Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kiss- A History

This is something I made on MySpace two years ago. I've updated it and I'm hoping in gets attention. In the excitement of Sonic Boom, here is the history of Kiss. Hope you enjoy it.
Update (10/10/09): As I'm trying to keep this page copyright friendly, I've decided not use any pictures in this post as I'm too specific with pictures for this particular post. I will use RateYourMusic still. If you'd like to see pictures of the line-ups, please go on and look at the fabulous line-up page. You can find a lot of things on this site. My favorite Kiss site, personally!

Kiss Mach I (1972-1980)

Gene Simmons- bass/vocals (The Demon)
Paul Stanley- r.guitar/vocals (The Starchild)
Ace Frehley- l.guitar/vocals (The Spaceman)
Peter Criss- drums/vocals (The Catman)

Notes: The classic line-up that everyone loves. Gene and Paul first met in the late 1960's in a band called Wicked Lester. They didn't get along at first but soon found out they had the same ideas of putting a rock band together. When Wicked Lester split, they found an ad in Rolling Stone that said 'basic drummer willing to do anything to make it'. This is how Peter joined and Ace was hired after countless auditions. The band didn't hit it big till the release of the 1975's live album "Alive!". In 1978, the band all release solo albums on the same day. The line-up ends when Peter leaves in 1980.

Albums: Kiss, Hotter Than Hell, Dressed To Kill, Alive!, Destroyer, Rock And Roll Over, Love Gun, Alive II, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Dynasty, Unmasked

Album Notes: Ace wasn't present much beginning with Destroyer. Peter only played and sang on one track off Dynasty and played nothing on Unmasked. This role was filled by Anton Figg, who is currently the drummer for David Letterman's late night show band.

Kiss Mach II (1980-1982)

Gene Simmons- bass/vocals (The Demon)
Paul Stanley- r.guitar/vocals (The Starchild)
Ace Frehley- l.guitar/vocals (The Spaceman)
Eric Carr- drums/vocals (The Fox)

Notes: A young drummer named Eric Carr fills in the shoes of Peter Criss. Eric is respected by the fans and the band has a very succesful tour in Austrailia. In 1981, the band promised to make their heaviest album and hire bob Ezrin to produce. He had produced Detroyer years earlier. Ezrin convinces the band to try a concept album. Using a story Gene wrote about a boy becoming a warrior, the makes "The Elder". It tanks. Ace hated the album so much that he is hardly present. Ace is present for pre-tour arrangements for the album after 'The Elder' but he quits in 1982.
Album: Music From 'The Elder"
Album Notes: The album is recorded in Ace's home studio.

Kiss Mach III (1982-1984)
Gene Simmons- bass/vocals (The Demon)
Paul Stanley- r.guitar/vocals (The Starchild)
Vinnie Vincent- l.guitar/vocals (The Egytian Warrior)
Eric Carr- drums/vocals (The Fox)

Notes: The band's next album, 'Creatures Of The Night', turn out to be their heaviest to date but tanks in the charts again. Vinnie played on most tracks and is chosen to replace Ace for the tour supporting the album. In September 1983, the band decides to take off the make up. Gene and Paul felt it was time to take it off and start a new chapter in the band's history. The resulting album, 'Lick It Up', becomes succesful and goes gold. After the tour for the album, Vincent is fired for personal reasons.
Albums: Creatures Of The Night, Lick It Up
Album note: On 'Creatures', The band is pretty much a three-piece band.

Kiss Mach IV (1984)

Gene Simmons- bass/vocals
Paul Stanley- r.guitar/vocals
Mark St. John- l.guitar/vocals
Eric Carr- drums/vocals

Notes: Mark takes Vinnie's place in April 1984. When the band is ready to tour for 'Animalize', Mark is diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome. This causes his hands to swell and unable to play guitar. Guitarist Bruce Kulick fills in for him and Mark is able to play three shows. In December 1984, Mark is fired by Gene and Paul. This wasn't because of his condition but his personality, which was like Vinnie's. Bruce becomes the new member the next day.
Album: Animalize
Album note: Gene wasn't present for some songs since he was co-starring in the thriller 'Runaway' with Tom Selleck. The film tanks.

