10 Things You May Not Know About KISS

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This week, KISS mogul Gene Simmons celebrated his 62nd birthday, probably surrounded by dozens of strippers in KISS panties, swinging on KISS sex swings, while pouring wax from KISS candles onto their KISS tramp-stamp tattoos. Damn, that actually sounds kind of hot, come to think of it.

For this weeks batch of creamy rock facts, we took on KISS, one of the most beloved bands on Earth. Houston hasn't seen any shortage of KISS in the past few years, as the band has been here about three times since 2009, with the last appearance coming at this year's RodeoHouston.

Previously, we've been flying solo on these fact sheets, but this time around we enlisted the help of the biggest KISS fan we know, one Jarod Frank. Frank works in the radio industry, including a DJ slot over at the old 107.5 The Buzz from 1995 to 1999, when they were playing the bands we love that now influence all the bands we don't like on the station today. Now he works for CBS Radio Houston.

Frank currently makes time with Sunsett Stripperz, an '80s hair-metal tribute band that will be at House of Blues next Friday, and a newer project, Foo Fakers, which pays tribute to the Foo Fighters. On top of all this, you can usually see him at most every big old-school metal show in town.

We asked Frank to help us with this list, so as not to run too terribly afoul of the super-fans that KISS has amassed. For the record, our favorite KISS album is 1979's Dynasty, because it has a nasty groove you can dance to.


Peter Criss, disgruntled during and after the filming of 1978's KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, had his voice replaced in the entire movie because he refused to show up for the looping sessions in post-production. The movie was being produced in part by Hanna-Barbera, so it makes sense that they used a voice from their stable to fill in for Criss - Michael Bell, who was doing the voice of Plastic Man as well as Zan and Gleek from the Superfriends' Wonder Twins.


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Bruce Kulick's pre-KISS band, Blackjack, has other connections to KISS besides Bruce being the band's fourth lead guitar player. The group's lead singer, Michael Boloton - later changed to Michael Bolton; yes, that Michael Bolton - co-wrote KISS's most recent Top 10 hit, "Forever," with Paul Stanley in 1989. Blackjack's bassist, Jimmy Haslip, pinch-hit for Gene Simmons when some of the bass lines on 1982's Creatures of the Night proved to be a little tricky.


KISS had 12 albums that came with some sort of goodie for fans. Posters were included in Dynasty and Unmasked. All four members' 1978 solo albums came with posters that fit together as one big mural. Rock And Roll Over had stickers, Alive II had temporary tattoos, and you got toy cardboard pop gun with Love Gun.


Katey Sagal, Peg Bundy from Married... With Children and the biker mama on Sons of Anarchy, sings back-up on Gene Simmons' 1978 solo album.


Ace Frehley's solo in "She" is ripped off from The Doors' "Five To One." Interestingly enough, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready admitted to ripping off the solo in "Alive" from "She."


Paul Stanley always said he wrote "Hard Luck Woman" for Rod Stewart, but it's never clear if it was ever presented to him for Stewart's own use. Still others say that after the success of "Beth," the band, or their record company, decided to keep it for Criss to sing on the band's next record to capitalize.



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Pete Vonder Haar
Pete Vonder Haar

I heard the letters "KISS" stand for "Knights In Satan's Service!"

Chuckiezee
Chuckiezee

As for Bruce Kulick....His brother Bob did quiet a bit of guitar work in the studio on Kiss sessions going back as far as Destroyer in 1976

Eric Smith
Eric Smith

Now, let's get something straight. If you are a KISS fan, like some on here claim to be, and you DON'T know all the things on this list, then you need to go back to the school of hard rock. EVERY KISS fan knows all this stuff on this list and shame on the person who wrote this article.

Dmendel001
Dmendel001

i wonder who would have sang the beatle song" Come Together "  paul or gene? what do guys think? Steven Tyler was great singing it

Scott
Scott

Alive (souvenir book), Rock and Roll Over (sticker), Love Gun (cardboard gun), Alive II (tattoos, souvenir book), all 4 solo albums (posters), Dynasty (poster), Unmasked (poster).  That's 10, NOT 12. 

Kensomething10
Kensomething10

I LOVE KISS and have followed them from the beginning. But this "fact sheet", like everything else "KISS" is probably B.S. Over the years, they have made $%^& up to suit what ever that period of time called for, so who knows what the truth really is. Even Family Jewels is fake :S

Derzwerg73
Derzwerg73

I thought Ace's voice was the one replaced in Phantom of the Park?? Am I wrong?

