steevo - 1988.
Finally, a fine pro shot of Jo Doll in action - 1989.
So, to play us out of September, here is a track from the Lixx album - a song called "Plain Jane".
Big THANKS to Joe Ogilvie and Brian Wilson