Friday, January 29, 2016

Sweet Lips - XOXO (1990)

Country: France
Year: 1990
Line-up: Andy Chase (vocals), Lee St Amour (guitars), Ed Sinclair (bass), Chris Bumper (drums).

Track listing:
1.  Born to Rock  
2.  Party Bus  
3.  Back to You  
4.  Lady Killer  
5.  One More Man  
6.  I Wish I Was  
7.  Love Me  
8.  The 14th  
9.  Bette Davis Eyes  
10.  Sex Line  
11.  Wings on Fire  
12.  Stranger  
13.  Pretty Smile  

Fletchanator's comment: While France has spawned a good amount of hard rock/AOR bands in recent times, the likes of AOR and Shannon, that country wasn't exactly synonymous with the genre back in the 80s and early 90s. One band that came along during that period was Sweet Lips, who released just this one album before taking their place in obscurity.
Despite being from France, Sweet Lips' sound is definitely LA glam rock, mixing Pretty Boy Floyd-esque rockers with acoustic ballads. Their cover of Kim Carnes' Bette Davis Eyes is pretty good.
The main selling point of this album is its rarity. Getting hold of a copy of the CD is near-on impossible and when a copy does show up on eBay it goes for $100+. Save your money and enjoy it courtesy of House of Hairspray!


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