"New York Groove" by Ace Frehley (VIDEO)
Watch the video for "New York Groove" by Ace Frehley, No. 45 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
45. Ace Frehley, "New York Groove" (1978)
The sole breakout hit from the matched set of Kiss solo albums unleashed in 1978, this Ace Frehley single didn't sound like the tunes the Spaceman had previously penned for the band. And for good reason: He didn't write it. U.K. keyboardist Russ Ballard wrote "New York Groove" in 1975, when it provided a minor hit for English glam band Hello. Frehley's take was allegedly inspired by Times Square hookers, which sheds light on drummer Anton Fig's crunching-footsteps beat.