Sunday, December 16, 2007

Ace in the Hole

Whilst listening to the radio yesterday I stumbled across, improbably enough, Ace Frehley's "New York Groove," which I remembered as a boot-stomping anthem. (It was the only hit from the four separate solo albums released by the members of Kiss in 1978, going as high as Number 13 on the Billboard charts.) But instead it was wan and feeble, almost laughable.

Now I'm scared to go back and listen to "Shock Me." Don't tell me that's pathetic, too!

3 comments:

Eric said...

I had the very singular experience of seeing Ace Frehley perform in Brooklyn in 1987. A beatific evening, at a converted Xanadu-type nightclub, when we (my date and I) seemed to be the only Manhattaners there--the fleeting thrill of the reverse bridge-and-tunnel, so easy now to realize but so much more difficult in the day. Ace's rendition of "Back in the New York Groove" was fantastic live--he stretched out the "back... in the New York groove" chorus for what seemed an eternity. I still prefer it to "Flaming Youth," "Beth," etc.--though not to KISS's greatest triumph, "Black Diamond." De gustibus...

T. Nawrocki said...

Was Ace still wearing the makeup at that point?

Eric said...

no, he'd become unfarded by then.