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Links www. Counting the solo albums, Kiss has been awarded 28 gold albums to date, the most of any American rock band. Stanley became the "Starchild" because of his tendency to be referred to as the "starry-eyed lover" and "hopeless romantic".
The "Demon" makeup reflected Simmons' cynicism and dark sense of humor, as well as his affection for comic books. Frehley's "Spaceman" makeup was a reflection of his fondness for science fiction and his supposedly being from another planet.
Criss' "Catman" makeup was in accordance with the belief that he had nine lives because of his rough childhood in Brooklyn. Due to creative differences, both Criss and Frehley were out of the group by The band's commercial fortunes had Icy Blue Heart - Emmylou Harris - Bluebird considerably by that point.
Buoyed by a wave of Kiss nostalgia in the s, the band announced a reunion of the original lineup in Stanley and Simmons have remained the only two constant members. Kiss has been named in many "Top" lists. They recorded one album, which was shelved by Epic Records, and played a handful of live shows. Simmons and Stanley, feeling that a new musical direction was needed, abandoned Wicked Lester in and began forming a new group.
Criss auditioned for, and joined the new version of Wicked Lester. The trio focused on a much harder style of rock than Wicked Lester played. Inspired by the theatrics of Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls, they also began experimenting with their image by wearing makeup and various outfits. Although the Sunnuntai-iltana (Klo 21.00) - Yö - Niin Paljon Me Teihin Luotettiin went well, Ellis hated the group's image and music.
On top of that, as he was leaving, he was vomited on by Criss' brother. In early Januarythe group added lead guitarist Ace Frehley. Frehley impressed the group with his first audition, although he showed up wearing two different sneakers, one red and one orange.
A few weeks after Frehley joined, the Wicked Lester name was dropped and the band became Kiss. Criss mentioned that he was in a band called Lips, so Stanley said something to the effect of "What about Kiss? Therefore, to avoid controversy, since most of the band's album covers and merchandise in Germany have used a modified version of the logo instead, in which the letters "SS" look like the letters "ZZ" backwards.
The band's name has repeatedly been the subject of many rumors pertaining to its alleged hidden meanings.
These claims have been denied by Simmons himself. The first Kiss performance was on January 30,for an audience of three at the Popcorn Club renamed Coventry shortly afterward in Queens. For the first three gigs, January 30 to February 1, they wore little to no makeup; the iconic makeup designs associated with Kiss made their debut during the March shows at The Daisy in Amityville, NY.
On March 13 of that year, the band recorded a five-song demo tape with producer Eddie Kramer. Former TV director Bill Aucoin, who had seen the group at a handful of showcase concerts in the summer ofoffered to become the bands manager in mid-October. Kiss agreed, with the condition that Aucoin get them signed to a recording contract within two weeks. On November 1,Kiss became the first act signed to former teen pop singer and Buddah Records executive Neil Bogart's new label Casablanca Records.
It was at this concert that Simmons accidentally set Only A Northern Song - The Beatles - Yellow Submarine hair which was coated in hairspray ablaze for the first of many times while performing his inaugural firebreathing stunt.
The bands self-titled debut album, Kisswas released on February Casablanca and Kiss promoted the album heavily throughout the spring and summer of This broadcast included Simmons's first televised interview, a conversation with Douglas in which Simmons declared himself "evil incarnate," eliciting titters from an uncomfortable and largely confused studio audience.
Fellow guest Totie Fields remarked that it would be humorous if, beneath all the make-up, Simmons was "just a nice Jewish boy. You can't hide the hook," a reference to the Jewish nose. Despite the publicity and constant touring, Kiss initially sold just 75, copies.
Meanwhile, the group and Casablanca Records were losing money quickly. The band while touring stopped in Los Angeles in August to begin recording their second album, Hotter Than Hell, which was released on October 22, With Hotter Than Hell quickly dropping off the charts, Kiss was pulled from their tour to quickly record a new album.
Casablanca head Neil Bogart stepped in to produce the next album, trading in the murky, distorted sound of Hotter Than Hell for a cleaner and slightly poppier sound. Dressed to Killreleased on March 19,fared slightly better commercially than Hotter Than Hell. It also contained what later became the band's trademark song, "Rock and Roll All 1983 Interview - Kiss - Kissology: The Ultimate Kiss Collect. Although Kiss albums had not proved to be big sellers, the band was quickly gaining a reputation as a top-flight live act.
Kiss concerts featured things such as Simmons spitting "blood" primarily raw eggs and food coloring or "breathing fire" spitting flammable liquid at a torch ; Frehley soloing as his guitar burst into flames light and smoke bombs placed inside the guitar ; Criss's MTV Special: Kiss Unmasking - Sept.
18 drum riser that emitted sparks; Stanley's Townshend -style guitar smashing; and pyrotechnics throughout the show. By lateCasablanca was almost bankrupt and Kiss was in danger of losing their record contract.
Both parties desperately needed a commercial breakthrough if they were to survive. Kiss wanted to express the excitement felt at their concerts which their studio albums had so far failed to do with their first live album. Released on September 10,Alive!
