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[-[[caption-width-right:360:The current line-up since March 2004. From left to right: Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer.]]-]

->''"[[IncomingHam Alright, TV Tropes! You wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest band in the world, KISS!]]"''

'''KISS''' is an American rock band, formed in the [[TheSeventies December 1972]] 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).

The band also made a full-length horror film, ''Film/KISSMeetsThePhantomOfThePark'' (1978). [[OldShame They don't like to talk about it.]]

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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!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold''', current members in ''italic''):

* Paul Caravello (Eric Carr) - drums, percussion, guitar, backing and lead vocals, bass (1980-1991, died 1991)
* '''George Criscuola (Peter Criss)''' - drums, percussion, lead vocals (1972–1980, 1996–2001, 2002–2004)
* Vincent Cusano (Vinnie Vincent) - guitar, vocals (1982-1984)
* '''''Stanley Eisen (Paul Stanley)''''' - lead vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard (1972-Present)
* '''Paul "Ace" Frehley''' - guitar, bass, backing and lead vocals (1972–1982, 1996–2002)
* Bruce Kulick - guitar, bass, backing and lead vocals (1984-1996)
* ''Eric Mensinger (Eric Singer)'' - drums, backing and lead vocals (1991–1996, 2001–2002, 2004-Present)
* Mark Norton (Mark St. John) - guitar (1984, died 2007)
* ''Tommy Thayer'' - guitar, backing and lead vocals (2002-Present)
* '''''Chaim Witz (Gene Simmons)''''' - lead vocals, bass, guitar (1972-Present)

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!!Studio Discography:

* 1974 – ''KISS''
* 1974 – ''Hotter Than Hell''
* 1975 – ''Dressed To Kill''
* 1976 – ''Destroyer''
* 1976 – ''Rock And Roll Over''
* 1977 – ''Love Gun''
* 1979 – ''Dynasty''
* 1980 – ''Unmasked''
* 1981 – ''Music/MusicFromTheElder''
* 1982 – ''Creatures Of The Night''
* 1983 – ''Lick It Up''
* 1984 – ''Animalize''
* 1985 – ''Asylum''
* 1987 – ''Crazy Nights''
* 1989 – ''Hot In The Shade''
* 1992 – ''Revenge''
* 1997 – ''Carnival Of Souls: The Final Sessions''
* 1998 – ''Psycho Circus''
* 2009 – ''Sonic Boom''
* 2012 – ''Monster''

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!!Live Discography:

* 1975 – ''Alive!''
* 1977 – ''Alive II''
* 1993 – ''Alive III''
* 1996 – ''KISS Unplugged''
* 1996 – ''You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best !!''
* 2003 – ''Kiss Symphony: Alive IV''
* 2004 – ''Kiss Instant Live''
* 2006 – ''Alive! The Millennium Concert''
* 2008 – ''KISS Alive 35''
* 2010 – ''Kiss Sonic Boom Over Europe''

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!!! "SO LET'S ROCK N ROLL ALL NITE, AND TROPE EVERY DAY!":

* [[AbsenteeActor Absentee Musician]]: Ace Frehley, during much of ''Music From The Elder'' and the entirety of ''Creatures Of The Night'', leading to his replacement by Vinnie Vincent. Also Peter Criss during much of ''Dynasty'' and the entirety of ''Unmasked'', leading to his replacement by Eric Carr.
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: In a more literal sense, with the Catman (Criss, then Singer) and the Fox (Carr).
** Criss is a subversion, though, as he's pretty jazzy; after all, he's the man behind "Beth"...
* TheAlcoholic:
** Ace is known for this. Just (re)watch the infamous Tom Snyder interview.
** During the ''Hotter Than Hell'' photo session, everyone but Gene got drunk. Paul was drunk enough that he got ''locked inside his own car''!
** Gene, who is TheTeetotaler, is an inversion.
* AnAxeToGrind: One of Gene's signature basses is a huge battleaxe.
* AnnoyingLaugh: Ace. This guy probably has the most recognizable laugh in rock and roll. You can hear it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01BQKBIhApU here]] (it's admittedly rather hard not to [[ContagiousLaughter laugh along with him).]]
* ArchEnemy: Pretty much every music critic of the last 40 years, especially at ''Rolling Stone''.
