History Music / KISS

9th Jul '17 11:37:55 AM Bartzv
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** Not just that, but Paul and Gene have said that they envision that their own stage persona's will be filled by other musicians after they retire. They want the band to keep going even after all of the original members are no longer performing.
11th Jun '17 8:06:53 AM EuroBurro
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KISS is an American rock band, formed in the [[TheSeventies January 1973]] in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. It is well known for the face paint and complex costumes worn by the band-members, and its [[GreatBallsOfFire theatrical concerts]], which involve, among other things, fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, and [[ImpressivePyrotechnics lots of pyrotechnics]]. The [[FaceOfTheBand most well-known members]] are front-man Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar; his stage persona is "Starchild", due to being a "starry-eyed lover" and "hopeless romantic", a little ironic as he's now HappilyMarried) and of course Series/{{Gene Simmons|FamilyJewels}} (bass; the "Demon", cynical and fan of dark elements, and also known for [[OverlyLongTongue his enormous tongue]]). The two other founding members are the guitarist Ace Frehley (the "Spaceman", a reflection of his fondness for science fiction and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} supposedly being from another planet]]) and drummer Peter Criss (the "Catman", in accordance with the belief that [[CatsHaveNineLives he had nine lives]] because of his rough childhood in Brooklyn.), whose make-ups are still worn by their current replacements, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer (respectively).

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KISS is an American rock band, formed in the [[TheSeventies January 1973]] in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. It is well known for the face paint and complex costumes worn by the band-members, and its [[GreatBallsOfFire theatrical concerts]], which involve, among other things, fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, and [[ImpressivePyrotechnics lots of pyrotechnics]]. The [[FaceOfTheBand most well-known members]] are front-man Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar; his stage persona is "Starchild", due to being a "starry-eyed lover" and "hopeless romantic", a little ironic as he's now HappilyMarried) and of course Series/{{Gene Simmons|FamilyJewels}} (bass; the "Demon", cynical and fan of dark elements, and also known for [[OverlyLongTongue his enormous tongue]]). The two other founding members are the guitarist Ace Frehley (the "Spaceman", a reflection of his fondness for science fiction and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} supposedly being from another planet]]) and drummer Peter Criss (the "Catman", in accordance with the belief that [[CatsHaveNineLives he had nine lives]] because of his rough childhood in Brooklyn.), whose make-ups are still worn by their current replacements, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer (respectively).



** Eric Carr did not record anything for "Revenge", outside of Carr Jam 1981. [[JustfiedTrope Justified]] however, since he was suffering from a rare form of cancer that killed him before the album was finished.



* BigApplesauce:

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* BigApplesauce: BigGuyLittleGuy: Eric Singer (5'6) as the little guy and Tommy Thayer (6'2), Gene Simmons (6'2) and Paul Stanley (6') as the big guys.
** In the 80s Eric Carr (5'7) was the smallest guy in the band, and shared the title with Vinnie Vincent (Also 5'7) for a while.
* BigApplesauce:



* HiddenDepths: Gene had been a teacher prior to his music career.



** Though he may seem like a boastful, womanizing egomaniac; Gene Simmons is actually a very shrewd businessman and investor.

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** Though he may seem like a boastful, womanizing egomaniac; Gene Simmons is actually a very shrewd businessman and investor.investor, as well as a former schoolteacher.
** Ace Frehley is mostly remembered for being the goofy guy in the group, despite having the higheat IQ in the band, a sucessful solo artist and a very talented guitaist [[BrilliantButLazy when not drunk]].



** Mark St John was a respected guitar teacher before joining Kiss.
** Vinnie Vincent was an accomplished musician, writing tracks for shows like Happy Days before joining Kiss.



* TheLeader: Paul since the mid 80s, after Gene attempts to launch a movie career.

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* TheLeader: Paul since the mid 80s, after Gene attempts to launch a movie career. Before and after that, Gene and Paul ran the show together, being the original members and all.


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** Their outfits in the mid-80s were androgynous at best.
31st May '17 7:18:07 AM HulkingChevon
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* CarefulWithThatAxe: Occasionally Gene, with probably the ''Lick It Up'' album featuring the most in a singular work.



* MetalScream: Gene and less-frequently Paul both did this, especially in the 80s. Paul favored more the 'clean' Type 4 variety, while Gene did more of a Type 3.