In recent years the band admitted that additional audience noise had been added to the album, as well as overdubs on select guitar and Maidleich pluem - Ensemble Für Frühe Musik Augsburg - Mysterium Mariae - Marienlieder des Spätmittel spots, not to deceive fans, but to add more "excitement and realism" to the show.
The success of Alive! Following this MTV Special: Kiss Unmasking - Sept. 18, Kiss partnered with producer Bob Ezrinwho had previously worked with Alice Cooper.
The result was Destroyer released March 15,Kiss's most musically ambitious studio album to date. Destroyerwith its rather intricate production utilizing an orchestra, choir, and numerous tape effectswas a departure from the raw sound of the first three studio albums. Album art was designed by Ken Kelly, who had drawn Tarzan, Conan the Barbarian and who also worked with acts such as Rainbow and Manowar.
For many teenagers, this was their first exposure to Kiss' dramatic appearance. The show was co-produced by Bill Aucoin. In addition to the three performances, Kiss was the subject of a brief comedic "interview" conducted by Paul Lynde himself.
This included Lynde noting, when hearing the member's first names, "Oh, I love a good religious group. Two more highly successful studio albums were released in less than a year: Rock and Roll Over November 11, and Love Gun June 30, A second live album, Alive IIwas released on October 14, All three albums were certified platinum upon or soon after their release.
In Japan, Kiss performed five sold-out shows at Budokan Hall, breaking the previous record of four held by The Beatles. In MayKiss made their first of many comic appearances in Howard the Duck issue 12 published by Marvel. The first of The Destinations - Ive Got To Dance (To Keep From Cryin) is now many Kiss greatest hits albums, Double Platinumwas issued on April 2, This double album included many remixed versions of their hits, as well as "Strutter '78," a re-recorded version of one of the group's signature songs.
At Neil Bogart's request, the song was played in a style similar to the then-popular disco music. During this period, Kiss merchandise became a substantial source of income for the group. Some of the products released included a pair of comic books 1983 Interview - Kiss - Kissology: The Ultimate Kiss Collect by Marvel the 1983 Interview - Kiss - Kissology: The Ultimate Kiss Collect Haciendo Pan - Trio Servando Díaz* - Postales De Mi Terra of which contained ink mixed with actual blood donated by the groupa pinball machine, Kiss 1983 Interview - Kiss - Kissology: The Ultimate Kiss Collect, "Kiss Your Face Makeup" kits, Halloween masks, board games, bubble gum trading cards, and many other pieces of memorabilia.
Membership in the Kiss Army, the band's fan club, was in the six figures. Kiss was at its commercial peak by Alive II was the band's fourth platinum album in just under two years, and the ensuing tour. The group, along with creative manager Bill Aucoin, sought to take the band to the next level of popularity. To that end, an ambitious, two-pronged strategy was devised for The first part involved the simultaneous release of four solo albums from the members of Kiss.
Although Kiss has claimed that the solo albums were intended to ease rising tensions within the band, their record contract did in fact call for four solo records, with each of them counting as half an album toward the group's five-record commitment.
It was the first time that all current members of a rock band had released solo albums on the same day. For the band members, it was a chance to showcase their individual musical styles and tastes outside of Kiss, and in some cases to collaborate with contemporary artists.
Simmons' was the most eclectic of the four. It featured hard rock, ballads, Beatles -influenced pop, and ended with a straight cover of "When You Wish upon a Star" from the film Pinocchio. The Kiss solo albums were released on September 18, The marketing blitz 1983 Interview - Kiss - Kissology: The Ultimate Kiss Collect the albums was unprecedented. All four solo albums sold about as many copies as Love Gun alone.
Of the four, Frehley's album was the most successful although not by a huge margin and spawned the only radio top 20 hit Russ Ballard 's composition "New York Groove", originally performed by 1983 Interview - Kiss - Kissology: The Ultimate Kiss Collect. The second part of Kiss' and Aucoin's plan called for the band to appear in a film that would cement their image as larger than life superheroes. Filming commenced in the spring of Although the project was proposed to the band as a cross between A Hard Day's Night and Star Warsthe final results fell far short of those expectations.
The script underwent numerous rewrites, and the band particularly Criss and Frehley grew increasingly frustrated with the filmmaking process.
Despite scathing reviews, it was one of the highest-viewed TV films of the year. It was released theatrically, after many changes, outside the U.
While later interviews with band members would have them talk about their filmmaking experience with a mix of humorous embarrassment and regret as to the finished product, they were unhappy with the final product. They felt that the film ended up MTV Special: Kiss Unmasking - Sept. 18 them more as clowns than superheroes. The artistic failure of the film led to a rift between the band and Aucoin.
Kiss' first album of new material in two years, Dynasty May 22,continued its platinum streak. Session drummer Anton Fig did almost all the percussion on the album while Criss recovered from an automobile accident. Criss did play the drums on the song "Dirty Livin'", on which he also sang the lead. Billed as "The Return of Kiss," the Dynasty Tour was expected by Kiss and their management to build on the success of previous tours. Plans were drawn up for a Kiss-themed traveling amusement park, called "Kiss World", but were abandoned because of the immense costs involved.
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