** Also, various incarnations of MoralGuardians.
** Also, the Music/InsaneClownPosse, who dissed them on "Everybody Rise" for ''Psycho Circus'':
-->"Fuck Gene Simmons you make me sick\\
''Psycho Circus'', you stole my shit!"
* AscendedFanboy: Tommy Thayer used to be in a Kiss tribute band. He then co-wrote a couple of filler songs for Kiss during TheEighties. Then he was a session musician in the ''Psycho Circus'' album. Moreover, he also used to be Kiss' tour manager and Ace Frehley's guitar coach during TheNineties reunion era before finally being made an official band member and taking over Frehley's guitar chores (and of course, he was/is a fan).
* AudienceParticipationSong: Several, but especially "Rock and Roll All Nite". In a live show, the chorus can stretch the song out by several minutes from loops of the band and the crowd taking turns.
* BadassBoast: See the page quote, from the opening of ''Alive II''.
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie:
** Apparently their breakthrough album ''Alive!'' had guitar overdubs, sound-check songs with the audience added in the studio, and other less-than-live shenanigans (over and above the normal studio mixing and whatnot), to compensate for the quality issues of the original live recording. In his autobiography, Simmons denied this was the case, stating that at that point the band was in a bad financial situation, and their label Casablanca Records was also in dire straits after their double album of Johnny Carson monologues, leaving them with a meagre budget for the album. However, Criss (in his autobiography) and producer Eddie Kramer both claim that the only thing remaining from the original live recordings is Criss' drums, though Kramer at a much earlier period mostly agreed with Simmons that only few overdubs to correct the most obvious mistakes were applied.
** ''Dynasty'' credits Peter Criss with drums and vocals. In reality, he only played drums on his song, "Dirty Livin'", the rest of the songs being recorded by studio drummer Anton Fig.
** ''Unmasked'' credits Criss, once again, with drums, percussion, and vocals, while also featuring him on the album's cover and appearing on the album's single "Shandi" video. In reality, he wasn't involved ''at all'' with the recording of the album, with Fig (for a second, uncredited time) taking his place on the recording, while Eric Carr replaced Criss on the album's tour and eventually as a band member.
** Similarly, ''Creatures of the Night'' credits Ace Frehley with lead guitars while also featuring him on the album's cover and appearing on the album's single "I Love It Loud" video. In reality, he's ''completely absent'', Bob Kulick, Steve Ferris and Vinnie Vincent played lead guitars on the recording, the latter taking his place on the album's tour and eventually as a band member.
** ''Psycho Circus'' was widely announced as the first studio album in over a decade by the band's original line-up. In reality, only one of the album's songs, "Into the Void", was recorded with all 4 band members, this song being also the only one where Criss actually played drums. Ace Frehley only played lead guitars on three songs and vocals on three other songs. The rest of the songs were recorded with studio musicians Kevin Valentine (drums) and Tommy Thayer (lead guitar; he later picked up the "Spaceman" make-up).
* BigApplesauce: Gene told ''Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine'' that he was heavily inspired by the channel in New York City that always played ''Film/KingKong.''
** Ace has said that, as a kid growing up in New York, the best moment of his career was playing Madison Square Garden.
** Also the song "New York Groove" from Ace's solo album.
* BiggerIsBetter: '''EVERYTHING'''. ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' may have been the {{Trope Namer|s}} for UpToEleven, but KISS got there a decade early. Gene told ''Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine'' that he was inspired by how much bigger everything in America was compared to Israel. He mentioned "the abundance of food, the idea of markets being ''supermarkets.'' In other countries, you have Charlemagne or someone like that, but in America you have ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''. And he's from another planet. How perfect." He also compared the idea of Kiss performing only in small clubs to having an elephant in your kitchen.
** That said, the ''MTV Unplugged'' show worked surprisingly well.
* BikiniBar: "Take It Off"
* CampStraight: Do not be fooled by Paul Stanley's campy poses and outfits. He's actually pretty much a [[TheCasanova ladies' man]].
* CarpetOfVirility: Simmons, Criss, Thayer, and '''especially''' Stanley.
* ColourCodedCharacters: Since the solo albums: Red - Gene, Blue - Ace, Green - Peter, Purple - Paul.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Music from "The Elder"'', a big and ambitious project that even involved ''a big-budget movie'' and a world-wide tour for a while, but...
