XYZ is a hard rock band, formed in the late 1980s. XYZ started off as the unofficial house band of "The Whiskey", a nightclub in Los Angeles.XYZ is the 1989 self-titled debut album.
XYZ were an impressive hook-laden power metal band. They were considered the unofficial house band of the Los Angeles nightclub The Whiskey in the mid 80's, but major success eluded them.
XYZ began in Los Angeles, California, with members Terry Ilous (vocals), Bobby Pieper (guitar), Patt Fontaine (bass) and Joey Pafumi (drums). An early development deal with Atlantic records led to the recording of their debut album which quickly got shelved - and wouldn't see the light of day until Rainy Days was released in 2005. After that false start Ilous and Fontaine regrouped with new members Marc Diglio (guitar) and Paul Monroe (drums). Don Dokken produced the debut that included the killer single "Inside Out," but unfortunately few people seemed interested.
XYZ is the 1989 self-titled debut album released by the mid-1980s American glam metal band XYZ. There were two hits off the album; "Inside Out" and "What Keeps Me Loving You". The album was a moderate success, charting at No. 99 on the Billboard 200. There were two music videos made for the songs "Inside Out" and "What Keeps Me Loving You" which both aired on MTV between 1989 and 1990.
XYZ have returned with another killer release, too bad it was recorded under such tragic circumstances. Vocalist Terry Ilous wrote and dedicated this album to his son, who unfortunately passed away late last year. Ilous and drummer Paul Monroe are the only remaining members from the band’s original heyday, but Mark Diglio co-wrote several songs so there is no mistaking that this is an XYZ disc–and what a disc it is! The beauty of "Letter To God" is the fact that it contains something for everybody–80’s sounding rockers, an updated XYZ sound, heartfelt ballads and even reworking of two classic tunes.
Hungry is the second studio album recorded by the metal band XYZ.After achieving recognition with their Don Dokken-produced debut, and resolving that Hungry be a departure from Dokken's shadow, the album does succeed in more finely delineating XYZ's own character.
He can't sing like Sting, but Andy Summers demonstrates some good pop sensibilities on this solo album, his first since the breakup of The Police. "Scary Voices" is melodic if unusual, and overall, this is more of a pop album along the lines earlier Police work than a brilliant solo breakthrough for Andy Summers, but it's a decent listen, and fans of him or The Police may want to check it out.
While Andy Summers is best known as the guitarist of the Police, he has since forged a successful and acclaimed solo career with new age-influenced contemporary instrumental music that, like his work with Sting and company, draws on his love for jazz and his fascination with creating instrumental textures.
XYZ frontman Terry Ilous, has gone back into his archives and discovered eighteen songs that the public has never had a chance to hear. "Forbidden Demos 1985/1991" contains five of the songs from the original line-up and unreleased or slightly different recordings from earlier recordings. From the unreleased tracks, the "High Life", "You Got Me Wrong" and "Made For Love" are fantastic hard rock, with catchy choruses, songs in the vain of XYZ's first two releases. Overall this is a great collection that takes you through XYZ's formative years.
"Hungry" is the second studio album recorded by the metal band XYZ. The album was released on September 3, 1991. The songs have a slight bluesy vibe, though for the most part "Hungry" is an album of straight forward, no-frills, hard rock and roll. Solid album that came out at the tail end of pop metal's popularity. Axe Killer (French label) release of "Hungry", remastered and available in Europe for the first time in 1999, including the bonus track "Two Wrongs Can Make A Right". There's a noticeable improvement in sound and balance to enjoy this very good American Hard Rock CD. For fans of Firehouse, Steelheart, White Lion and Warrant.