Complete studio albums (and more!), part 5
KING’S X – “Junior’s Gone Wild” (1991 Interscope, from the Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey movie soundtrack)
With Faith Hope Love creating a little bit of a buzz, 1991 coulda been the year for King’s X to finally break. Meanwhile in Hollywood, a Canadian fellow named Keanu Reeves re-teamed up with his buddy Alex Winter to star in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Many rock fans worldwide had enjoyed the prior adventures of Bill & Ted. They liked cool bands and got to hang out with George Carlin. Not to mention, the movies had soundtracks. Extreme, for example, had some exposure thanks to an appearance on the first movie’s album. Then somehow, King’s X landed a song on the Bogus Journey soundtrack. Maybe because the movie soundtrack came out on Interscope, owned by Warner, also the parent company of King’s X’s label Atlantic.
The soundtrack CD is actually really good. Kiss, Faith No More, Megadeth, Primus, plus quality tracks from Winger, Slaughter and Richie Kotzen. Surprisingly, one of the weakest songs was the one by King’s X!
“Junior’s Gone Wild”, barely three minutes long, is one of the most unremarkable songs King’s X have done. You can’t pinpoint what exactly what doesn’t work. On paper, it should. A stuttering riff, Doug Pinnick’s impassioned singing, and the trademark lush King’s X cloud of backing vocals: it’s all right there, wrapped up in a bow for 3:09. Yet it’s bland and forgettable. Was this the first crack in King’s X armour? Or did they just send a throw-away outtake out for the soundtrack? If so, perhaps doing so was a mistake. The movie made almost $40 million, doubling its budget.
In another weird twist, “Junior’s Gone Wild” also wound up on the B-side to a Kiss CD single, “God Gave Rock & Roll to You II“. With that kind of exposure, don’t you just wish King’s X had put an amazing song out instead? Meanwhile back on the soundtrack CD, I was being blown away by this new young kid, Richie Kotzen, with an incredibly soulful voice and hot space-blues licks. Kotzen succeeded in competing with the big boys on the CD, and so did Faith No More. King’s X fumbled the ball.
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