It is nearly impossible to imagine a world without Kiss at this point. Whether you are a full-on soldier in the Kiss Army or you can’t stand them at all, you are always made aware that they exist even now. Gene Simmons’ combination of business savvy and brazen brand-whoring assures that. In October of 1974, however, things were much more tentative. A small group of fans had gravitated to that weird first album of theirs, more than a passing nod to one of Simmons’ idols The Beatles. The demonic kabuki makeup and glitter-bomb logo told a different story. Even in the rough ‘n ready world of hard rock in the early 1970s, the eponymous debut rougher, which is a polite way of saying it was recorded on the relative cheap and sounded that way. Even with the benefit of a little more money and a better recording studio, 1974’s Hotter Than Hell still wasn’t going to become an audiophile’s demo disc for their “killer stereo setup.” The material that would comprise Hotter Than Hell would …
Is Paul Stanley’s epitaph: “Loving father and husband; asshole bandmate?”
When they took off the makeup, did KISS have good records? Um, yeah!
Proving once and for all that they care about the fans, Kiss has decided not to play with their most popular lineup at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Having trouble finding the words to tell someone you love them? Just print out one of these romantic Kiss Greeting Kards!
A countdown of the Top 10 songs written or performed by Ace Frehley, both as the lead guitarist in Kiss and as a solo artist.
Could it really be Kiss?
There are a lot of great music autobiographies out there, but there are great ones still to be written. Chris Holmes counts down the Top 5.
Do you remember the first full-length LP you ever bought? Mine was Kiss’ Destroyer, which I purchased in 1976 at the ripe old age of 10. I got it at the Post Exchange and then waited for my dad to come home from work so that I could listen to …
KISS is back with a new single! Check out the lyric video and let us know what you think!
Cory Smoot’s bandmembers in GWAR pay him the highest tribute a bemasked band can.
Don’t you just wish you could just enjoy your favorite bands without a singer getting in the way for once? Your wish is this week’s Popdose mixtape’s command.
Part 18 is a short one in order to make a clean break from the letter F, but most of the songs are quality and that’s what counts, right? Enjoy some more tracks that hit the rock charts in the ’80s but failed to cross over onto the Billboard Hot 100. Peter Frampton “Breaking All the Rules” 1981, #12 (download) “Holding On To You” 1989, #27 (download) The ‘80s were certainly not kind to Peter Frampton. He released four studio albums in the decade with 1981’s Breaking All the Rules being the most listenable of the group. 1982’s Art of Control is a hot mess and 1986’s Premonition and 1989’s Where All the Pieces Fit were only slightly better. I actually like “Breaking All the Rules” very much, even though on the album it gets buried as the last cut. But “Holding On To You” is total slicked up bullshit. Franke & the Knockouts “Come Back” 1981, #45 (download) “Never Had It Better” 1982 #38 (download) Franke & the Knockouts has always been the most surprising …
Any good label manager would tell you: don’t name your album something a reviewer could turn into a catchy, snarky counterpoint. But as we know far too well, most of the labels are hanging by a thread, the management inside reduced to bean counters versus quality controllers and, heck, if Hollywood keeps naming their movies in blindly self-insulting ways, why can’t the record industry follow suit? Besides, we’re talking about Kiss here, who have built an iron-clad and insular fanbase that views such flaunting of common sense as an act of rebellion. Who cares if the new album Sonic Boom, the first since 1998’s Psycho Circus, opens itself up to opening paragraphs such as this, begging the question, “Boom or Bust?” What really matters is if the band has spent the decade-long downtime productively or not, and luckily for you, the Popdose staff has gone through the work of sussing it out so you don’t have to. Strap on your steel dragon-face boots, smear on your kabuki greasepaint and shake off your love gun. It’s …
Yeah, we know it’s only Tuesday, but it’s never too early to rock — so break out the greasepaint and the studded leather, ’cause John Young is ready to give you some KISS!
Here we go again — John C. Hughes and the world’s foremost Belinda Carlisle impersonator, a.k.a. his buddy Matty (or “Bearlinda,” if you prefer), knock back some booze and review some singles, homo style. This week your rainbeaux duo take a listen to songs by the B-52’s, R.E.M., Cheap Trick, Ace Frehley, and Nick Gilder while discussing high school rock bands, White Castle sliders, and Kate & Allie. Enjoy, and as always, MP3s of the songs are below so you can follow along at home.The B-52’s — “Give Me Back My Man” (download) R.E.M. — “Supernatural Superserious” (download) Ace Frehley — “New York Groove” (download) Cheap Trick — “Elo Kiddies” (download) Nick Gilder — “Hot Child in the City” (download)