Kiss Mach V (1984-1991)

Gene Simmons- bass/vocals
Paul Stanley- r.guitar/vocals
Bruce Kulick- l.guitar/vocals
Eric Carr- drums/vocals

Notes: Nothing much to say then Bruce replaces Mark. The band keeps making music and recruite Bob Ezrin for their next album (later released in 1992). Around April of 1991, Eric Carr has open-heart surgery. Doctors find out that Eric has cancer. Hoping Eric will get better, the band asks Eric Singer to fill in till Carr felt better. Sadly on November 24th, 1991, Eric Carr passed away at the age of 41. Freddie Mercury, singer of Queen, dies on this day too.
Albums: Asylum, Crazy Nights, Hot In The Shade

Kiss VI (1991-1996)

Gene Simmons- bass/vocals
Paul Stanley- r.guitar/vocals
Bruce Kulick- l.guitar/vocals
Eric Singer- drums/vocals

Notes: Singer replaces Carr. 'Revenge' is released in 1992. The band tours till 1996 when the band does MTV Unplugged. Ace Frehley and Peter Criss do come out to play some songs. It isn't long until...
Albums: Revenge, Alive III, Unplugged, Carnival Of Souls (shevled till 1997)

Kiss Mach I a (1996-2001)

Gene Simmons- bass/vocals (The Demon)
Paul Stanley- r.guitar/vocals (The Starchild)
Ace Frehley- l.guitar/vocals (The Spaceman)
Peter Criss- drums/vocals (The Catman)

Notes: The original band reunites with the make-up back on! This leads to many sold-out shows till in 2000, the band annouces that the 2000 tour will be their Farewell Tour (which it isn't!!!). Somewhere towards the end of the tour, Criss quits once again.
Album: Psycho Circus

Kiss Mach VII (2001-2002)

Gene Simmons- bass/vocals (The Demon)
Paul Stanley- r.guitar (The Starchild)
Ace Frehley- l.guitar (The Spaceman)
Eric Singer- drums/vocals (The Catman)

Notes: Eric Singer returns in the Catman make-up, which makes many fans cringe. After the Farewell Tour, the band isn't stopping! They close the 2002 Olympics! However when some minor gigs are scheduled, Ace refuses to go and quits the band.
Albums: None.

Kiss Mach VIII (2002)
Gene Simmons- bass/vocals (The Demon)
Paul Stanley- r.guitar/vocals (The Starchild)
Tommy Thayer- l.guitar/vocals (The Spaceman)
Eric Singer- drums/vocals (The Catman)

Notes: Ex-Black'N'Blue guitarist Tommy Thayer replaces Ace. This line-up performs a few gigs including the American Bandstand's 50th anniversery show (which I don't have a picture of. Sorry people!).
Albums: None.

Kiss Mach IX (2002-2004)

Gene Simmons- bass/vocals (The Demon)
Paul Stanley- r.guitar/vocals (The Starchild)
Tommy Thayer- l.guitar/vocals (The Spaceman)
Peter Criss- drums/vocals (The Catman)

Notes: Peter returns for the February 2003 performance with the Melbourne Symphony Orhcestra. This performance is recorded in video and audio. This becomes 'Alive IV'. The band also tours the same year with Aerosmith. Criss leaves in 2004.
Album: Alive IV

Kiss Mach VIII a (2004-present)

Gene Simmons- bass/vocals (The Demon)
Paul Stanley- r.guitar/vocals (The Starchild)
Tommy Thayer- l.guitar/vocals (The Spaceman)
Eric Singer- drums/vocals (The Catman)

Notes: Eric returns once again for the summer Rock The Nation 2004 tour. This line-up currently plays gig here and there. The hottest band in the world is still hot!
Albums: Sonic Boom

Special Note: In July 2007, Paul Stanley was rushed to the hospital for rapid heartbeat. His heartbeat was up to 140! On that day, the band had a concert to perform. The fans wanted the band to play still and Gene, Tommy, and Eric performed as a trio. Days later, Paul annouced he was alright and explained he has had rapid heartbeat since he was a teenager.

