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?
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
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
With the advent of MTV in 1981 the promotion of music was more or less revolutionised and from 1984-91 we can confidently say that music videos entered, and then saturated, the mainstream. True, the promo clip had been a part of the music business for almost twenty years before MTV and KISS, being a visual … Fortsätt läsa KISS and MTV: The early 80’s music videos…
I talk about dating photos a lot more than I probably should but it is an essential part of my current brand of KISS nerdery. I want to create a consistent time-line, a chain of events that will allow us to construct the best possible story, that will allow all the discrete pieces to actually … Fortsätt läsa Dating photos pt. 1