I was very happy to see the pro-Kiss comments on yesterday's post.
Shriner stating "Yes, I love "Dynasty" and "Unmasked" and 3 of the 4 solo albums." (Me too, Shriner.)
A Walk In The Woods pointing out that "What's On Your Mind? is way more Todd Rundgren than metal." He is referring to a track from Ace Frehley's solo record and you know what? He's right.
The band and its four original members are easy targets for good reason. Let's face it, they've been playing music for over 40 years and they still can't play their instruments. (See? Cheap shot.)
I won't discuss the merits of their music post-1980. Post-makeup Kiss lost its charm and its sense of humour. But up until then, these guys knew how to write a hook.
In 1996, the four original members put the make-up back on and reunited for a tour. I went to one of the Madison Square Garden shows and bumped into my old friend John who had been a Kiss fanatic and Kiss Army member since day one. We hugged and he asked, "Were you here last night?" I said no and asked how the show was. John said, "Oh man! It was unreal! Great set list. The explosions, the blood, the...oh wait. You saw them back in the day, right?" I said, "Yes of course." John said, "Right. Then the show sucked. You'll see."
Three videos below, one each from Paul, Gene, and Ace's solo records, including Ace's Rundgren-esque song mentioned above. Paul's "Wouldn't You Like To Know Me" sounds more than a bit like the Raspberries and Gene's acoustic ballad is very Beatle-esque.
Let's see how these grab ya.