Very Special Note: On April 5th, 2007, former Kiss guitarist Mark St. John suddenly passed away from a cerebral hemmoraging. He was only 51. Despite his 8 month stay in Kiss, tributes poured out in public and on the web.

Post-Kiss Careers
Peter Criss- Peter released two solo albums in the 1980's. He also tried getting a band together in the early 1990's. Currently, Peter is still performing. In July 2007, Peter released One For All.

Ace Frehley- After leaving Kiss, Ace formed his own band called Frehley's Commet. They lasted for a few years. In 2009, Ace released Anomaly.

Vinnie Vincent- In 1986, Vinnie formed The Vinnie Vincent Invasion. The line-up included vocalist Robert Fleishman, bassist Dana Strum, and drummer Bobby Rock. Their self-titled debut did alright but Fleishman was axed in 1987 for vocalist Mark Slaughter. All Systems Go was released in 1988 and the band broke up. However, Strum and Slaughter formed a new band called Slaughter. The band is still together to this day. Vinnie has made apperances at Kiss Konventions and Expos. Currently, Vinnie is living a quiet life and it's unknown what he is doing now.

Mark St. John- Mark, along with his brother Michael, formed the band White Tiger in 1986. They lasted for one album and less than a year. Mark did make some apperances at Expos and recorded some music before his death in 2007.

Bruce Kulick- Bruce has been touring with Grand Funk Railroad for many years now. In 2003, he released Transformer. Kulick almost had his life taken that same year when a man was shooting random bullets. One of them hit Kulick and luckily survived. Kulick has also been supporting the Kissology DVD series.

There you go people. Hope you enjoyed.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Nothing much....

Alrighty, nothing much has been happening. I may have a review on the Beatles Rock Band game. It is late for such a review but people, the game could be sold out by the holidays. So you got that and I may go deeper into the RNRHOF nods. Till then....

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jimmy McCulloch (1953-1979)- 30 Years Later

Jimmy McCulloch
June 4, 1953- September 27, 1979

Thirty years ago today guitarist Jimmy McCulloch was found dead in his flat after suffering a heart attack cause by heroin. McCulloch was 26 years old. McCulloch was probably best known for his tenure in Paul McCartney & Wings, which he joined in 1974 and left in 1977. Jimmy was born in Scotland and by the age of 12, he was in a band playing guitar. When Jimmy was just 16 years old, he joined Thunderclap Newman. Thunderclap Newman would become known as a "one-hit-wonder" with "Something in the Air". The band broke up after only one album. Jimmy was in and out of bands until in 1974, he was asked to join Wings (although he had been approched to join the James Gang). In his stay with Wings, Jimmy would write and sing two songs called "Medicine Jar" and "Windo Junko". Both songs were "anti-drug" anthems, ironically.

Jimmy is one of my favorite guitar players of all time. He had a lot of talent at such a young age. If you're ever on YouTube, search up "Medicine Jar". Rest in peace, Jimmy.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Abbey Road turns 40

The Beatles
Abbey Road
Rating: *****
1969 was, logically, the end of the 1960's. Some bands formed and some broke up. In August 1969, a three-day concert took place in Woodstock, New York. On September 26, the Beatles released Abbey Road. Like all their other albums, it went to the top of the charts. However, the album would be the last album the band recorded. Some say it's one of their best albums. Some say it's their best album and even called the best album ever made on an occasion or two. Personally for me, Abbey Road is my favorite album by anybody. I will go into the history of it and also give a track-by-track review.

1969 started off pretty rough for the Beatles. John, Paul, George, and Ringo had all felt they had grown out of the band but for some reason they were still together. The band was working on their next album, which had the working title of Get Back (which was later changed to Let It Be). While the band recorded and rehearsed, they were being filmed for a future documentary directed by Michael Lindsey-Hogg. Hogg captured a large amount of arguments, some of which made their way into the 1970 movie. The band resolved this by bringing in keyboardist Billy Preston into the sessions. With Preston, spirits were higher. On January 30, the Beatles had their gear set up on the offices of their record label Apple. Right there, the band performed their last show to a shocked crowd. The band played just a few songs before the police stopped them. Later in the year, John married Japanese artist Yoko Ono. Around the same month, Paul married New York photographer Linda Eastman. When John and Yoko had their honeymoon, they were unaware that the press would join them. This became known as the couple's "bed-in for peace". On June 1, the couple along with the press recorded "Give Peace A Chance".

