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Christmas gift ideas for your headbanger

Everyone loves music…but what do you get for the person who owns CDs, cassette tapes, vinyl records, and MP3s of all their favorite songs already? You could take a chance on new bands such as Greta Van Fleet or Red Dragon Cartel, but you run the risk of getting something that doesn’t quite tickle their ears. Music appreciation is, after all, highly subjective.

Fortunately, there are other ways to enjoy music besides listening to it. Weird, right? But thanks to companies like Funko and McFarlane, you can get collectible figurines of rock stars and band mascots. Here are a few helpful links.
Alice Cooper POP Funko
Funko POP

Ozzy Osbourne McFarlane
McFarlane Figures

Bif Bang Pow! KISS Unmasked

Iron Maiden Super 7 Figures
Various Other Figures and Statues

Playing Cards

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Random Awesomeness (part 210)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Ace Freheley – Origins Vol. 1

JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: KISS edition

KISS Ultimate Mixtape

As the Rock Hall of Fame induction approaches in which KISS will take its proper place among the immortals, I thought it would be fitting to offer up the best the band has to offer in the form of “JT’s Ultimate Mixtape.” But this is no ordinary mixtape…there are rules.

  • Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song.
  • That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the band to promote said album.
  • Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixes of songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
  • Live albums are a waste of time. Obviously, the first two live albums by KISS were epic, as was MTV Unplugged. But all the other live records by this band are superfluous.

Make sense? Hit play on the video, and scroll through my selections…

JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: KISS edition…
“Deuce” (KISS, 1974)
“Comin’ Home” (Hotter Than Hell, 1974)
“She” (Dressed to Kill, 1975)
“Rock and Roll All Nite” (Alive!, 1975)
“Detroit Rock City” (Destroyer, 1976)
“I Want You” (Rock & Roll Over, 1976)
“Shock Me” (Love Gun, 1977)
“Love Gun” (Alive II, 1977)
“Speedin’ Back To My Baby” (Ace Frehley, 1978)
“Hooked On Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Peter Criss, 1978)
“Radioactive” (Gene Simmons, 1978)
“Tonight You Belong To Me” (Paul Stanley, 1978)
“I Was Made For Lovin’ You” (Dynasty, 1979)
“Two Sides of the Coin” (Unmasked, 1980)
“A World Without Heroes” (Music From “The Elder,” 1981)
“I Still Love You” (Creatures of the Night, 1982)
“Lick It Up” (Lick It Up, 1983)
“Under The Gun” (Animalize, 1984)
“Tears Are Falling” (Asylum, 1985)
“Thief in the Night” (Crazy Nights, 1987)
“Hide Your Heart” (Hot in the Shade, 1989)
“Domino” (Revenge, 1992)
“Beth” (MTV Unplugged, 1996)
“Jungle” (Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions, 1997)
“You Wanted The Best” (Psycho Circus, 1998)
“When Lightning Strikes” (Sonic Boom, 2009)
“Back to the Stone Age” (Monster, 2012)

And now for the bonus tracks, featuring side projects, solo projects, and post-KISS projects…

Bonus Tracks:
White Tiger “Live To Rock” (White Tiger, 1986)
Ace Frehley “We Got Your Rock” (Frehley’s Comet, 1987)
Vinnie Vincent Invasion “Let Freedom Rock” (All Systems Go, 1988)
Badlands (with Eric Singer) “Dreams in the Dark” (Badlands, 1989)
Dudes of Wrath (with Stanley) “Shocker” (Shocker, 1989)
Peter Criss (with Frehley) “Walk the Line” (Cat #1, 1994)
Union (with Bruce Kulick) “Old Man Wise” (Union, 1998)
Richie Scarlet (with Frehley) “Too Far Gone” (The Insanity Of Life, 2002)
KISS “Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?” (We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones, 2003)
Paul Stanley “Live To Win” (Live to Win, 2006)
Alice Cooper (with Eric Singer) “The One That Got Away” (Along Came A Spider, 2008)

Celebrate KISS and the upcoming Rock Hall induction, Rock and Roll All Nite!

Fun Cards: 1974 Rookie Rockers (Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons)

1974 Topps KISS Rookie Card

In 1974, KISS’ self-titled debut album was released and generated very little fanfare. “Strutter” and “Deuce” are now considered classics, but it was not until Alive! was released over a year later before the band started to get some recognition. The entire process of recording and mixing the record took less than a month. Notice Paul Stanley’s “Bandit” makeup he wore briefly in 1973 and/or 1974 before settling on the “Starchild” persona.

Watch the band perform “Nothing To Lose,” “Firehouse,” and “Black Diamond” on ABC In Concert in 1974:

Purchase the self-titled KISS album.

Happy birthday, Genghis Khan!

Born May 31, 1162, founder of the Mongol Empire. You can learn all about the dude here or here or here.

Any excuse to post an Ace Frehley song… 🙂

Happy birthday Ace Frehley!

Born April 27, 1951, Paul Daniel “Ace” Frehley is one of my all-time favorite guitarists. No, he’s not a shredder and is far from the most proficient axe-wielder, but he was an inspiration to an entire generation of hard rock musicians.

I had the extreme privilege of interviewing Ace for the Hard Rock Nights radio program in 2009. He was very friendly and talkative, promoting his album Anomaly (which is nothing short of fantastic). Listen to that interview, in two parts, below:

The Kansas City Chiefs may be the coolest football team ever.

Oh yeah.

Now the question is, which football card company will be the first to commemorate this great moment in American history?

EDIT: And why can’t I find any photos of this grand event? Any help?

KISS vs. Ace Frehley

Check out the “New Song Smackdown” at the HRN blog!

The Ace Frehley HRN Interview

New KISS song: “Modern Day Delilah”

Let ‘er rip…

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