Retronaut Favorites: Kiss

Published on 2 February 2022 at 09:20

My earliest memory of Kiss is hearing Detroit Rock City when I was a kid. I remember playing with Kiss trading cards. I remember looking at my dad's basement stairway which was covered in photos of Kiss. I remember looking at the Kiss head sculptures we have in our living room. I remember seeing a Kiss tribute band at a carnival. I remember looking at the signed Love Gun standee that's at on the top of the window above our staircase.

I remember hearing Sonic Boom and Monster countless times when I was younger. I started getting into Kiss when I got older, after my dad gave me his Love Gun and Asylum cassettes. I had a Revenge poster and an Asylum poster up in my room. I have a Kiss collage poster from Hit Parader on my wall.

I learned about Kiss because of my dad, and he and I have looked at his rarities many times. 45s, 12" singles, LPs and more. Japanese magazines like Young Rock, Ongaku Senka, and Music Life.

Kiss is the band that taught me that being different is cool. They wanted to be the band they never saw on stage. They weren't afraid to be different and they always made great music because they were passionate about it.

They are the band that made me interested in music. Detroit Rock City is the first song I remember hearing in my life. You wanted the best, you got the best.

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