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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 03: Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Paul Stanley of KISS, perform during their opening show for the Australian leg of their 40th anniversary world tour at Perth Arena on October 3, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

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KISS: “Cold Gin”

The Hook: Ace wrote it and still plays it at his own shows, even though he doesn’t relate to it like he used to.

Album: KISS

Year: 1974

Writer: Ace Frehley

Stats: Never released as a single, it was a live standout while Ace was in the band and still gets Classic Rock radio airplay.

Background: Lead guitarist Ace Frehley got a solo songwriter’s credit for the KISS classic “Cold Gin,” from their self-titled debut. It’s the only solo credit he received on that album, but he tells us that he did actually have some help with it from one of his bandmates.

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley on “Cold Gin.” OC:..my heart [Laughs]. :26

“That was a song in those days that was dear to my heart. [Laughs] I had come up with that riff. I didn’t give Gene writing credit on that, but he actually came up with the bridge breakdown section – he came up with those riffs on bass. That’s a great song to play live, ‘cause that’s just a catchy riff. It’s easy to play. I mean, it’s a little weird singing about cold gin because I been sober now for eight years, but it’s such a crowd-pleaser I just gotta ignore that. [Laughs]”