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"You wanted the best, and you got the best."
KISS is the name of the American hard rock band KISS's self-titled debut album, which was released in 1974, sometime before Hotter Than Hell.

Tracklist:

Side One
  1. "Strutter"
  2. "Nothin' To Lose"
  3. "Firehouse"
  4. "Cold Gin"
  5. "Let Me Know"
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Side Two

  1. "Kissin' Time"
  2. "Deuce"
  3. "Love Theme From KISS"
  4. "100,000 Years"
  5. "Black Diamond"

Principal Members

  • Paul Stanley – vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Ace Frehley – lead guitar
  • Gene Simmons – vocals, bass guitar
  • Peter Criss – drums, percussion, vocals

Anytime is a tropin' time, U.S.A.

  • But Liquor Is Quicker: A gender reversed version of this is in "Cold Gin."
  • Cover Song: "Kissin' Time", originally by Bobby Rydell.
  • Everything Is an Instrument: A fire engine siren sounds off at the end of "Firehouse".
  • Face on the Cover: All four members of KISS, with Peter Criss in an early version of his Cat makeup.
  • Instrumentals: "Love Theme From KISS".
  • Intercourse with You: "Nothin' To Lose" chronicles the singer coercing his girlfriend into trying anal sex, and her subsequent enjoyment of it.
  • Irony: Gene Simmons sings lead vocals on "Cold Gin". The irony is that Gene is the only member of KISS who doesn't drink.
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  • Ode to Intoxication: "Cold Gin", written by Ace Frehley, but sung by Gene Simmons (the teetotaler). Ace Frehley would cover his own song on his solo live concert tours.
  • One-Word Title: "Strutter" and "Deuce".
  • Precision F-Strike: In "100,000 Years":
    It must have been a bitch while I was gone.
  • Record Producer: Kenny Kerner, Richie Wise.
  • Self-Titled Album
  • Updated Re-release: "Strutter" would be updated four years later for the Double Platinum Greatest Hits album.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Paul, Gene, and Peter get in on singing "Kissin' Time".
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