"Talk to Me" is a song by American hard rock band Kiss, released in 1980 on their eighth studio album Unmasked. The song, never released as a single in the US, was released as a single worldwide on November 1, 1980. The song broke the top 40 in several countries, reaching the highest position in Switzerland, at #10. "Talk to Me" was played only when Ace Frehley was a member of the band.
Background[edit source | edit]Edit
"Talk to Me" is one of three songs from the album Ace Frehley wrote and sings on. The album also features most of Frehley's material, who got more involved in songwriting after his solo album was released. Although Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons decided to make a pop-rock album(unusual for Kiss), Frehley's compositions remained hard rock, as much as they could be. After Peter Criss' departure, Frehley would be often out-voted 2-1 by Simmons and Stanley (Eric Carr wasn't a partner in the band as others were, but rather an employee), who then decided to make a pop-rock album. "Talk to Me" is one of only two songs from the album not to be co-written by producer Vini Poncia, with other being another Frehley song "Two Sides of the Coin". Frehley also played bass guitar on the song, instead of Simmons, who is the bassist in the band. Simmons didn't play bass guitar on any of Frehley's compositions and on some of Stanley's. It is also interesting to note that this song is in Open G tuning for guitar.
"Talk to Me" was never released as a single in the US, but was a top 40 hit in Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland (#10). The song would be usually released with "Naked City" as a B-side. In Japan, it was released with "Easy As It Seems" as a B-side because "Naked City" was already released as a B-side for "Tomorrow". The band filmed a lip-synched performance video for West German television. On November 21, the band performed at Sydney Showground. The concert was filmed and broadcast as "The Inner Sanctum". Although the concert was never released as a live album, performances of "Talk to Me" and "New York Groove" have appeared on Kiss albums ("Talk to Me" on The Box Set and "New York Groove" on You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!!).
Live performances[edit source | edit]Edit
"Talk to Me" was performed during the Unmasked Tour and, like the whole album, was ignored during the '80s. During the Asian and Australian leg of the Kiss Farewell Tour, Kiss performed the song. The song hadn't been performed ever since. Frehley also performed the song while on a tour across Australia.
Appearances[edit source | edit]Edit
"Talk to Me" has appeared on following albums:
- Peppermint Creeps have covered the song for their cover album Cover Up.
Track listing[edit source | edit]Edit
UK and Irish single[edit source | edit]Edit
International single[edit source | edit]Edit
- A-side - "Talk to Me"
- B-side - "Naked City"
Japan single[edit source | edit]Edit
- A-side - "Talk to Me"
- B-side - "Easy As It Seems"
Personnel[edit source | edit]Edit
Credited personnel[edit source | edit]Edit
- Ace Frehley - lead guitar, lead vocals
- Paul Stanley - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Gene Simmons - bass guitar, backing vocals
- Peter Criss - drums
Uncredited personnel[edit source | edit]Edit
Charts[edit source | edit]Edit
|Netherlands||Dutch Top 40||34|
|Germany||Media Control Charts||32|
|Switzerland||Swiss Singles Chart||10|