31 years old.
Man time goes by.
“Hot In The Shade” now has a full time job, a drinking problem and is paying taxes to keep the economy going. Plus it’s got a woody problem.
I purchased it from a store called Brashs. It specialised in sound systems and then it started to bring in musical product.
It had a decent metal and rock section but I felt that everything was way overpriced and hardly any discounts.
Then again, the price was pre-determined by the labels but who knew that kind of stuff back then. But it was the only store that had “Hot In The Shade”. So I purchased it for $20.
$20 back in 1989 is worth about $42 today with inflation added on. Which is about the price of Vinyl these days on average.
Anyway, I’ve been on a Bob Halligan Jr kick lately and he co-wrote two tracks here. “Rise To It” and “Read My Body”.
And this era of Kiss has its critics but it’s Bruce Kulick’s finest moments. His guitar work on “Crazy Nights” and “Hot In The Shade” is very underrated.
And Kulick really rose to it here and delivered a great solo.
“Rise To It” opens up with some slide guitar and a Mississippi Delta blues feel. But once the distorted guitars kick in, it’s melodic rock all the way.
Listen to the riff in the Chorus.
It’s ZZ Top like. Think “Sharp Dressed Man”.
Lyrically, it’s typical Kiss, talking about hard ons or wood. Like when Paul sings “When you’re lying next to me, baby, I can guarantee, I’m gonna rise to it” he’s not talking about waking up in the morning.
And that got me thinking about ZZ Top and there song, “Woke Up With Wood”.
The lyrics, “when I woke up this morning, I was feeling mighty good, my baby understood had to do what she should, laying near a pile of wood”.
“God damn good times” is what I say. I’ve been in those morning wood situations a lot of times.
Suddenly I’m listening to “Sport’n A Woody” from Dangerous Toys. “Sport’n a woody, when you’re titties fly” and how they wish the lady was sedated so they penetrate her.
Then Ace Frehley comes to mind and how his baby is on her knees and she’s begging please for a ride on his rocket.
Ahhh, rock and roll music.
It never took it self seriously and it allowed us all to have a laugh and a good time.
I’m gonna raise my glass to Rock And Roll.
Oh wait, that’s another Kiss song. For a different time.