* '''CostumePorn'''/'''ImpossiblyCoolClothes'''/'''UnlimitedWardrobe''': The band is ''infamous'' for this.
** BadassInANiceSuit: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dressed_to_Kill_%28album%29_cover.jpg As seen in the cover of]] ''Dressed to Kill''.
** BareYourMidriff: Paul in ''Creatures of the Night''.
** FluffyFashionFeathers: Paul's feathered OperaGloves in ''Love Gun'', as well as his jacket in ''Unmasked''.
*** FeatherMotif: Peacock feathers as in ''Dynasty''.
** FormFittingWardrobe[=/=]SensualSpandex:
*** [[CampStraight Stanley]], [[MrFanservice Stanley]], '''[[StupidSexyFlanders Stanley]]'''.
*** Ace/[[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Tommy]] does too, but aren't as bad as Stanley.
** NiceHat: Stanley has a couple - his fireman helmet, which he wears when playing "Firehouse", and his top hat in ''Unmasked'', notably when performing "I Was Made For Lovin' You".
** NiceShoes: Very cool-looking boots, but special mention goes to [[http://media1.break.com/dnet/media/2010/7/2/87%20KISS%20My%20Feet_thumb.jpg Gene's "Monster Boots"]].
** PimpedOutCape: Everyone during the ''Dynasty'' period, though Paul and Ace take the cake.
** PrettyInMink: Carr during the ''Unmasked'' and ''Creatures of the Night'' tours.
** RummageSaleReject: Most of their outfits in the unmasked days, when they looked like a lot of other HairMetal bands. ''Asylum'' is perhaps the worst offender: purple gloves, a yellow coat with shoulders covered in gems of every colour. Yellow gloves and a purple coat. Gene Simmons in a pink satin bathrobe.
** SpikesOfVillainy: Part of Gene's costumes, especially the armour from ''Destroyer''.
** TwentyFourHourArmor: Gene, when not in a borderline ChainmailBikini.
** WalkingShirtlessScene:
*** Stanley, with the exception of ''Elder'' and ''Creatures'' (where it happens to Simmons instead).
*** Criss in ''Love Gun''.
** {{Zipperiffic}}: Carr in ''Music from "The Elder"''.
* ContagiousLaughter: If Ace laughs, everyone around laughs (sometimes even Gene).
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** ''Creatures of the Night'' is pretty much their heaviest album at this time, especially compared with the pop-oriented ''Dynasty'' and ''Unmasked''. [[TropesAreTools This isn't a bad thing, though, as this album (and the two following) are well received.]]
** ''Revenge'' includes not just a heavier sound, but also ''God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II'', a PowerBallad that doubles as a tribute for Eric Carr.
** The upcoming album, ''Monster'' would be heavier as well.
* {{Dedication}}: Each guy dedicated his solo album to the other three guys (e.g., Ace's to Gene, Paul and Peter, etc.)
* DoubleEntendre: Used frequently, with Ace's "Shock Me" and "Rocket Ride" being good examples.
* DoubleMeaningChorus: "Detroit Rock City"'s chorus has a second meaning with its downer ending.
* DownerEnding: The character in "Detroit Rock City" dies in a car crash.
* DressRehearsalVideo: "I Love It Loud".
* EchoingAcoustics: "Detroit Rock City." Khazad-dϋm, meet Motown.
* '''[[FacialMarkings FACIAL MARKINGS]]'''
* FakeOutFadeOut: Again, "I Love It Loud". Then it fades out again...
* {{Fanservice}}: Stanley's costumes are designed around this trope, showcasing his CarpetOfVirility. Simmons' and Criss' also, to lesser extents. [[TokenWholesome Frehley is rather modest in comparison.]]
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Mark St. John (who died in 2007) is starting to become this.
* FunWithAcronyms: Subverted. KISS is often spelled in all-caps, and has been rumoured to be an acronym, with meanings such as "Knights In Satan's Service" or "Kids In your Sister's Skirt", but has been shown to be false.
* GoshDangItToHeck: "Spit":
-->"It don't mean spit to me."
* GratuitousJapanese: The cover of ''Hotter Than Hell'' had these.
** BilingualBonus: The Japanese in the top-right corner (地獄のさけび, or ''Jigoku no Sakebi'') translates as "Hell's shout" or "The shout of hell".
