New York Groove

New York Groove
"New York Groove"
Single by Ace Frehley
from the album Ace Frehley
Released 1978 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Plaze Sound Studios,
New York City: 1978
Genre Funk rock, glam rock
Length 3:01
Label Casablanca NB-941 (US)
Producer Eddie Kramer and Ace Frehley
Ace Frehley singles chronology
"Radioactive" / "See You In Your Dreams"
"New York Groove" / "Snow Blind"
"Don't You Let Me Down"

"New York Groove" is a song written by Russ Ballard and first recorded by Hello in 1975 and later by Ace Frehley in 1978.


The British glam rock band Hello first recorded the song in 1975, for their debut album, Keeps Us Off The Streets. This version of the song is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV on the in-game radio station Liberty Rock Radio.

The song was a top 10 hit in the UK, which was a sign of the band's importance in British glam rock. In Germany, the boys from London reached No.7 in February 1976, although their chart entry was four months before in October 1975. On the 6th of December, Hello played their smash hit "New York Groove" on Germany's popular TV show "Disco '75" at the end of the show. At the end of 1975, "New York Groove" was No.1 on the WDR2-Charts "Discothek im WDR" as well as on the "WDR2-Schlagerrallye".

Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley recorded the song for his solo album released in 1978.

Frehley, like the other then-current members of Kiss, recorded and released a solo album. Released as a single, this song made it to No.13 on the American Billboard Hot 100 that year, by far the highest charting single from any of the Kiss members' solo albums. "New York Groove" was performed on Kiss's tours of 1979 and 1980, and became a staple of Frehley's shows during his solo tours in the 1980s and 90s, and again during the Reunion Tour when he rejoined Kiss in 1996.

A live version of the song can be found on the Japanese version of the 1996 album You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! (and the U.S. vinyl version) recorded in Sydney, Australia in 1980 which would also make it one of the few live recordings released by the group to feature long time drummer Eric Carr.

Ace Frehley once told Rolling Stone magazine that his unique take on the song was inspired by his experience with hookers in New York City's pre-Rudy Giuliani Times Square.

Commercial, film and other uses

The Ace Frehley recording features in the 2006 film A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and the Oscar-winning 2010 documentary Inside Job. It has been played on USA Network in a promo for the series White Collar, as well as in promos and later served as the theme song for the TLC network reality series NY Ink.

The melody of the song inspired Argentine rock band Soda Stereo for writing the song "Zoom" for the album Sueño Stereo in 1995. The song was also sampled in Brooks Buford's song of the same title.

The New York Giants use "New York Groove" at home games after scoring a touchdown.

In 2011: theme song from the reality tv show NY Ink, a spin-off from Miami Ink.

It was also featured in in the video game Grand Theft Auto 4.

You can enjoy the song at the end of DON GATO Y SU PANDILLA pelicula animada del 2011.

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