There were also some bad things going for the Beatles that year. John and Yoko were arrested the year before for possession of marijuana. The man who caught them, Sgt. Pilcher, also busted George and his then wife Patti Boyd for drug possession. Things got really bad when the Let It Be album got shelved. Beatles producer, George Martin, remembers getting a phone call from Paul. Paul asked Martin if he'd produce their next album. Martin said he'd do it, only if they made an album like they use to: no tensions or arguments. With that, Abbey Road was recorded.

Track by track reviews

1. "Come Together"- Abbey Road starts off with this Lennon-penned rocker. Although the song's title became one of Lennon's sayings, the song is basically gibberish. "Walrus gumboot" is also mentioned, referring to "I Am The Walrus" and "Ono sideboard". According to sources, Lennon wrote the song originally for Timothy Leary to use in his campaign against Ronald Regan to become governor of California. Lennon made it a Beatles song once Leary was arrested for possession of cannabis. Lennon also got in trouble later on for using the lyric "Here come old flat top". Lennon settled this out of court. The song, in a whole, is a simple classic rock song. Various other bands would cover the song, notably Aerosmith in 1978.

2. "Something"- This is the only Beatles song that went to #1 and wasn't credited to Lennon/McCartney. This song is George Harrison's. Harrison's wrote this love song for his then wife, Patti Boyd. Despite the couple's split in 1974 and Boyd's marriage to Harrison's friend Eric Clapton, George was fine about it! Some think that by this time, George was becoming a better songwriter. It's a touching love song. Frank Sinatra even remarked that it was "the greatest Lennon/McCartney song ever written". Sure it is, Frank! In the Anthology book, George remarks that he had met Michael Jackson at the BBC for an interview. When the interviewer commented on the song, Michael said, "Oh, you wrote that? I thought it was Lennon/McCartney."

3. "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"- If there was ever a list made of the weirdest Beatles songs ever made, this song would make the list. However, it's still a great song. The song, written mainly by Paul, is about a demented man named Maxwell Edison. In the first two verses, Maxwell kills both a girl named Joan and his teacher after beating them with a silver hammer. Maxwell also gets away by killing his judge too. As creepy and silly as it sounds, the song is still loved by Beatles fans. John, who didn't play on the track, had dismissed the song before as one of Paul's "granny-styled" songs. Ringo remarked in 2008 that the recording session for this song was the worst. According to sources, Ringo was hitting an anvil for the hammer sound! George once remarked that when it came to fruity songs, this was one of them.

4. "Oh! Darling"- This little doo-wop like song sung by Paul is one of the band's most overlooked songs. The lyrics are so simple and the beat is oh so catchy. Also, Ringo does some fantastic drumming in between the verses and chorus. In the chorus, Paul is nearly screaming the lyrics. In the Anthology book, Paul says that he wanted to sound "as though I'd been performing it on stage all week". John remarked in an interview in 1980 that he could've done a better job at singing it. Overall, this is a great song.

5. "Octopus' Garden"- Ringo wrote this whimsical tune by himself after going on a fishing trip with Peter Sellers. It also marks his second and last song that he wrote while the Beatles stayed together. In the lyrics, we hear that Ringo desires to live in an octopus' garden in the shade. "We can sing and dance around/Because we know we can't be found" puts you in agreement with Ringo. The song is one of the Beatles' more "kid friendly" songs but who cares? It's a really good song although Ringo admits that he was never a good songwriter.

6. "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"- If you don't count the mess that is "Revolution 9", this is the longest Beatles song of all time. It's certainly a rocker and perhaps, more of a jamming tune since the song hardly has any words to it. You got to love the sound of the guitars (which I'm reading were overdubbed over and over) and that little organ solo in the middle. The song ends in white noise. The session the band did the overdubs was the last time all four Beatles were in the studio together.

