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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 03 November 2016 at 4:16pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

 I thought those covers were just about the coolest things ever.

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That's the right answer, Brian. ;-)
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 03 November 2016 at 8:25pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply


I'll try not to ramble:

KISS have been around for as long as I can remember (I was born in '72, the same year the band began to take shape)... I recall seeing them on TV around '77 and wondering to my mother if they all went to sleep with their make-up still on. I can remember the Marvel in-house ads for the SUPER SPECIAL comic, plus seeing ads for their solo albums. I distinctly recall hearing "I Was Made for Lovin' You" all over the radio throughout the summer of '79, and I even had the trading cards & stickers (plastered all over my dresser at the time--my mother was not pleased). Plus, this being the late '70s, it seemed like you'd always see SOMEONE dressed up like of the band members for Halloween!

Despite my familiarity, and also seeing their '80s videos on MTV, I didn't get hooked until after their release of SMASHES, THRASHES & HITS in 1988... my best high school buddy at the time had picked it up, and played it non-stop, singing their praises: "Remember KISS from the '70s? These guys are AWESOME!!"

I finally caved and bought my own copy around Jan. or Feb. of '89, and for the full rest of the year, I became a full-on KISS maniac... fortunately, my buddy already splurged on all their albums (up to that point) on cassette, so he would lend me a couple every few weeks. I basically inhaled everything... all original albums, the solos, the first two ALIVE albums, DOUBLE PLATINUM... yes, even THE ELDER!

From then on, I was first in line for each "release day" of their next albums, from HOT IN THE SHADE, all the way to the DETROIT ROCK CITY soundtrack in '99... saw them at least twice on their HOT IN THE SHADE tour in 1990, and saw them once in Boston for their Reunion show in '96.

After the "Farewell Tour" and the subsequent hiring of Tommy Thayer and bringing Eric Singer back, my overall interest took a nosedive, but I still keep tabs on any news, just out of curiosity (and the last CD I bought was the Volume 3 "Millennium Collection" from 2006).

Always a soft spot in my heart for them, though. My general interest in music was limited before my full-on KISS phase (only a handful of cassettes at the time--the Beatles, Billy Joel, the Police, Huey Lewis & the News), but KISS helped open the floodgates, and I fast became hooked on not only KISS and hard-rock/heavy-metal, but my interest quickly expanded to most other genres... '60s, '50s, classical, film soundtracks, country, you name it.

It may sound corny, but if a film like STAR WARS blew open the doors for me in terms of obsession with movies, then KISS helped solidify my love of music in general.


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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 04 November 2016 at 6:58am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Great story, Shaun (particularly the last line).

I "inhaled" it all, too. I mean, they were the first band I followed religiously. Sure, I dabbled with Pink Floyd and the Beatles. And I did almost religiously collect Megadeth and Iron Maiden - but it was KISS that just hooked me with everything, hence my manure comment a few posts back. 

Interestingly, it's the imagery that hooked me. Yes, as a kid I was into rock and metal - but the imagery on that DESTROYER album hooked me. And that gets me thinking, in a world of iTunes, where some people NEVER look at or see album covers, how many are hooked by imagery now? Think about how iconic album covers are.

A little piece of me "dies" when I speak to someone who ONLY buys music via iTunes and says things like, "Oh, I didn't buy the whole album." Imagine if, back in the day, I'd discovered "God of Thunder" and just bought that track on iTunes. I'd have missed out on the entire album, seeing the artwork, etc.

Food for thought.


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Bill Collins
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Posted: 04 November 2016 at 7:22am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I agree Robbie,like you,the imagery was a big part for me,it really captured my imagination.My bedroom wall in the 80`s was plastered with Iron Maiden Derek Riggs tour and album posters.I pity the youth of today who will never get the pleasure of spotting all the little details and easter eggs in album art! Take Iron Maiden`s Somewhere In Time artwork,all the little Iron Maiden easter eggs and Sci-Fi easter eggs like Batman,The Tardis ans Fireball XL-5 to name a few!
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 04 November 2016 at 10:24am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Absolutely!

I'm sure some young folk buy CDs, but I have come across a disproportionate number who say things like, "Oh, I'll get one or two tracks from iTunes." Or, "Oh, I've downloaded the entire album, I may get around to listening to it one day."

I bought an entire album like DESTROYER. Because it was a physical product, I had it on my mind and knew I'd listen to it (often straightaway).

I see a parallel with eBooks. I had almost forgotten about my Kindle Fire until I recharged the battery recently. Browsed the library of books, some of which I had forgotten about. However, physical books that I own are on my shelf and it reminds me to "read them ASAP". 
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 04 November 2016 at 8:48pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply


(I forgot to mention that I also saw KISS on the REVENGE tour in 1992, and an Ace Frehley club show somewhere in the early '90s... and there was a four-year period (1991-94, I believe) where I dressed-up in KISS make-up for four consecutive Halloweens, whether it was for work, a costume party, or trick-or-treating with my kid sister... she freaked-out when she first saw me in a big, black wig and Gene Simmons make-up, back when she was only 3!)



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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 05 November 2016 at 10:25am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

That's great to hear. :-D

I've never really dressed up as anything (too lazy for that). If I ever do, though, it'll be as one of KISS... 
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 05 November 2016 at 4:23pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Here's my list of tours I've seen:

Hot in the Shade
Revenge
Reunion twice
Psycho Circus
Farewell
Double bill tour with Aerosmith
Alive 35

My favorite show is probably the '92 Revenge show even tho I had a terrible stomach bug. 

Second is probably Alive 35. Even tho they didn't do Got to Choose, I did finally get She. 

Third is Hot in the Shade. You never forget your first. 

I would've loved to have seen one of the late '94/ early '95 shows. Other than early original band, this is by far my favorite era of the band. 

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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 05 November 2016 at 7:05pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I'm really happy there's some KISS fans here. I hope we keep this topic going. So much to discuss. 

KISS share some great images on their Twitter feed, too.
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Craig Markley
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Posted: 07 November 2016 at 8:08am | IP Logged | 10 post reply



This is me at 10yo in June of 1979. We had a room above a barn my dad built. You can see some of my KISS pictures from various magazines. The Star Wars poster was from a Burger King collection. I still have those posters. You can see the Star Wars pull-out from CRACKED magazine. The fish picture was from National Geographic World.

I have another picture somewhere that shows another part of the room. It shows the Spirit of '76 poster from KISS and another poster of Peter Criss singing Beth.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 07 November 2016 at 8:33am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Cool thing to share, thanks for doing that, Craig! :)
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 07 November 2016 at 10:04pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply


Great picture, Craig... though you get docked 2 points for that Bee Gees/Sgt. Pepper's pin-up...!


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