Or, perhaps more importantly, to what end accuracy (and complexity)? Do we benefit from the increase in information about this band? And I obviously don't mean in any real-world, important sense like curing disease or understanding economic trends; do we understand anything new about KISS just because we have more details? And, to be blunt, … Fortsätt läsa At what cost accuracy?
Alas, I must disappoint the reader once again. Regardless of what the post title may seem to promise, this post won't be about the wonderful lyrical content of (music from) The Elder either. No stallions and mares; no malevolent forces; not even a discussion about what it means to take the oath. No, this will … Fortsätt läsa If hope is lost then so are we
Nostalgia in a pop-cultural context probably first appeared in the shape of Sha Na Na who, through a series of random events, ended up playing their covers of 50s hit songs at Woodstock and essentially sparked the 50s nostalgia that ran rampant in the US in the 70s. Don't worry though, we won't be going … Fortsätt läsa The birth of nostalgia
This post will, sadly, not be about the wonderful lyrical stylings of The Elder. Swords and flames and man-children will have to wait for another time (not yet). Instead, this musing will focus on the evolution of published works about KISS and how this relates to certain aspects of the availability of information and the … Fortsätt läsa Once upon not yet
In 1985 Peter Criss was pretty much a new man. Fairly little in his autobiography is factually correct but for the most part he seems to have been brutally honest about his feelings. Thus we know that he felt relatively at ease with the then-recent move to California and felt like playing music again. Enter … Fortsätt läsa The not-so-great Balls Of Fire
As humans we like to find simple explanations, we categorize things and events and people so that we can make sense of a World which is infinitely more complex than we can handle. This is something that is so important to us—a fact that stems from our evolutionary past—that there is actually a collection of … Fortsätt läsa The Appetite Fallacy
Anyone who has read any of my works here, seen my Instagram, or perhaps come across one of my websites, know that I tend to get into the details. As in, really into the details. It's easy to assume that this has always been the case, that I started my KISS fandom as a super-nerd … Fortsätt läsa GET UP! and get your remix OUTTA here!
A version of this text originally appeared in issue no. 48 of Destroyer, the magazine of KISS Army Sweden. Audiences got them, but critics rarely did. Rolling Stone named them Hype Of The Year in 1975 [sic.], and legions of reviewers complained that they were "derivative", "prosaic", "simplistic" and mostly a joke, a band that … Fortsätt läsa KISS vs. the critics
When thinking about Vinnie's time in KISS, most people tend to reduce it to a simple binary choice: did Vinnie save KISS or not? Personally I think that, not only is it an uninteresting query, it isn't even the right question to ask. (Save KISS? From what? Irrelevance and oblivion? Sorry, the indomitable will of … Fortsätt läsa The Vinnie Vincent influence
For twelve years KISS didn't play a single song from Hotter Than Hell. Not one. These twelve years coincided perfectly with Eric Carr's tenure in the band which, obviously, raises a few questions, all of which ultimately boils down to: why? Needless to say I have a few ideas. Unlike most of my writing this … Fortsätt läsa Eric Carr and Hotter Than Hell