Set in a melodramatic reality where Freddy Krueger is the ultimate victor, the band’s ballad seems captured in a dream.

Movie watching has always been a big past time for me but more so now with the ‘self-isolation’ mandate. I’m a big fan of A Nightmare On Elm Street and decided to re-watch the entire theatrical series.

When I was checking out A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, I realized Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion had contributed to the soundtrack. I hadn’t thought about Vinnie Vincent or Invasion for years, it was time to re-visit them.

Vincent John Cusano aka Vinnie Vincent picked up a guitar at an early age. He began his musical career as a staff songwriter for the television series Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi but he got his big break back in 1982 when he hooked up with the band Kiss. Contributing both lyrically and musically, Vincent played a part in three Kiss releases: Creatures Of  The Night (1982), Lick It Up (1983) and Revenge (1992).

Contract disputes forced Vincent out of the band in 1984. He bounced back two years later with his own band Vinnie Vincent Invasion.

The group went on to release two full length albums: Vinnie Vincent Invasion (1986) and All Systems Go (1988). Vinnie Vincent’s band toured the globe opening for high profile acts such as Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden. The band broke up in 1989.

Although both albums have memorable tracks, the song “Animal” from the self-titled release was featured in the movie Summer School (1987), I’ve always identified with the sophomore effort. I thought Vinnie paired with vocalist Mark Slaughter was a deadly combination. Robert Fleischman, a former vocalist of the band Journey, performed on the Invasion debut album but departed the group before any music videos were shot. That’s why we see Mark Slaughter lip-synching in the “Boyz Are Gonna Rock” video.

All Systems Go peaked at No. 64 on the Billboard music charts.  Two singles from the album, “Love Kills” and “That Time Of Year” were released with music videos. “Love Kills” was featured on the soundtrack for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream MasterMTV hosted an hour-long episode for the film which featured Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger with special guest Vinnie Vincent, there to promote his band’s new music video.

“Love Kills” reinforces Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion as a force to be reckoned with. A performance offering with a ton of great theatrical clips woven in.

Set in a melodramatic reality where Freddy Krueger is the ultimate victor, this rock ballad seems captured in a dream.

The movie clips are fantastic, the shots of Vinnie dressed as Freddy are frighteningly memorable.

We all know Mark Slaughter went on to form his own band (Slaughter) with Invasion bassist Dana Strum, which was successful in its own right but paired with the axe-mastery and lyrical skills of Vinnie Vincent, who knows where this band could have gone.

Check out “Love Kills and propel yourself back to the glory days of 1988, a time when horror and metal ruled the world! \m/

Vinnie Vinncent Invasion (1988):

  • Mark Slaughter – Vocals
  • Vinnie Vincent – Guitar
  • Dana Strum – Bass
  • Bobby Rock – Drums
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