Space Invader

Album: Space Invader (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • This was an instrumental until the last two weeks of mixing the Space Invader album. Frehley then went up into his hotel room one afternoon and dashed off the lyrics in a couple of hours. "I talk to some people and they go 'man, I struggle with lyrics,'" he told May The Rock Be With You, "and they just fly out of my head."
  • Asked by May The Rock Be With You why he titled his sixth solo album "Space Invader," Ace Frehley replied: "After the holidays, we were deciding what to call the record and a lot of names were being thrown around and somebody came up with 'Space Invader' and I thought that was great."

    "Then we talked about the album cover and talked about me coming out of a flying saucer or a spaceship and a couple of the artists at eOne Music came up with some rough renderings, and I fooled around with it in Photoshop and then I was talking to Ken Gullic from eOne Music and we decided to give Ken Kelly a call because I've talked to Ken over the years about doing an album cover for me and he just jumped at the chance and boom, it was done a week later. [Laughs]

    "Everything just kind of fell into place, like I said, the last two weeks of mixing I didn't have 'Space Invader' or 'Past The Milky Way' - there was no guitar solos, no vocals, no melody - and those two songs I think really wrap the whole package up into a nice bow because they're both space themes and they make the album come off as more of a concept record, I think."
  • Space Invader debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200, making it Ace Frehley's highest ever charting album. It was also the first time a Kiss member achieved a Top 10 LP on the Billboard 200 as a soloist. The previous best was by Gene Simmons, when his eponymous set peaked at #22 in 1979.

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