My Sunday Song – “Shock Me” by Kiss

For My Sunday Song #133, we are tackling one of my favorite Ace songs from Kiss called “Shock Me”.  It was off the 1977 album, ‘Love Gun’ and it was actually the first song Ace had the lead vocals on.  He had written other songs, but never sang.  Ace intended for Gene to sing, but Gene pushed it back and encouraged Ace to sing this one.  And thankfully that happened as it was a showcase for Ace during their live shows.

On December 12, 1976, Kiss was in concert in Lakeland, Florida when Ace touched a railing that had not been properly grounded and let’s say he got the shock of his life.  That incident was the inspiration for the song even though that is not what the song is about.  The song is about one of Kiss’ favorite subjects.  Nope, not rock & roll, but sex.  That is right, sex.  I know!!  You are surprised and you can’t believe it, but it is the truth.

Now Ace doesn’t have the best voice, but he has a great rock voice.  It is a little gritty and dirty and it is rough just like rock should be.  If you want a pretty voice, go listen to pop music.  I believe I read that Ace recorded this by lying down on the ground.  I don’t know if that is true, but that does sound like something he would do.

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However, the highlight of the song is Ace’s wicked guitar playing and that solo is awesome.  That is what we love about Ace anyway.  Ace even played Bass and not Gene and I don’t think Gene is anywhere on the song as a matter of fact.  This was the start of Ace getting songs on all the coming albums and I am so glad they did as those were always some of my favorites on the albums.

 

Give the song a listen and let me know what you think.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have over the years.  Have a Happy Sunday!!

“Shock Me”

Your lightnin’s all I need
My satisfaction grows
You make me feel at ease
You even make me glow

Don’t cut the power on me
I’m feelin’ low, so get me high

Shock me, make me feel better
Shock me, put on your black leather
Shock me, we can come together

And baby, if you do what you’ve been told
My insulation’s gone, girl you make me overload

Don’t pull the plug on me, no, no
Keep it in and keep me high

Shock me, make me feel better
Shock me, put on your black leather
Shock me, we can come together
Come on

Shock me, baby, shock me, oh yeah
Shock me, baby, shock me, oh yeah

Shock me, make me feel better, oh yeah
Come on and shock me, put on your black leather
Baby, I’m down to the bare wire
Shock me, we can come together
Oh yeah, I wanna feel your power
Shock me, make me feel better
Baby, I’m down to the bare wire
Shock me, put on your black leather
Baby, come on, come on, shock me

Written by Ace Frehley

9 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Shock Me” by Kiss

  1. I hadn’t realized Ace dabbled in the vocals as well, nice!
    And well said about the value of an imperfect voice, I find I’ve started to gravitate toward the singers like Leonard Cohen/Neil Young in recent years

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