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Wiped-Out

Ace Frehley, Anton Fig

This song was written by Ace and Anton Fig. According to Anton, Ace had come up with the riff while the two were in the studio and added a verse to the growing song. Anton would write the rest of the words to the song to which Ace then made some additional changes. Interestingly, another song with a similar title, a classic surfing song from the 1960s, would be one of the songs Ace played in one of his earliest bands. This, the Surfaris recording of "Wipe Out," was originally released (London HLD-9751) in 1963.

The Surfaris instrumental version of the song reached #2 on the US Billboard charts in June 1963 and #16 in July 1966. Ace imitated the beginning of that classic hit on his introduction to his song, which certainly had little to do with surfing. With lyrics such as "I was gettin' drunk / The next thing I knew I looked at you / I was blind as a skunk, I was..." the source of inspiration is obvious! The recording of this song also features Will Lee on bass, and for the guitar solo Ace would use an old Vox device to attain the wah-wah effect. While Ace wasn't a big fan of using the effect for his guitar solos he had first used it on "Rocket Ride."

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