** BlindIdiotTranslation[=/=]GoodBadTranslation: On the other hand, the members' names are a little... ''off''. In particular, Frehley's name being rendered as エイス フューリ ([[TheAce Ace]] [[AwesomeMcCoolname Fury]]) instead of エースフレーリー.
** The live bootleg they released alongside ''Sonic Boom'' is titled ''Jigoku Retsuden'' (Hellish Transmission).
* GreatBallsOfFire: {{Spectacle}} is their motto.
* HeavyMeta: "Rock and Roll All Nite", "Detroit Rock City", "Let Me Go, Rock n' Roll", "Rock and Roll Hell"...
* HeavyMithril: "God of Thunder".
* HiddenDepths: Gene had been a teacher prior to his music career.
* IAmSong: Fittingly titled "I"
* IWantSong: "I Just Wanna"
* IconicItem:
** Ace Frehley isn't Ace Frehley without his Gibson Les Paul.
** Gene Simmons' Axe bass.
* IconicOutfit: The make-up and costumes. The distinctive face paint patterns have become symbols for individual band members in later years.
* InMemoriam: To Eric Carr in ''Revenge''.
* InventionPretension: Gene Simmons has claimed that he invented the "heavy metal horns" hand gesture, even though Music/RonnieJamesDio was using it for years before Gene.
** Not only that, but Simmons didn't start using it until after he was shown making the gesture on the cover of ''Love Gun''.
* InsultBackfire:
** Calling them sell-outs.
** Back when the ''Knights in Satan's Service'' rumour was all the rage, seeing religious fanatics and the like shouting and screaming quotes from the Old Testament at the group wasn't unheard of. Neither was seeing Gene Simmons (a theology major) quoting them back.
** Gene Simmons' most recent solo album was titled ''Asshole''.
* IntercourseWithYou: A huge portion of their catalogue. Notable examples: "Christeen Sixteen" (about a guy lusting after a sixteen year old) to "Hotter Than Hell" (about a guy lusting after a married woman) to "Heaven's On Fire" (about a guy having sex, and may or may not have inspired a large amount of the sex dialogue seen in all kinds of fandoms' fanfic sex scenes).
* KavorkaMan: Gene Simmons is anything but handsome and is known for being a raging egomaniac and asshole, but he [[TheCasanova claims to have bedded over a thousand women]].
* KneelBeforeZod: In "God of Thunder"
-->I am the lord of the wastelands\\
A modern-day man of steel[[note]]No reference to Franchise/{{Superman}} intended[[/note]].\\
I gather darkness to please me\\
And I command you to kneel before the...\\
God of Thunder, and rock n' roll!
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: Paul Stanley's stage banter until the reunion was mostly innuendo. He's toned it down somewhat since long-time fans began bringing their kids, but it's still there.
* LargeHam: Paul and Gene, for the most part.... and most of that most part is Gene, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnWd7KGqemo bordering]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo63Oh770Zk on]] FunPersonified.
* LastNoteNightmare: The album version of "Detroit Rock City" ends with a car skidding, crashing and '''[[EveryCarIsAPinto exploding]]'''. Then the record segues into "King of the Night Time World".
* LastSecondWordSwap: "I Just Wanna":
-->Time to take my chances, find somebody new\\
I just wanna fu-\\
I just wanna fu-\\
I just wanna forget you
* LeadBassist: Gene is type B and C.
* TheLeader: Paul since the mid 80s, after Gene attempts to launch a movie career.
* LegacyCharacter: The current guitarist and drummer wearing the founding members' make-up. [[BrokenBase It divides fans on whether it's fair]].
** Simmons and Stanley have demonstrated their willingness in the past to replace band members, but it's a little known fact that they have also planned for their own replacement when they get too old or die. Simmons wants Kiss to live on long after all the original members are dead and buried.
** 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.
* LicensedPinballTable: Yep. [[Pinball/{{KISS}} Click here.]]
* [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Licensed Sexist]]: In a 1995 interview, Gene Simmons frankly explained that he believed it's better for a rock band to have a largely male fan-base rather than a female one because male fans tend to be more loyal.
-->'''Gene Simmons:''' You don't want a large female audience. If you depend on women to buy your records, you end up going the way of the Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock. Female audiences tend to be unfaithful.
