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Vinnie Vincent Invasion

After leaving (or getting fired from -- depends who you ask) Kiss in 1984, guitarist Vinnie Vincent put together his own outfit shortly thereafter called the Vinnie Vincent Invasion. Filling the bass slot in Vincent's band was Dana Strum, a veteran of the L.A. metal scene who had also acted as a talent scout of sorts for both Ozzy Osbourne and Kiss, helping to recruit both the late-great Randy Rhoads and Jake E. Lee for Osbourne's band, and none other than Mr. Vincent himself for Kiss (and his subsequent replacement in the band, Mark St. John), with the muscle-bound Bobby Rock handling the drums. The trio set out to find a suitable lead singer, and was impressed by an audition tape from a newcomer, but the applicant failed to include a name or contact info. With a record contract with Chrysalis waiting in the wings, the band hired one-time Journey singer Robert Fleischman to impersonate the unknown singer's vocal style (which bore more than a passing resemblance to Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant). But just one look at the group's promo pictures at the time clearly showed that Fleischman didn't fit in with the group's dolled-up image.

The quartet issued their self-titled debut album in the fall of 1986, which showcased Vincent's speed-demon guitar solos, as the music (and the band's look) was identical to the glam/pop-metal movement that was permeating MTV and the charts at the time (Mötley Crüe, Poison, Ratt, etc.). Shortly after the album's release, the band was contacted by the "mystery singer" who they had tried to track down previously, Mark Slaughter, who was immediately welcomed in to the band as Fleischman's replacement. Vinnie Vincent Invasion sold respectfully, almost hitting the gold mark, as the quartet toured the U.S. opening up for Alice Cooper. But by the time their sophomore effort appeared two years later, 1988's All Systems Go, interest in the band had waned, and it was becoming increasingly hard for the other bandmembers to get along with Vincent, who felt that he treated the band as merely a solo project. By 1989, the Vinnie Vincent Invasion was kaput, but both Strum and Slaughter would go on to achieve success with their post-Invasion band, Slaughter, while Rock manned the kit for pop pretty boys Nelson. Vincent's subsequent recording career didn't fare as well as his former bandmates, however -- all he has issued subsequently was an independent 1996 four-song EP titled Euphoria, which featured the vocal stylings of original Vinnie Vincent Invasion singer Fleischman. Vincent would also write with Kiss again for their back-to-metal 1992 release, Revenge, before attempting to sue them over a royalty dispute. ~ Greg Prato
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Track List: Vinnie Vincent Invasion

1. Boyz Are Gonna Rock

2. Shoot U Full Of Love

3. No Substitute

4. Animal

5. Twisted

6. Do You Wanna Make Love

7. Back On The Streets

8. I Wanna Be Your Victim

9. Baby-O

10. Invasion

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Track List: All Systems Go

1. Ashes To Ashes

2. Dirty Rhythm

3. Love Kills

4. Naughty Naughty

5. Burn

6. Let Freedom Rock

7. That Time Of Year

8. Heavy Pettin

9. Ecstasy

10. Deeper And Deeper

11. Breakout

12. The Meltdown

13. (Ya Know) I'm Pretty Shot

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You got me so blind
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Listening to shoot you full of love, yeah but what are you really trying to say?
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My vvi song
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Awesome I met VV he was so cool
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Good times back in 86 to this with my crew
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Vinnie vinnie.
Burning for you babyyyyyyy
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Vinnie Vincent this all I can say I'll let his guitar playing do the talking: D
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kurt.tobler
Still some of his other work you can find on the net. Guitars from hell. Euphoria. All with the original singer
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Rocken:-:-|: - *
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Vinnie is awsome!!
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Rocken with vinnie gona rock!!!
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Vvi rocks
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I think vinnie deserved more credit than wat he got...hes awsome guitar player man...this is how mark slougter got started..fuc k e n has riped hard vocals...Roc k on.
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Duck you life must suck
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He's amazing truly inspiring for any guitar player and beautiful
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Great talent, big fan, has a flare for the visual ( like me ), without losing what's most important ... the music.
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Vinnie is. Super rock my. World
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He's cool
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in 1989 while deployed in kwaitt had tapes stolen. took many years to find cd all syatems go out of production in us in 91 found a co. in sweeden so happy with that
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markbrowning 1 4
Totally underrated, what an axe master!
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rgalis
He carried Kiss on Creatures of the Night & Lick it up. A much needed kick in A@#
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vbl4life
I remember going thru 2 cassettes... . 1 s t one was stolen...had to get another...bu t then gone to cd....and always wanted it on cd....but I want the original one....the guitar work thru the whole album was awesome....
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magruver
Oh wowo I had forgotten all about him. This is great, Bring back lots of memories, . Thanks Pandora . Happy Trails all ,
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amazing guitar work man!!!
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vinnie vincent still kicks but after ,before ,and during kiss
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Vinnie Vincent is one of my favorites. That lead singer of his can wail.....and the lyrics are surprising unique. I miss ya Vinnie!

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