Vinnie Vincent Tribute Adds C.C. Banana, Ted Poley Song


August 11, 2008

SplitScreen Entertainment has announced the late addition of a bonus track to its upcoming tribute album “KISS MY ANKH: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent.”

Rock & roll comic C.C. Banana, known for his outrageous interviews with rockers and other celebrities, has written a new song parody exclusively for this project. The song is a comedic take on the Gene Simmons/Vinnie Vincent classic “Unholy,” rewritten as a roast of Danger Danger vocalist Ted Poley. Despite its humorous overtones, the track is an appropriately heavy recreation of the Kiss original, featuring a guitar solo by Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), guitars and bass by Paul LaPlaca (Zandelle, Z02, Chris Caffery solo band), drums by Dennis Leeflang (Sun Caged, Epica, Bumblefoot solo band) and background vocals by Kelli McCloud (Queen of the Reich) and Vic Rivera (AdrianGale, Crunch, Poley/Rivera). A sample of the parody is now available at the official “KISS MY ANKH” MySpace page, along with samples of all other songs on the tribute.

Below are statements from C.C. Banana and Ted Poley himself, explaining the unlikely series of events that led to the inclusion of a Ted Poley tribute song on a Vinnie Vincent tribute album.

Ted Poley: “In 1992, Danger Danger was opening for Kiss on the UK leg of the Revenge Tour. One night after our set I was backstage walking down the corridor toward our dressing room, when suddenly Paul Stanley entered from the other end! Paul has always been one of my heroes and it was a tremendous honor to be out on tour with him and Kiss. When I saw him approaching, I really wanted to say hello and introduce myself… but I got starstruck and lost my nerve! So I ended up just looking down at my shoes and walking past without saying anything. But when I got to the other end of the hallway, I heard Paul belting out my name at the top of his lungs… to the tune of their new single “Unholy!” The words and melody just fit perfectly. “Ted Poh-laaaaayyyyy!” I don’t care if this sounds lame, but that was one of the greatest moments of my life!”

C.C. Banana: “Immediately after I heard Ted’s story, I knew I had to write the song parody! Even though he is known for being a fairly levelheaded guy, I thought it would be funny to paint a picture of a Ted Poley whose rock star ego is completely out of control. A man whose sense of self-importance became overinflated at the peak of his fame and kept right on growing. In other words, what if Ted Poley were more like Gene Simmons, the man who sang “Unholy” in the first place? That, my friends, is the circle of life.”

A video clip of C.C. Banana announcing his participation in “KISS MY ANKH” during an episode of “Talking Metal on Fuse” is available at the following link:

The final track listing for “KISS MY ANKH: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent” is now as follows:

1. Killer – DoubleVirgo
2. I Still Love You – Gods of Fire
3. Lick It Up – Future 86
4. A Million To One – Steve Brown
5. Boyz Are Gonna Rock – Mike Weeks (with Andre LaBelle and T.J. Racer)
6. Back on the Streets – Jazan Wild
7. That Time of Year – Sheldon Tarsha, Ryan Roxie, Marko Pukkila, Troy Patrick Farrell
8. Love Kills – Vic Rivera / Kelli McCloud
9. Unholy – Curse God and Die
10. I Just Wanna – The Dead Zoo Keepers
11. Ted Poley – C.C. Banana

“KISS MY ANKH: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent” became available for pre-order in honor of Vinnie Vincent’s birthday on August 6th and is scheduled for release on August 27th. Further details can be found at the SplitScreen Entertainment website.

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