All posts tagged: Ace Frehley

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Kiss Go Through Hell For “Hotter Than Hell”

It is nearly impossible to imagine a world without Kiss at this point. Whether you are a full-on soldier in the Kiss Army or you can’t stand them at all, you are always made aware that they exist even now. Gene Simmons’ combination of business savvy and brazen brand-whoring assures that. In October of 1974, however, things were much more tentative. A small group of fans had gravitated to that weird first album of theirs, more than a passing nod to one of Simmons’ idols The Beatles. The demonic kabuki makeup and glitter-bomb logo told a different story. Even in the rough ‘n ready world of hard rock in the early 1970s, the eponymous debut rougher, which is a polite way of saying it was recorded on the relative cheap and sounded that way. Even with the benefit of a little more money and a better recording studio, 1974’s Hotter Than Hell still wasn’t going to become an audiophile’s demo disc for their “killer stereo setup.” The material that would comprise Hotter Than Hell would …

Bottom Feeders: The Rock End of the ’80s, Part 18

Part 18 is a short one in order to make a clean break from the letter F, but most of the songs are quality and that’s what counts, right? Enjoy some more tracks that hit the rock charts in the ’80s but failed to cross over onto the Billboard Hot 100. Peter Frampton “Breaking All the Rules” 1981, #12 (download) “Holding On To You” 1989, #27 (download) The ‘80s were certainly not kind to Peter Frampton. He released four studio albums in the decade with 1981’s Breaking All the Rules being the most listenable of the group. 1982’s Art of Control is a hot mess and 1986’s Premonition and 1989’s Where All the Pieces Fit were only slightly better. I actually like “Breaking All the Rules” very much, even though on the album it gets buried as the last cut. But “Holding On To You” is total slicked up bullshit. Franke & the Knockouts “Come Back” 1981, #45 (download) “Never Had It Better” 1982 #38 (download) Franke & the Knockouts has always been the most surprising …

CD Review: Kiss, “Sonic Boom”

Any good label manager would tell you: don’t name your album something a reviewer could turn into a catchy, snarky counterpoint. But as we know far too well, most of the labels are hanging by a thread, the management inside reduced to bean counters versus quality controllers and, heck, if Hollywood keeps naming their movies in blindly self-insulting ways, why can’t the record industry follow suit? Besides, we’re talking about Kiss here, who have built an iron-clad and insular fanbase that views such flaunting of common sense as an act of rebellion. Who cares if the new album Sonic Boom, the first since 1998’s Psycho Circus, opens itself up to opening paragraphs such as this, begging the question, “Boom or Bust?” What really matters is if the band has spent the decade-long downtime productively or not, and luckily for you, the Popdose staff has gone through the work of sussing it out so you don’t have to. Strap on your steel dragon-face boots, smear on your kabuki greasepaint and shake off your love gun. It’s …

Phagz on 45: Episode Six

Here we go again — John C. Hughes and the world’s foremost Belinda Carlisle impersonator, a.k.a. his buddy Matty (or “Bearlinda,” if you prefer), knock back some booze and review some singles, homo style. This week your rainbeaux duo take a listen to songs by the B-52’s, R.E.M., Cheap Trick, Ace Frehley, and Nick Gilder while discussing high school rock bands, White Castle sliders, and Kate & Allie. Enjoy, and as always, MP3s of the songs are below so you can follow along at home.

The B-52’s — “Give Me Back My Man” (download) R.E.M. — “Supernatural Superserious” (download) Ace Frehley — “New York Groove” (download) Cheap Trick — “Elo Kiddies” (download) Nick Gilder — “Hot Child in the City” (download)