** Though he would later disavow this viewpoint.
* LongRunnerLineUp: The original formation played for 13 non-consecutive years: first from 1972-80, then a reunion from 1996 to 2001 (although as BlatantLies shows, the reunion was more live than on studio).
** The current line-up of Stanley-Simmons-Thayer-Singer is just starting to finish 10 years, having been together since 2004.
* LoveItOrHateIt: Actively invoked and encouraged (!) by the band.
-->'''Paul Stanley:''' "If you want to hate us, God bless you! If you love us, that's great too. If you're in the middle... get out!"
* MadeOfIron:
** Arguably Frehley, as he was electrocuted during an early concert but recovered well enough to finish the show. Since then, the band use wireless guitars (one of the first bands to do so!), and Ace wrote a song about this accident, "Shock Me", which became his vocal debut. [[FridgeBrilliance Which is fitting, considering that iron conducts electricity...]]
** When KISS was starting and some of their (now famous) concert's antics hadn't been perfected yet, there was one occasion were Simmons accidentally swallowed the (highly toxic) kerosene of his fire breathing stunt. Gene ignored the excruciating abdominal pain and finished the show instead of stopping the concert there and rushing to the hospital. Gene's also [[http://the-trukstop.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/09.jpg set his hair on fire at least once]] doing his firebreathing stunt.
* TheMerch: KISS is infamous for plastering their name and faces on anything they can get their hands on. They are probably the only rock band with their own line of caskets.
* MonsterClown: The cover of ''Psycho Circus''.
* NewSoundAlbum: Several, most of which were not well received by the fanbase and [[BrokenBase are still divisive]] to this day[[note]]''Asylum'' and ''Revenge'' being the exceptions[[/note]]:
** ''Dynasty'' was heavily disco-influenced, especially "I Was Made for Loving You".
** ''Music from "The Elder"'' was an attempt at a ProgressiveRock ConceptAlbum (described by Simmons later as sounding like a bad {{Music/Genesis}} record).
** ''Asylum'' was pure GlamRock and had the band wearing androgynous make-up and outfits.
** ''Revenge'' was more hard rock and featured darker lyrics than their mid-eighties HairMetal / GlamRock output.
** ''Carnival of Souls'' was a Grunge-inspired, very heavy, metal album.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Invoked by Gene in the [[http://guitarinternational.com/2010/08/20/kiss-alive-again-simmons-stanley-plan-a-family-reunion/ April 1996 issue]] of ''Guitar Magazine'':
-->'''GENE''': "There's no such thing as bad press, there's only press. If you don't get press, that's bad."
* NoSwastikas: Due to German law, the band's usual logo (the band name with the two S characters depicted as lightning bolts) cannot be used in Germany (because the double-S resembles the [[StateSec Schutzstaffel]] logo). While the band has been accused of being Nazis, it seems unlikely that Simmons or Stanley (both being ''Jewish descendants of concentration camp survivors'') intended the logo that way. Hence, the alternative logo with two backwards Z.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Sweet Pain" from ''Destroyer''.
* [[OneSteveLimit One Paul Limit]]: Stanley Eisen took the stage name Paul Stanley. When guitarist Paul Frehley joined up, he used his nickname 'Ace' as a first name to avoid confusion.
** When Paul Caravello took Peter Criss' place as the drummer, he took on the name Eric Carr.
* OnlyOneFemaleMold: In the cover of ''Love Gun'', as seen [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Love_gun_cover.jpg here]]. 'They' are based of the wife of Ken Kelly (the painter of this cover, as well as ''Destroyer'''s), who served as a model for all the poses.
* OverlyLongTongue: Gene Simmons, infamously.
* PerformanceVideo: Most of their videos.
* PowerBallad: Generally written by Stanley or Criss. "Beth", "Shandi", "Forever" (which had even input from MichaelBolton in the songwriting), "God Gave Rock and Roll to You"...