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* MetalScream: Gene and less-frequently Paul both did this, especially in the 80s. Paul favored more 80s with probably the 'clean' Type 4 variety, while Gene did more of ''Lick It Up'' album featuring the most in a Type 3.singular work.
30th May '17 6:40:14 AM HulkingChevon
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* GutturalGrowler: Gene Simmons. Evidence A: "God of Thunder".

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* GutturalGrowler: HarshVocals: Both Peter Criss and Gene Simmons.Simmons quite often. Evidence A: "God of Thunder".


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* MetalScream: Gene and less-frequently Paul both did this, especially in the 80s. Paul favored more the 'clean' Type 4 variety, while Gene did more of a Type 3.
30th May '17 1:21:16 AM BlackSwan81
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* SexyStewardess: "Room Service" invokes this.
-->My plane's delayed and I'm afraid
-->They're gonna keep me waiting here till nine
-->Then a stewardess in a tight blue dress says
-->"I got the time"
26th May '17 9:50:18 AM SnowHesher
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* {{Jailbait}}: "Christine Sixteen" is about an older man who becomes obsessed with a sixteen year old girl after he sees her walking out of her school. When the song was released, many radio stations refused to play it because of its subject.
20th May '17 4:14:29 PM nombretomado
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* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: Although they had started to drift toward HairMetal as early as their fifth studio album, ''Rock and Roll Over'', in 1976, in the 1980s Kiss fully embraced it, and their albums from the "non-makeup" years (1983-1992) sound drastically different from the "classic" Kiss sound, with fast (occasionally ''very'' fast) VanHalen-like solos. In part this was due to new guitarists - Vinnie Vincent, Mark St. John, Bruce Kulick - who sounded nothing like Ace Frehley. But it was also due to the band [[WereStillRelevantDammit having to adopt a grittier and more "controversial" image in order to keep pace with the bands they'd inspired]]. Thus, along with the usual goofy anthems about [[IntercourseWithYou sex]], there are a number of DarkerAndEdgier tunes with more of a "punk" attitude and even some [[PrecisionFStrike Precision F Strikes]] very much at odds with their former (relatively) kid-friendly image. The makeover was only partially successful, with Kiss having fallen into semi-obscurity by the late '80s and enjoying only scattered success until they put their makeup back on in 1996.

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* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: Although they had started to drift toward HairMetal as early as their fifth studio album, ''Rock and Roll Over'', in 1976, in the 1980s Kiss fully embraced it, and their albums from the "non-makeup" years (1983-1992) sound drastically different from the "classic" Kiss sound, with fast (occasionally ''very'' fast) VanHalen-like Music/VanHalen-like solos. In part this was due to new guitarists - Vinnie Vincent, Mark St. John, Bruce Kulick - who sounded nothing like Ace Frehley. But it was also due to the band [[WereStillRelevantDammit having to adopt a grittier and more "controversial" image in order to keep pace with the bands they'd inspired]]. Thus, along with the usual goofy anthems about [[IntercourseWithYou sex]], there are a number of DarkerAndEdgier tunes with more of a "punk" attitude and even some [[PrecisionFStrike Precision F Strikes]] very much at odds with their former (relatively) kid-friendly image. The makeover was only partially successful, with Kiss having fallen into semi-obscurity by the late '80s and enjoying only scattered success until they put their makeup back on in 1996.
16th May '17 4:29:11 PM R.G.
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Not to be confused with {{kissing|Tropes}}, the book ''Literature/{{Kiss}}'', or the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_principle KISS principle]].

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Not to be confused with {{kissing|Tropes}}, a song by ''Music/{{Prince}}'', the book ''Literature/{{Kiss}}'', or the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_principle KISS principle]].
5th May '17 9:07:09 AM HulkingChevon
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* CarefulWithThatAxe: Occasionally Gene, with probably the ''Lick It Up'' album featuring the most in a singular work.
12th Apr '17 11:04:50 AM 123456789
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* AskAStupidQuestion: On their infamous 1979 appearance on Tom Snyder, we have [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He6t9JkDUMY this]].

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* AskAStupidQuestion: On their infamous 1979 appearance on Tom Snyder, we have [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He6t9JkDUMY this]].this]]:
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