Monday, December 10, 2012
Hogie's Heroes: KISS
Okay, let's get this over with... For at least my generation, saying that as an adolescent boy you dug KISS is a non revelation on the scale of saying that one day you discovered you liked boobies. They were the boy band for boys, replacing non threatening sexuality with comic book theatrics. The question wasn't "Who's the dreamiest?" but rather "Who could beat The Silver Surfer in a fight?" I don't currently own any KISS records, but when I was 10 years old "Destroyer" worked as my gateway drug to contemporary pop and rock. In the late 70's they were enormous. Even girls listened to them! (This explains why GWAR never achieved similar success. Who could imagine them releasing "Beth"?) So there's not really much for me to say that hasn't been said. I have Six Degrees of Separation from them in that my wife's cousin was the late Brooke Ostrander, who was a member of Wicked Lester, the band that would eventually morph into KISS. (He managed to live a happy life despite this Pete Best status.) Rather than link to a song you've probably already heard, here's Gene Simmons on the Mike Douglas show back in 1974. It's kind of fun seeing a young Simmons as a skinny geek in Halloween togs looking more like one of his future fans than a grumpy old millionaire.