Kiss Go Through Hell For “Hotter Than Hell”

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’ ...

The Friday Five: August 29, 2014

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a ...

Book Review: “Face the Music: A Life Exposed”

For those of you conditioned to the narrative of Vh1’s “Behind the Music” series, you know the stories follow roughly the same arc: struggling musician hits big with a song or album. Money flows. Sex is freely available. Drugs are ...

Top Five Non-Makeup KISS Albums

Now that KISS is finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there’s been some rather pissy talk from the original members about excluding members of the band who played with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley after Peter Criss ...

Alice Cooper’s Most Perverse Trick

KISS gets a lot of stick for decisions they’ve made over the years, and some of that is deserved. One I always felt was uncalled for was the antipathy, and often downright hatred, for the song “Beth.” Those who discount that track ...

Neil Peart and Peter Criss, BFF

Even casual Kiss and Rush fans are well aware that the two bands toured together in 1975. What they didn’t know was that from that tour, a true but tempestuous friendship between drumming legends Peter Criss and Neil Peart was ...

Review: Cheap Trick – The Classic Albums 1977-1979

Record Store Day isn’t just in the spring anymore. The annual tradition now happens twice a year, once in the spring, and once on Black Friday. Since you’re already out spending enormous amounts of money on enormous electronic devices, seek out ...

20 Awful Album Covers (from Artists Who Should Know Better)

Look, I won’t insult your intelligence by pretending that there aren’t already at least three or four lists of the worst album covers ever out there on the internet. You know it and I know it. But this one is different, I ...

7 Musical Careers Impacted By Injuries and Illness

I’m not a person who’s very good at overcoming adversity. Just the other day one of my contact lenses was bothering me and I called out sick from work. So I know little of what it takes to reach the heights of ...

10 Great Kiss Greeting Card Song Lyrics

Just because it’s not even close to Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you should pass up the opportunity to tell someone special to you how much you care about them. But man, the typical store-bought greeting card just feels so generic and impersonal. ...

Top 10 Rock Songs About… Rock

Typically, writing a rock and roll song about rock and roll is a pretty lame move. It’s sort of like writing a poem about writing poetry. By virtue of the fact that we’re listening to a rock song we’ve pretty much established ...

Rob Smith Can’t Say No: Leroy Justice

Even though I pretty much shut this column down a while back, my friend/editor/collaborator/occasional thorn-in-side Jeff Giles (y’all) will occasionally try to lure me back to it, quite often with the difficult-to-resist bait of new work from the ...

You’re Dead to Us…Movies Starring Pop Stars

In which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the fragmentation of culture, or merely the fickle nature of fads. 

Teen idols come and go, but the concept never leaves ...

Top 10 Weird Hidden Album Tracks

While most bands are happy to have recorded any songs that people want to listen to, some relish in going out of their way to hide songs. Whether they’re left in weird places on records or CDs, or just tacked on ...

Top 10 Ace Frehley Songs (Kiss and Solo)

There are two groups of music fans when it comes to Kiss co-founder and all-around weird guy Ace Frehley — those who love his songs and those who only think they don’t love his songs. I am firmly in the former ...

6 Musical Cruises to Make You Wish for a Hurricane

The nice thing about attending a music festival or convention is that for a reasonable ticket price you can roll in at the last minute, listen to some of your favorite bands, maybe hit up a few booths selling overpriced merchandise, ...

CD Review: Kiss, “Monster”

You can be dumb, but not dumb and lazy. That’s my take on things because if you look at my music collection, you’ll find a lot of stuff that’s dumb, childish, perhaps lacking ambition or anything remotely similar to ...

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’90s, Vol. 46

With Bottom Feeders we take a look at the songs on the Billboard Hot 100 that only got a little love. It’s an A-Z look at songs that charted no higher than #41 in the decade. Take a listen, enjoy and ...

Top 5 Music Autobiographies That Need to Be Written

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley recently admitted that he’s working on his autobiography, making him the last of the original four members to do so. I’m guessing that as far as the ratio of honest insight to revisionist bullshit goes, the Starchild’s ...

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: For Music Lovers

I was always easy to buy for during the holidays. One Christmas my mom bought me The Cars’ Shake It Up and my sister got me The Police’s Ghost In The Machine. My uncle got me Steve Miller’s Book Of ...

Popdose at Kirkus Reviews: The “KISS FAQ” Gets Its Licks In

 For almost 80 years, Kirkus Reviews has served as the industry bible for bookstore buyers, librarians, and ordinary readers alike. Now Popdose joins the Kirkus Book Bloggers Network to explore the best — and sometimes the worst — in pop-culture and ...

Spin Cycle: Kiss, Destroyer [Resurrected]

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 ...

CD Review: Kiss, “Destroyer: Resurrected”

When Destroyer came out it was hotly anticipated by what was quickly becoming “the Kiss Army.” Before their fourth release, the Alive! live album, there purportedly was a lot of worrying behind the scenes over whether they were going to hold ...

2012 Outlook: Jeff Lynne, Katatonia, And Reissues Galore

2012 has been a pretty awesome year for music (so far) and it is not over yet. Starting out with the return of new music from old favorites, as well as newer favorites receiving justified attention, the year seemed to be ...

The Friday Five: May 18, 2012

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have ...

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