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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 02 November 2016 at 3:45pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply


Not sure if I should turn in my KISS card, but DESTROYER is probably only in my #5 spot (though it does feature the single greatest song in their entire catalog: "Detroit Rock City" is their hard-rock masterpiece).

My #1 is neck & neck with the first KISS album, but I'd have to pick DRESSED TO KILL.


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Great choice.

"Detroit Rock City" is awesome. I prefer "God of Thunder" on that album, though. It's my favourite track. Like I said, so otherworldly and epic.

By the way, and this doesn't just apply to KISS, where do they get their energy from? Almost immortal. Well over 40+ years of KISS. I know some are no longer with us, but as a brand, how can KISS have had such longevity? It's pretty awe-inspiring.
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I like Love Gun,remember the vinyl edition had a cardboard `Love Gun` inside,plus nice art! I also like Dynasty AND The Elder! I must admit my favourite is Destroyer though,i remember seeing it in a shop window in 1976 and being captivated by the cover,but i had no means of buying it at that age! Then,in 1979 i had an after school job and bought Dynasty,but they mistakenly put the Destroyer album inside the cover(Remember when the empty covers were on display,but the sleeve containing the record was behind the counter?) i was initially disappointed when i got home,but upon hearing Destroyer,i made sure i bought that too when i returned it to the record shop!
I first saw them live in September 1980 at Bingley Hall,Stafford,not long after Eric Carr joined.
Have any of you read Paul Stanley`s autobiography? Well worth a read!
Here`s a question...what are your favourite solo albums from the 1978 quadruple release? I rate Paul and Ace`s equal number one,Gene`s number 2 and Peter`s is 3rd.
I remember getting the single release from each album,picture sleeve,with coloured vinyl matching the main hue of each album,plus a card mask of each member...so frustrating that i could never get the Ace single New York Groove on blue vinyl with mask!
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Posted: 03 November 2016 at 1:30pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I can't pick a favourite, but that quadruple release, wow. What a thing to do.

I have read Paul Stanley's autobiography. Like you, well worth a read.

I am gonna collect KISS all over again on vinyl. I did have some, but like anyone, I gravitated towards cassettes and CDs in the late 80s/early 90s, especially as vinyl went out of fashion.

I want DESTROYER on vinyl! :)
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I've read all the autobiographies EXCEPT Paul's. Can't find a cheap copy anywhere.

Gene's was just Gene being Gene. Jesus, he's a lot like Trump.

Pete's was pretty much, "those guys all fucked me. Even Ace. Fuck them, they still owe me money." Also reveals Ace fucked dudes on the road in the 70s.

Ace's was, "eh, maybe they fucked me. Fuck it, let's get drunk/ high."

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favorite album is ALIVE. If we're going studio albums, I'm going with HOTTER THAN HELL.

I'm probably the only KISS fan that actually liked, no, loved, CARNIVAL OF SOULS.

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Brian,i got the Kindle version for a reasonable price.I read Ace`s book,he seemed full of self pity and a bit of a dick,he kept saying he was clean/sober but the amount of U.K. tours he`s cancelled for not very convincing reasons worries me.Then there was him being bankrupt for reneging on a $700,000 mortgage a few years ago,made me wonder where the money he made from royalties went.I suspect Peter`s book is very similar!
As for Gene,yes he`s a bit of a Neanderthal and his `hair` is as ridiculous as Trump`s!
I was never into Grunge,so i avoided Carnival Of Souls,maybe i should check it out!
One thing i learned from reading the credits on Gene`s solo album...Katy Sagal(Peg Bundy of Married With Children/Leela from Futurama) did backing vocals!
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Had to share this tweet:

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Top 5 favorite albums:

1. DRESSED TO KILL
2. KISS
3. ALIVE!
4. ROCK AND ROLL OVER
5. DESTROYER

Haven't read any of the biographies, every one of them seems off-putting to me, for some reason. If I had to, I think the only one that would make sense for me to read would be Paul's... he seems like the most level-headed of the original line-up. Peter seems too angry, Ace too flaky, and if there's indeed a "Donald Trump" of the rock 'n roll world, it's gotta be Gene!



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What led you to KISS?

I came across them in the mid-80s. They looked cool. I had been into heavy metal for a while. And rock, too. And when I started buying their vinyl, it just clicked for me.

Thing is, people don't appreciate it in the internet age, but unless you were buying rock magazines regularly, the only way to discover a new band was serendipity. I discovered them (I wasn't born when they started their career). I enjoyed what I heard. And I've been a fan ever since.
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What led you to KISS?

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I was 4-5. My cousin had DESTROYER and RARO. I thought those covers were just about the coolest things ever. She gave me the albums and the rest is history.

 

Or, KISStory, if you will.

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I was never into Grunge,so i avoided Carnival Of Souls,maybe i should check it out!
 
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Hmmm. If you don't like grunge, maybe you shouldn't. Although, It's one of the best SOUNDING KISS albums ever.
 
I know they were just aping the style of what was popular at the time( a VERY popular theme with the band), but I thought they did a damn fine job in pulling it off.
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