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Music / KISS (album)

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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.


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

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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