Stefan Williams Hansen
Stefan Williams Hansen

The first band whose music I loved. It was never about the costumes or any of that stuff. A friend just gave me a tape with some songs from the "Creatures of the Night" and I was hooked. Didn't know that Gene tried to get The Beatles to guest on his solo album. I must be getting old.

Joizeyboi
Joizeyboi

Ees goood, no?  Kees good bond, ya?

GlenW
GlenW

Destroyer was the first record I ever bought. I was in the 2nd grade when it came out in 1976. My friends said it was really cool. I still have it of course, and even got Gene and Paul to sign it when they were promoting Alive III in the early 90's.But the more I read about them, the more I wish they would stop it already.Alive! is still one of my favorite albums. I've played it at partys over the years and people say, "who's that? That's pretty good".\m/

DmoodyD
DmoodyD

I am a loser for knowing all this.  I need to be shot. 

Jarod Frank
Jarod Frank

Not listed were The Originals (sticker, cards, booklet) and Double Platinum (platinum award). The Originals II, available only in Japan, had KISS masks you could punch out and wear.

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

Why would I spend time making up fake facts about KISS? Why?

Eric Smith
Eric Smith

Hate to tell you dude, but the stuff on this list is TRUE. And if you love KISS like you claim, then, like every KISS fan, you would have known this stuff. So I don't think you love them like you claim.

josephc
josephc

There is no BS in any of this. I have been a fan since 79 (when I was 8). Everything that is on this fact sheet is information that I have known about for years and years. So, no. I can honestly say that I don't think any of this is BS.

Eric Smith
Eric Smith

It was his presence that was replaced during the stage fight scene toward the end of the movie. Weird thing is, his stunt double was black. If you watch that scene, you can tell it is not him.

John Hillier
John Hillier

I thought so too, but after looking on a few sites this is what I found.

Criss's dialogue in the film had to be over-dubbed by well-known voice actor Michael Bell[5] (who had worked with producer Joseph Barbera on a number of past projects), as he refused to participate in post-production. The only time Criss's actual voice is heard in the movie is during an acoustic performance of "Beth." (Criss denies this story, stating that he "went to all the looping.")[1]On a few occasions, Frehley left the set during filming due to arguments with the film's director. In one scene that Frehley abandoned, his African American stunt double can be clearly seen instead.[1]

Kensomething10
Kensomething10

@jo- thing is jo, over the years, we've been fed so much "info" that turned out to be lies ( but hey! It sounded good!) that I don't believe ANYTHING I hear in regards to KISS or Gene and take it strictly at entertainment value. All of it. Just. Too. Much. B.S. over the years, know what I mean? even the common knowledge that " Alive I and Alive II" aren't live :S

Kensomething10
Kensomething10

the only thing "live" on the "Alive" album is the crowd. Ace, bless him, stunk live because he was "pickled". Paul didn't like his guitar or vocals. Gene, being a perfectionist, didn't like his vocals. The only thing live on Alive was the crowd, and even that was looped to sound larger than it was. Do your research. I don't mean to burst bubbles here, but its true. It's common knowledge. You obviously have a computer and the internet. Google it. Was it a good album? NO! Was it the best "live" album of all time? "F$%^ YEAH!!!" BEST EVER! Manufactured....editied, fake if you want... but yeah, best ever. Did it have a HUGE influence on other artists!?! OBVIOUSLY. But like everything Kiss, just like wrestling ( sigh, lemme guess, you think thats real too, just like, I dunno, "The Young and the Restless") it. IS. Fake. It's a gimmick. It's entertaining, I Love IT! (loud) but its not real. Sorry. BTW, either is the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy, or ... brace yourself.... Santa 

Insygerma
Insygerma

No "live" album for the most part is 100% live anyway. KISS took it a but further by adding more effects and totally redoing all of Aces solos and adding guitar parts. Its what makes that album special (Alive!). Without it, their career could have been cut short because their label (Casablanca) was about ready to go belly up before the release of this album. Live albums before this tanked (by many artists) so the band wanted to make sure it sounded good. After this it paved the was for epic live albums to come about (Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Ozzy, ect.). This album no matter how studio it ended up helped to change Rock Music and set a standard that continues today.

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