* ProfessionalWrestling: In summer 1999, Kiss and Wrestling/{{WCW}} set up a deal to introduce a wrestling character based on Gene's Demon persona. The August 23rd episode of ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' ended with Kiss faking "God of Thunder," with wrestler Wrestling/BrianAdams emerging from a sarcophagus as the Demon. This was supposed to lead to a feud with Canadian wrestler [[Characters/WCWFinalYears El Vampiro]] that would culminate in a special New Year's Eve[[note]]New Year's fell on a Friday night that year, and, since the rise of the Wrestling/MondayNightWars in 1995, wrestling [=PPV=]s are almost always held on Sundays.[[/note]] [=PPV=]. The storyline would have involved Vampiro attempting to straighten out the Demon, who would have been revealed at some point to be the son of {{Satan}}. These plans were abandoned when then-boss Wrestling/EricBischoff was canned for poor TV ratings and wasting the company's money on guests such as KISS. Adams never wrestled a single match in the gimmick. Instead, the gimmick was given to {{Jobber}} [[Characters/WCWFinalYears Dale Torborg]], who would feud with Vampiro in June-July 2000 before joining his {{Juggalo}} {{Heel}} PowerStable the Dark Carnival, which included Kiss-haters (see ArchEnemy above) the Insane Clown Posse. The gimmick never really got over, and, as part of Wrestling/{{Sting}}'s feud with Vampiro, Sting {{Squash|Match}}ed the Demon in 53 seconds at the abysmal ''New Blood Rising'' [=PPV=] on August 13th.
** FromBadToWorse: He was wheeled out in a sarcophagus for a match at a February 15 (aired February 26), 2000 taping of WCW's weekend {{B Show}} ''WCW Worldwide.'' To quote the February 21st edition of ''Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter.''
-->"In Philadelphia, apparently the [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap hydraulics didn't work and The Demon was stuck in his coffin for about three minutes before they could get him out."]]
* TheRashomon: See if you can find a straight answer for how much overdubbing was applied to ''Alive!''.
* RatedMForManly: ...Besides the informed ballads.
* RealityShow: ''Series/GeneSimmonsFamilyJewels''.
* RealMenWearPink: Paul got purple as his main colour (look at his jacket in ''Dynasty''!). His CampStraight behaviour, and the fact he wrote several pop oriented songs ("I Was Made For Lovin' You"...) doesn't help.
* RevolvingDoorBand: And "revolving" is especially true as the members other than Gene and Paul come and go and back.
* RobotOrSpacemanAlterEgo: Ace Frehley ''originated'' the Spaceman. Later, Tommy Thayer took this identity.
* RockBottom: They have a song with this title.
* RockMeAsmodeus: "Unholy":
-->"I was created by man, yeah I'm the Lord of the flies, you know I'm"
** In addition the {{Backronym}} by unhappy parents that [=KISS=] stood for "Knights In Satan's Service"
* RockTrio: KISS has performed as a trio on a couple of occasions - in January 1982 when the band played "I" without Ace, and in 2007 when Paul suffered an irregular heartbeat and elected to not perform.
* RockersSmashGuitars: Paul at the end of "Black Diamond".
* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: They stomp around on stage in crazy costumes, their bass player breathes fire, spits blood, and looks like a demon, the lead guitarist is fond of putting fireworks in his guitar... and some of their biggest hits are [[TearJerker "Beth"]] and [[GratuitousDiscoSequence "I Was Made For Lovin' You"]], which sounds like it belongs on an "easy-listening" station.
** This trope arguably makes those songs of theirs that ''are'' in a dark-metal vein ("Love Gun" and "Detroit Rock City" being the two most famous examples) sound all the more powerful by comparison.
** The best example of this trope is from the Simmons solo album: Gene Simmons sings a heartfelt version of ''[[{{Disney/Pinocchio}} When You Wish Upon A Star]]''.
* {{Scatting}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNGNLo8K6Fk DO do do do DO do do do do DO do do do DO DO do...]]
* SelfTitledAlbum: For the band (1974) and each of its members (1978).
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: This trope is seen when you compare the lyrics of songs written by Paul with the lyrics of songs written by Gene. Paul spent decades searching for the woman of his dreams and had his heart famously broken by actress Donna Dixon, while Gene spent decades having sex with every willing woman in his path and denouncing monogamy. Some of the more famous songs written by Paul include "I Want You", "Strutter", "Anything for My Baby", and "Shandi", which are all songs about Paul longing for a woman he can't have. Meanwhile, Gene wrote songs like "Calling Dr. Love", "Christine Sixteen", and "Nothing to Lose" which all have very sexual lyrics.
** Gene also was one of the writers on "War Machine" and "Unholy," neither of which have any kind of sexual contact, being anthems of destruction and Satan, respectively.
