VINNIE VINCENT Insider Discusses All Systems Go: "Vinnie Was A Really Sexual Guy"
April 18, 2013, a year ago
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Tim McPhate of KissFAQ has conducted an interview with David Snowden, who was head of the fan club for the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION from 1986 - 1988. Given his unique position, Snowden had a front-row seat for the making and planning of the Invasion's sophomore album, 1988's All Systems Go, a period that would ultimately prove to be a tumultuous time for Vincent and the band. This May will mark 25 years since the release of All Systems Go, Vincent's last full-length studio album.
Topics include bassist Dana Strum's important role within the band, Vincent's songwriting and guitar abilities, Chrysalis Records' growing affinity for Mark Slaughter, how Vincent played a role in DAVID LEE ROTH's Eat 'Em & Smile band, recording All Systems Go and the album's singles, 'That Time Of Year' and 'Love Kills', the band's management issues at the time, and more.
An excerpt from part one of Snowden's interview with KissFAQ's Tim McPhate:
There's a wealth of diversity on All Systems Go. There's the ZEPPELIN-inspired 'Ashes To Ashes', straight-ahead rockers like 'Dirty Rhythm', galloping metal like 'Breakout', and lush ballads like 'Ecstasy'.
"Yeah, well if you ever went on tour with Vinnie and you'd stop at an airport or a hotel magazine shop, what was the first thing Vinnie always went for? He went for the Playboy, Hustler and the Cheri magazines. Despite that people have all these big ideas about Vinnie with sex changes and being bisexual and all that, I mean he was a really sexual guy who was really into women. And that's where he pulled his inspiration for a lot of his songs. He was just a really, really talented guy who could sit down and do that. I mean the first Invasion record, he had a couple of years to do that. He left after the Lick It Up tour, they kept calling him back, wanting him for Animalize, to come in and write some more songs, and that's when he said, 'You know what, I gave you my first baby. I can't give you another one'."
To read the interview in its entirety, click here.