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Okay, so I'm sitting here listening to "KISS" (debut) and "Destroyer" because it takes me back to my childhood and early teens, and helps me get in the mood to write. I'm thinking though that I, and most KISS fans, view the band through very rose-colored glasses.
So are there 10 KISS songs that are legitimately good? Ones that deserve radio airplay, and stand up after all the years as a good rock n' roll tune? It's close IMO:
1. Black Diamond 2. Cold Gin 3. 100,000 Years 4. Deuce
Yeah, I like those songs, and they were two of their four biggest hits, but I think that KISS detractors would call those songs "poppy" - kind of like Rod Stewart doing "Baby Jane" or Queen doing "Bites the Dust".
I have this argument at work with someone all the time, who also grew up on KISS.
God of Thunder. Strutter. Shandi. God Gave Rock and Roll to You.
Obviously it comes down to personal taste but at the time of their release these songs were well received. Shandi and God Gave Rock and Roll to You did all right on the charts. While Strutter and God of Thunder are considered classic Kiss songs.
Stevie mentioned Sure Know Something. That's one of my favourite Kiss songs.
Really, this sort of thing is not uncommon in groups. If you look at an average "greatest hits" album for anyone, you'll find maybe (MAYBE) a half dozen titles you might recognize. The rest are their singles whether they were legitimate hits or not. There are always fans, but it is a rare, rare band or artist that can boast a greatest hits compilation of songs that are actually all hits.
I Love It Loud "Stand up, you don't have to be afraid Get down, love is like a hurricane Street boy, no I never could be tamed, better believe it Guilty, 'til I'm proven innocent Whiplash, heavy metal accident Rock on, I wanna be President"
On a related note, I always felt Peter Criss' solo Album "Kiss" (when the original lineup of KISS did related solo albums) was underated. I still have the vinyl single, "You Still Matter To Me"!
I read once that Edge, maybe a miss quote, said Kiss is the most overrated band in the world. I agree, even if it is a miss quote, though. I admire Paul a great deal, though. He is a very talented guy and easily the backbone of the band.
As for U2, they easily have 10 songs that aren't just good, but great. Very iconic and that isn't an understatement. Even if that last album blew the proverbal Goat Nip or two, they still have a wealth of beautiful, heart wrenching, guitar crushing songs that speak volumes.
Edge, live, is without equal... Well, if Dave Genn wasn't alive. "cough"
But, yeah, Kiss... Meh. I dunno, Beth??? Please. I hear her callin' too and she's listening to Angel, a band that easily trumped Kiss but, like Echo & the Bunnymen to U2, got overshadowed and jilted out of fame because of the other.
As a guitarist myself, one versed in the dotted 8th... and the one step delay setting on your amps when you play live, Edge is a skilled dude. He's graceful and hs fingers are in control all the time. Watch New York live for instance. The Boston show. WOW!
Watch them play The Fly, live. Again, WOW! You'll see that U2 is a live act. They are the best live act today. They play their own music. They sing while they do it and they do it well. No other hand can claim that spot.
Edge, even if you know what to do using the echopark and dotted 8, is one hard dude to replicate. He's got a sound and it works. That's what makes great musicians. Not how fast you are or how much distortion you can filter through some fuzz rockers.
I don't idol Edge or Dave Genn, but I admire them and definitely used them as my muse and teachers when learning.