Mark Schenker explains ‘Blow My Fuse’ album not properly mastered which led to Kix’s ‘Fuse 30 Reblown’
Kix bassist Mark Schenker was recently interviewed by Mick Michaels for The Cosmick View and he spoke about what led Kix to have the album Blow My Fuse remixed, which led to the release of the record Fuse 30 Reblown last year.
Schenker advised: “…it was something I came up with to help enable a sort of victory lap for those guys. They aren’t the type of guys to go around patting themselves on the back or being overly nostalgic about past professional accomplishments. They are very nostalgic about people, situations and anything even remotely funny or crazy but these album anniversaries come and go and they are like “eh yeah that’s cool” but not much more fanfare from the guys. I thought since Fuse was such an important record for them, I wanted to create ways for those guys to pause for a moment and really step back and indulge in their own accomplishment with Fuse. There is definitely a common thread in the band about this not being the best sounding KIX album. It’s ironic that it was the best selling record and not even close to the bands favorite as far as sound and production goes, in fact, it’s far down on the list. So some of my motivation with the Beau Hill remix was to just finally bring that record up to where it should have been and deserves to be sonically.”
In terms of whether the remixes on Fuse 30 Reblown offer something more or different than Blow My Fuse, Schenker opined: “Oh yeah for sure. Fans and band members have always noticed the obvious…that compared to other records of that era, it’s really quiet. It wasn’t mastered properly. In fact, Jimmy and Ronnie have a story; they went up to sort of “supervise” the mastering process and they said the guy who mastered it put the reels on and left the room, didn’t come back one time until the end. Didn’t check shit and was just like ok next! Jimmy and Ronnie have always expressed being mystified by that…the guy clearly did not give a fuck and there wasn’t anything the band could do about it. And of course it wasn’t crystal clear until later…the mastering job wasn’t up to par with the contemporaries at the time until it came out and could be heard side by side with other records. Additionally, with a Beau Hill mix put on this record, the true power of each band members’ performance comes to light. Beau put a hard hitting mix on this thing and it’s quite astonishing.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Mark Schenker at The Cosmick View‘s website.
Kix‘s “Blow My Fuse” video (from album Blow My Fuse):
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