Friday, January 25, 2013
The year is 1986. With it came the first significant solo record from an ex KISS member (Ace would wait a further year till he released Frehley's Comet in '87 and did anybody actually like anything by Peter Criss?). Depending on who you believe KISS either fired Vinnie Vincent yet again or he walked. It seems likely the truth will never be known, but here in hard proof was the result of what someone from the KISS stable was capable of all on their own and in total freedom.
I remember practically salivating at the prospect of hearing it and armed with my pocket money I demanded my local record store order it and have it waiting for me. This being the middle of nowhere in the Highlands of Scotland was no small feat - but somehow some-when I got my hands on my new tape and I felt the urge to buy some hairspray - the cover was pretty interesting to say the least - KISS were men's men and this was almost akin to Poison - many years later Fleishman the lead singer would be quoted as being 'stood next to inflatable drag queens'. This strange assault on the senses was even before hearing the recording and already I was confused - having loved Vinnie in KISS and being gutted I was too young to see him live with them on their European lick it up tour this was my best bet to hearing what the guy could do.
It is no easy task to review the music from this album. From what I know it's a love or hate thing. Personally I adored it and from the opening screaming feedback to Boyz Are Gonna Rock to the relentless screaming vocals and beyond crazy guitar solos - it's not hard to see why Vinnie had to get out of KISS if he was capable of playing like this. Fleishman's vocals are stratospheric and having never had my balls in a vice I can't comment on the effectiveness, but there is no way many people could replicate what he laid down on that album. All in all it was an exercise in extremes, it sold very well and should have laid down the path for a long and illustrious career. VVI managed one more effort in 1988 and it was all over.