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Love Gun cover


By Chad Smart



@chadsmart & @my123cents on Twitter







































I got my first album when I

was five years old. I don’t remember exactly why I got this album. I’m sure I

didn’t really know the music. It was probably a decision made based on the

album artwork.  Creating an album

cover to capture a potential fan’s interest is of the many things I think is

lost in the age of digital downloads. Anyway, I remember being five and looking

at this artwork of four mythical creatures dressed in black with platform boots

and full facial make up standing in the middle of some Roman coliseum with a

group of similarly made up females at their feet, and thinking, this has to be

the greatest album ever. The album was ‘Love Gun’ by KISS. <>








Looking back, I don’t know

why my parents thought this was an appropriate album for a five year old to own. It

didn’t actually fit in with my Sesame Street records. Though, I do think PBS is

partially responsible for introducing me to KISS in the first place. There used

to be a show called 3-2-1 Contact which, if memory serves, was the last show in

the after school block of weekday programming. How many people remember The

Bloodhound Gang? 3-2-1 Contact is where The Bloodhound Gang originated.  I remember there being a segment on the

show where one of the hosts went behind the scenes of a KISS concert. Since

YouTube has everything, here’s the segment.<>


























Back in the late ‘70s –

early ‘80s, KISS was THE band. At the local town festivals there were booths

where you could get your face painted like members of the band. I was always a

Peter Criss fan so I got the cat make up one year even though Eric Carr had

replaced Peter the year prior.  <>














KISS sans makeup




Our cable system didn’t yet

have MTV when KISS went on there and removed the make up. I remember seeing the

video for Lick It Up several months later and thought Ace Frehley was a female,

not knowing Ace had been replaced by Vinnie Vincent in the band. For the

record, Vinnie isn’t a female. 

KISS continued to be a dominant force during the ‘80s as glam rock got a

lot of radio and video airtime. <>










By the time the grunge scene

started taking over the early ‘90s, KISS needed to do something to regain their

popularity. In 1996, they got the band back together. Peter Criss and Ace

Frehley returned to the group and KISS put the makeup and costumes back on to

the delight of fans. Twenty-one years after buying my first album, I saw the

reunited KISS in 2000 at the Southern Illinois University Arena for the first

time. It was everything five year old me wanted. <>














The Kiss Demon

Photo courtesy: WWE




Around this same time, KISS

had partnered with WCW to create a wrestler known at the KISS Demon who was

based on the identity of KISS bassist, Gene Simmons. The Demon never really

took off like I’m guessing KISS and WCW thought he would. Dale Torborg, the

wrestler who portrayed the Demon is currently a trainer for the Chicago White

Sox.  <>










In August of 2013, KISS

founding members, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley announced they had bought into

the Arena Football League and were bringing professional football back to Los

Angeles with the LA KISS joining the AFL for the 2014 season.  However, someone should get them a map,

as the LA KISS will be playing their home games at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Guess the LA-adjacent KISS was too long a name for the uniforms.  I have purchased season tickets for the

LA KISS and am looking forward to donning KISS face paint and cheering for the

expansion team, especially against the Jon Bon Jovi owned Philadelphia Soul.

Here’s hoping Tim Tebow accepts Gene Simmons’ 3-Year contract offer. <>














Still rockin'




KISS has been around for 40

years and show no signs of slowing down. Say what you will about their trend of

slapping their name on any type of merchandise in order to make a buck. They’ve

heard it all before and Gene Simmons will gladly tell you he’s a firm believer

in capitalism.  Heck, he signs his

name with the “S” looking like a dollar sign. Somehow four guys from New York

took a wild gimmick and turned it into one of the most popular rock-n-roll

bands in history. <>


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