Fun Cards: 1982 Topps Vinnie Vincent
In 1982, Ace Frehley was replaced by Vinnie Vincent in KISS. While Ace will always be my favorite KISS guitarist, I have a special place in my heart for Vinnie as well. I’m not so much a fan of his work with KISS, but his solo albums were phenomenal and I still listen to them often. The first album featured Robert Fleischman on vocals, while he was replaced my Mark Slaughter on the second…and Slaughter is nothing short of a legend in my mind. That second Vinnie Vincent Invasion album, All Systems Go, just blew me away the first time I heard it…in 1996.
Yes, I didn’t discover Vinnie’s amazing post-KISS career until the mid-90s when I started spinning his records on a Monday morning college radio show. I started getting calls about all the hair metal I was playing…and all of the calls were positive and encouraging. That’s what college radio was all about: bucking the mainstream, and nothing was more non-mainstream in 1996 than hair metal.
Thorzul just made a reference to a 1997 article from the Onion yesterday about retro, and it really does ring true when it comes to music (hair metal is even specifically mentioned). Perhaps we broke the retro rules back then, but at least we had fun doing it. Sorry, Secretary Williams.