* SesameStreetCred: One of the hosts of the original version of ''Series/ThreeTwoOneContact'' had a backstage look at the intricate preparation and management of a concert of the band.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: The entire band to varying degrees, but not necessarily all together:
** Peter and Ace's issues with drugs and booze contributed heavily to their eventually leaving the band.
** Gene claims that he has never been drunk or done drugs. On the other hand, he is one of rock and roll's most notorious womanisers and has reportedly had sex with thousands of women.
* ShoutOut:
** They get one of the best-known in rock when Music/CheapTrick mentions them in ''Surrender''. During live shows, Cheap Trick would toss [=KISS=] albums to their audiences.
** They also get mentioned in Music/{{Weezer}}'s "In the Garage".
** Gene said that "Calling Dr. Love" was inspired by the "Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard" announcements in Film/TheThreeStooges' short ''Men In Black.''
* SpinOff: All KISS members, both former and current, released albums and formed bands at one point or another with varying degrees of success. Simmons' ''A**hole'', Stanley's ''Live to Win'', Ace Frehley's Frehley's Comet, Peter Criss' Criss, Mark St. John's White Tiger, the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, the Eric Singer Project (with Bruce Kulick), Thayer's former group Black n' Blue...
** Frehley's "New York Groove" became one of many anthems for UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity.
* StageNames: The only members to use their birth names are Tommy Thayer and Bruce Kulick (for starters, the original four all used stage names; Simmons was born Chaim Witz, Paul Stanley is Stanley Harvey Eisen, Ace Frehley's first name is really Paul, and Peter Criss' real name is George Crisscoula). Many members went ahead and used at least one of their birth names for their stage names, though (for example, Vinnie Vincent is Vincent Cusano, and Mark St. John is Mark Norton).
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Peter on "Hooligan," which likely explained why he never got another opportunity.
** Oh, and he messed up the lyrics to "Rock N Roll All Nite," of all possible songs, on ''MTV Unplugged.''
* StrictlyFormula: Why ''Sonic Boom'' and ''Monster'' ended up working out well. For the latter, they didn't even use anything digital, resulting in the decidedly old-school sound of the record.
* SurrealMusicVideo: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWIW6Ti0PbE The clip for "Psycho Circus".]]
** What's even more surreal is watching it with the 3D glasses that the VHS version came with.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute:
** Eric Carr replaced Peter Criss in 1980 with a similar animal motif make up (Compare Carr's ''Fox'' persona to Criss' ''Catman'') and was also the shortest member in the line-up.
** Vinnie Vincent (''The Ankh Warrior'') replaced Ace Frehley (''The Space Ace'') in 1982 with a similarly cosmic character, and they were both the skinniest of their respective line-ups.
** Tommy Thayer wears Ace Frehley's make-up, has a similar costume, sings his old songs (notably "Shock Me") in concert, and has a similar guitar solo set-piece, complete with fireworks. Although not as pronounced (due to his being behind a drum-kit) Eric Singer wears Peter Criss's original make-up and sings his vocal parts (such as the lead on "Black Diamond") as well.
* TakeThat: Simmons wrote "I" as a TakeThat to Frehley - hence the line:
--> ''I don't need to get wasted - it only holds me back''
* TemporarySubstitute: Before a 1997 concert, Peter Criss refused to go out on stage unless he was paid more. The band's solution? Put Criss' make-up on drum tech Ed Canon, introduce him at the beginning of the show, and rock on! Nobody in the audience asked for a refund, and Criss never missed another concert during his tenure with the group.
* TrustMeImADoctor: Gene's slogan in commercials for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJVuxpYeKqM Dr. Pepper Cherry soda]], where he plays "Calling Dr. Love" in full KISS costume.
** The song itself may qualify:
---> So as you please get on your knees\\
There are no bills, there are no fees\\
Baby, I know what your problem is\\
The first step of the cure is... a kiss
* VerbalTic: Watch/listen to any interview with Ace Frehley, and take a drink any time he says "y'know." Let's just say you better own one of them Kiss Kaskets, because you'll be needing it very shortly.
* VocalTagTeam: Usually between Paul and Gene, but the rest is given a chance. Well, except for...
* TheVoiceless: Vinnie Vincent and Mark St. John have the dubious honour of being the only two KISS ex-members to never [[VocalTagTeam sing lead vocals]] on at least one song; St. John being the only member to not even sing ''backing'' vocals.
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