BRITNY FOX (1986–92; 1993–PRESENT). Dizzy Dean Davidson (lead vocals/ guitar, 1986–90), Michael Kelly Smith (lead guitar), Billy Childs (bass), Tommy Paris (lead vocals/guitar, 1991–92).
Bearing a superficial resemblance to their fellow Philly chums in Cinderella (the boys shared hairdressers and vocal teachers), Britny Fox were the Slade to Cinderella’s Aerosmith—not a fair fight, really. Still, singer/guitarist Dizzy Dean Davidson had a good screaming voice and a knack for writing straightforward hooky rockers. Having relocated to L.A. from Philly, the band hooked up with former Cinderella guitarist Michael Kelly Smith. After securing a deal with Columbia, through their fairy godmothers in Cinderella the band released their debut, Britny Fox, in 1988. Supported by its MTV video, the single “Long Way to Love” helped the album to a charting position, but the follow-up “Girlschool” failed to generate much excitement.
Diminishing the glam influence on the following year’s Boys in Heat did little to expand the band’s fan base, and singer Dizzy left the band for parts unknown. Returning with new singer Tommy Paris, the band released Bite Down Hard, but even with guest appearances by such excellent spellers as Poison’s Rikki Rocket and guitarist Zakk Wylde, the band couldn’t energize the faithful, and split up shortly thereafter. In recent years, various incarnations of the band have reunited for limited touring,most recently a lineup assembled by original bassist Billy Childs.
Discography: Britny Fox (Columbia, 1988); Boys in Heat (Columbia, 1989); Bite Down Hard (East West, 1991); Long Way to Live! (Spitfire, 2000); Springhead Motorshark (Spitfire, 2003); Live at Froggy’s (Paradise Media Partners, 2005); The Best of Britny Fox (Sony, 2001); The Bite Down Hard Demo Sessions (Paradise Musicwerks, 2005).