Ace Frehley's new album, Origins Vol. 1 – due out April 15th – finds him covering songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy and other artists that have inspired him over the years. The LP also features his first recording with Paul Stanley, an impassioned interpretation of Free's "Fire and Water," in nearly two decades (Other guests on the record include Slash, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Lita Ford and Rob Zombie guitarist John 5). It was fitting then that we recently asked him to pick five songs that he wishes he had written – find out his picks below.
It's the first Who song that really grabbed me. I can't think of another rock song where the bassist takes the solo.
This is Jimmy Page at his best. I don't even know how to categorize it. It might be in its own category.
This is the first song that Gene, Paul and Peter played when I walked into the audition. It just grabs your attention right away.
Cream had a huge influence on my playing. This is a classic wah-wah song. I'd play it on my upcoming tour, but I don't use pedals because I might trip over them.
This is a real heavy song that just barrels through and has a cool breakdown with dual guitar leads playing the harmony part. It just has an awesome ambience.