Kiss my Ass

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I do not like this band -if they never visit Cleveland to claim their place in Rock n’ Roll history; that is fine with me!

I was O.K. with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not allowing them in….

BUT…

I know the names:

Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss

We all know those names and those are the names that the Hall of Fame accepted for induction.

There are a legion of fans still enlisted in the Kiss Army. They made enough records that you could cover an entire ocean and not let the fishes get any light…They are a raging success and deserve to be in no matter what us “serious” rock music fans think.

I mean, was the Ramones hit with Rock and Roll High School really any deeper than Rock and Roll all Nite?… Oh yeah-they were cool but Kiss was all flash.

They were really good flash-with smoke and make up and all the other stuff that made the kids go crazy.

Even the grown up kids. Even now.

But Kiss can’t get it together for the original four to play a couple songs for fans that have made them gods- Fans that have paid the mortgages on mansions and the insurance on fancy sports cars for years and years.

It is one night and a couple tunes- that will allow you guys to take this little carnival of fantasy on the road and laugh all the way to the bank for the rest of your days. It will allow 4 or 5 generations of your heirs to live like kings if they have any sense at all and not waste this wealth that your followers have bestowed on you.

But no—-Wha, wha wha…Gene Simmons wants everybody that ever pretended to be Ace Frehley and Peter Criss to play and be inducted because they are just as much of the Kiss experience.

And it seems that 3 or 4 fake Aces are too many Aces in the deck for the original Ace.

Whatever.

Could you please just give the fans what they want one more time?

Don’t make us haters right.

The Circle of life and Ramen Noodles

This story starts in a pub in the middle of summer as I am talking music and getting into a fight with my brothers about the relevance of Rush in rock music and I even got to the point of boldly declaring that Justin Bieber was a better Canadian import than Getty and the boys (hey, he’s from the Toronto projects, the Biebs grew up tough!)

Somewhere in the middle of this- one nameless brother with questionable music taste mentions “Fun” as the band he likes-O.K ..We are Young seems like a happy tune but they have the feel of one quick hit and done at this point. Let’s get back to comparing Justin to John Lennon…yeah, we had a few at this point.

Fast Forward to now –

The video for “Some Nights” is all American Civil War which is interesting because so is the last song I featured “The Night they drove Old Dixie Down” — The Civil War was brother fighting against brother…O.K, maybe in our fight we only spilled trace amounts of Guinness instead of actual blood but you see where I’m going. In an earlier post on this site I mentioned Kiss music as “Ramen noodles rock”-warm with an instant flavor packet and no substance. Fun is on the music label Powered by Ramen…a reference to those very same noodles…Whoa!… The universe is lining up!….and finally this Fun song has a Lion King vibe about it…The Circle of Life…everything is connected.

The moral of this story is my nameless brother was right…Fun is gaining some traction as a great alternative rock band. They are quirky and melodic enough to not have to make excuses about being a rock band…they just get out there and get it done.