- When the Jedi Return: Make sure your troops are ready [Plaid Stallions]
- Topps Re-hash [Red Cardboard]
- Exclusive Photos: Van Halen Plays Houston in 1978 [Van Halen News Desk]
- Reds pitcher Jon Moscot once gave up seven home runs to, um, Rob Schneider [Cut4]
- AC/DC Auditioned Singer From Tribute Band Back In Black Before Deciding On Axl Rose [Blabbermouth]
- The San Diego Chicken: A Baseball Card History [Beckett]
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens syncs up to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon [Consequence of Sound]
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…
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!
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:
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:
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?