Vinnie Vincent Invasion (album)

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Vinnie Vincent Invasion
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 2, 1986
RecordedBaby 'O Recorders, Hollywood, California
ProducerVinnie Vincent and Dana Strum
Vinnie Vincent Invasion chronology
Vinnie Vincent Invasion
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Vinnie Vincent Invasion is the debut studio album by Vinnie Vincent Invasion.


Two singles were released, "Boyz Are Gonna Rock" and "Back on the Streets". A music video was only made for "Boyz Are Gonna Rock". In the video for "Boyz Are Gonna Rock," the singer in the video is Mark Slaughter rather than the actual singer Robert Fleischman. Fleischman left the band prior to filming the video and Mark Slaughter lip synched to Fleischman's vocals.[citation needed]

"Back on the Streets" was originally written by Vincent and recorded by 3 Speed for the 1984 movie Voyage of the Rock Aliens. It was later covered by Europe's original guitarist John Norum for his 1987 solo album Total Control. This song was also played by Ace Frehley during his earliest shows with his post-Kiss band Frehley's Comet in 1985 and also demoed by his band as well during this time, but the song has never appeared on any of Ace Frehley's solo albums.[citation needed]

The song "Invasion" (for the CD and cassette versions) contained about three minutes of looping guitar feedback at the end of the song. The record version had the same feedback, but the difference was that it never ended until you picked up the needle. This was because the sound went all the way to the end of the vinyl, causing the needle to loop it over and over again. The liner notes state (somewhat implausibly) that no pedals, outboard gear or synthesizers were used anywhere on the album.[citation needed]

The band opened for Alice Cooper in 1986 and Iron Maiden in 1987 to support the record. The song "Animal" appeared on the soundtrack for the 1987 movie Summer School.[citation needed]

The songs "Boyz Are Gonna Rock" and "Back on the Streets" are 2 of 4 Vinnie Vincent Invasion songs featured on the 2008 tribute album KISS MY ANKH: A Tribute to Vinnie Vincent. Mike Weeks played the guitar, bass and did the vocals on a very accurate version of "Boys Are Gonna Rock" which also featured drums by Andre Labelle, who had previously recorded drums on Vinnie's third (and unreleased) album "Guitarmaggedon/Guitars from Hell".[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [2]
Crusher magazene(favorable)[3]
Sleaze Roxx(favorable)[4]

The album was listed number 8 on Kerrang!s list of hard rock albums in 1986. The same magazine listed the album number 100 on their list of 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time.[5] In the book Fargo Rock City, journalist Chuck Klosterman names it the second greatest heavy metal album of the 1980s, behind only Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses. Rolling Stone listed it 39th on their 2015 list of Greatest Hair Metal albums of all time.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Vinnie Vincent with tracks 6 and 10 co-written by Robert Fleischman and track 7 co-written by Richard Friedman.[citation needed]

1."Boyz Are Gonna Rock"Vinnie Vincent4:54
2."Shoot U Full of Love"Vinnie Vincent4:44
3."No Substitute"Vinnie Vincent3:52
4."Animal"Vinnie Vincent5:33
5."Twisted"Vinnie Vincent4:49
6."Do You Wanna Make Love"Vinnie Vincent, Robert Fleischman3:23
7."Back on the Streets"Vinnie Vincent, Richard Friedman4:50
8."I Wanna Be Your Victim"Vinnie Vincent4:36
9."Baby-O"Vinnie Vincent3:43
10."Invasion"Vinnie Vincent, Robert Fleischman7:50



  1. ^ ((cite web | url= Archived 2008-08-31 at the Wayback Machine | title=KISS MY ANKH: A tribute To Vinnie Vincent | publisher=SplitScreen Entertainment | accessdate=2008-08-31))
  2. ^ True, Chris. "Vinnie Vincent Invasion review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
  3. ^ "Vinnie Vincent Invasion review". Crusher magazine.
  4. ^ "Vinnie Vincent Invasion review". Crusher magazine.
  5. ^ "Kerrang!'s 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time list". Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  6. ^