Another week has passed and another war is finished as all of you came by and you voted as to who covered Kiss’s War Machine better. Was it Amon Amarth or was it Six Feet Under? Well, you voted and Amon Amarth came out on top by one vote. When it came to deciding this week’s War Of The Covers, I wanted to go on the hard rock side of things and find a track that some legendary 80’s bands have covered. I found it int he form of the classic 1968 Rolling Stones classic Street Fighting Man which was off of the band’s legendary album Beggar’s Banquet. The two bands we chose for you guys to fight over is none other than 80’s Hair Metal giants Mötley Crüe and a band that should have never been looped in that conversation in Sacramento hard rock legends Tesla. In 2005, Mötley Crüe covered the track for their 2005 greatest hits album Red, White, and Crüe as part of three unreleased never before heard tracks. In 2007, Tesla would include a cover of the song as part of an all covers album entitled Real To Real which also included covers of Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Guess Who, and many more. Now it’s up to you guys to decide who you think did the better cover of Street Fighting Man, is it the bad boys from Hollywood Mötley Crüe or is it Tesla? You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide.
Posts Tagged ‘Kiss’
Tags: Dragonette, Fissunix, Hello, Kiss, Martin Solveig, Mashup, Mashup Of The Week, Mashups, music, Rock, Shout Hello, Shout It Out Loud
I was on the search for a Mashup that I had never heard of before and maybe from a producer I have never checked out before. While on the search, I found a very interesting mashup that instantly caught my attention that I couldn’t resist checking out from a certain Mashup producer again. I am a huge fan of rock band Kiss and Mashup producer Fissunix takes one of my favorite live Kiss tracks in Shout It Out Loud and he combines it with the Martin Solveig & Dragonette track Hello to create this week’s mashup of the week Shout Hello. The first comment that I am going to make about the track is that it is infectious because I keep hitting repeat over and over again. I am absolutely amazed at how well the two tracks work well together as they flow so naturally. So with that being said, it passes my one rule that I have for Mashups which is that it must flow right and sound right. To check out more from Fissunix, just check out his website here and enjoy the dance rock classic Shout Hello below:
Tags: Ace Frehley, Cover, Cover Of The Week, Cover Song, Covers, Fire And Water, Free, Kiss, music, Origins Vol. 1, Paul Stanley, Rock
I forgot to take this opportunity some time ago to post this week’s Cover Of The Week, but it was lost in the shuffle until now. This week’s Cover Of The Week belongs to the spaceman Ace Frehley who recently released the album Origins Vol. 1 which also happens to be a covers record. What is so significant about this record is that not only did it a land a spot in the top 25 of The Billboard Top 200 charts, it also features a track that is the first time in 18 years that he has worked with Paul Stanley of Kiss. The track on the album is called Fire And Water which was originally a Free track. The song is amazing and it reminds you exactly what was great about Kiss in the first place which was the voice (Stanley) and the guitar God (Frehley) together on one track. Check out the track below and pick up the album which is available everywhere.
Tags: 2,000 Man, Ace Frehley, Album Of The Week, Anton Fig, Charisma, Dirty Livin, Disco, Dynasty, Gene Simmons, Hard Rock, Hard Times, I Was Made For Loving You, Kiss, Magic Touch, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Rock, Save Your Love, Sure Know Something, Vini Poncia, X-Ray Eyes
This week’s choice for album of the week is probably a poor choice in most of the minds of most Kiss fans, but Kiss’s seventh studio album Dynasty is my favorite record. It has a sentimental place in my heart as it was the first Kiss record that made me fall in love with the band seeing their painted faces on the cover. It’s also the first time that the whole band did not play collectively on a Kiss record. There are some tracks on the record that do not feature the original lineup all together. For one, Peter Criss is only one one track while for most of the album it’s Paul Stanley (Vocals/Guitars), Gene Simmons (Bass/Vocals), Ace Frehley (Guitars/Vocals), and Anton Fig (Drums). Producer Vini Poncia apparently did not like Peter Criss’s playing during the sessions so Fig was brought in. Paul Stanley reflects saying, “On Dynasty, Peter was pretty much out of commission, so I wouldn’t point to it as a classic Kiss album.” As far as success of the album goes, it definitely brought Kiss back to the top as it peaked at number nine on the Billboard Top 200 charts (it stayed on the charts for 25 weeks) and the album went platinum.
1. I Was Made For Loving You– My favorite Kiss song of all time and coincidentally the one track every accuses of being too Disco like. It was the band’s second Gold Single in their history and a great live staple. 5/5
2. 2,000 Man– Ace showing his love for rock and roll and The Rolling Stones with this cover. Ace performs every instrument on the track expect Drums. 4.5/5
3. Sure Know Something– Gene’s funky bass riff leads the track forward in this disco rock like track. 4.5/5
4. Dirty Livin– The only track on the album that features Peter Criss on drums and vocals on the track and it’s actually a really good rock track with a cool bass riff. 4/5
5. Charisma– One of two tracks on the album that Gene Simmons sings on and this one is a charging, driving track, but I’m not a fan of his vocals on this one. 3/5
6. Magic Touch– Obviously a track about a woman who is very good sexually. Paul’s vocals are amazing as usual on this very Paul Stanley-esque Kiss track. What I mean by that is you can tell Paul wrote the song. 4/5
7. Hard Times– A driving rock anthem by the spaceman Ace Frehley about growing up in the rough streets of New York. 4/5
8. X-Ray Eyes– The other Gene Simmons track which is rocking and his vocals are a lot better than the last track he sang on and it’s a track that focuses on seeing through the lies and all the troubles in relationships. 4/5
9. Save Your Love– The third Frehley track on the album and the last song on the album and not one of the best. It has a cool rock riff, but the lyrics are OK. 3/5
My Final Thoughts– Despite a couple of tracks on the record, it is still one of my favorite Kiss records ever. It was a rough era for Kiss at this point as Peter Criss would eventually exit the band and then Ace Frehley would follow eventually. The album has some highlights to it and is definitely under appreciated. Check it out for yourself, I am giving the album four stars out of five for a final grade.