7. "Here Comes The Sun"- Although it wasn't a hit, people still praise this simple little song. George wrote this song and it's easy to see why. The melodic sounds of acoustic make the song what it is. In Anthology, George said he wrote it when he felt the winter went on forever when it came to buissness at Apple. When it was spring, "you really deserve it". George said he was at Eric Clapton's house when he wrote this song. He said he just walked in the garden with one of Clapton's guitars and wrote the song. One of George's best, for sure.

8. "Because"- A weary but groovy drone is the one instrument in this song if you don't include the trumpets. John, Paul, and George sing this song together and their voices are so harmonious, especially at the "Ahh" parts. This song is also synthesizer heavy. Producer George Martin is playing an electric harpsichord on this.

9. "You Never Give Me Your Money"- It starts off as a piano-based song but all the instruments come together one by one. Once again, the band's voices blend in. When the song picks up the beat, Paul sings in his low voice. The lyrics of "But oh that magic feeling/No where to go" showcases Paul's lower voice. Also, the "funny paper" bit is, according to Paul, about the questions they'd ask on paper to management such as "When will I get famous?".At the end of the song, Paul yells the last lyrics while the counting in the end fades out.

10. "Sun King"- This should not be confused with "Here Comes The Sun". The song is pretty short and has barley any lyrics, some of which has the band singing in Spanish. John said in 1969 that they were just joking around when speaking Spanish. Paul just happened to know a few Spanish words. The silence at the end leads into...

11. "Mean Mr. Mustard"- John, with Paul backing up, sings this song. The song talks about a mean old man who hardly does anything in his life. However, he does have a sister named Pam. Pam takes him out to look at the queen and it's the "only place that he's ever been". Also, he always shouts out something obscene. What a dirty old man but as for his sister...

12. "Polythene Pam"- Next, the listener learns more about Mr. Mustard's sister. "She's oh so good looking but she looks like a man," sings John. She's also "the kind of a girl who brings the news of the world" and you can say she was "dressed to the hilt". The song was inspired by a true story. Paul says that John had met this girl (named Pam) through poet Royston Ellis. John would tell tales that when he was at Ellis' flat, there was this girl who wore nothing but polythene. John said in 1980 that she'd even have sex in polythene. The song goes on rocking...

13. "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window"- "Oh look out!" exclaims John. Would you look at where Pam ended up? This sleazy little number is sung by Paul, who sings, "She said she's always been a dancer/ She worked at fifteen clubs a day". You also got to love the lyric "She could steal/ But she could not rob". The song, believe it or not, is based on another true story. Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues remembers that a groupie had come into a window where singer Ray Thomas was. The band shared their story and Paul wrote a song right there. Some think the song has to do with Beatles fans sneaking in, or Apple Scruffs. This song ends the first suite.

14. "Golden Slumbers"- Don't be fooled by the song credits: Lennon/McCartney didn't write this song; they arranged it, as it is a traditional lullaby. Paul remarked in the Anthology mini-series that his father used to play it on the piano when he was a boy. The music for it was made up and not the original sheets that Paul had. Paul's voice is absolutely great in this short song that goes into...

15. "Carry That Weight"- "Boy, you're gonna carry that weight/ Carry that weight a long time" sings Ringo. A beautiful symphony plays then goes into what sounds like "You Never Give Me Your Money" but with different lyrics and this time, all the Beatles are singing it. The "weight" is sometimes thought to be the Beatles' past. That seems fitting because when the Beatles split, they were left with the tag that said they used to be in the Beatles. The song then goes back to the beginning and then...

16. "The End"- "Oh yeah, all right/ Are you going to be in my dreams, tonight?" asks Paul. This then goes to an impressive drum solo from Ringo that lasts for a while only to switch to a more rocking sound. Ringo says in Anthology that he didn't want to do a drum solo but he did it in this song. The last lyrics in the song are what John called in 1980 philosophical: "And in the end/The love you take/Is equal to the love you make". At the end, you'll hear a long silence. This was not on purpose or an accident. This was the last take of the last song. As the band remarks in Anthology, the room was just silent after they stopped playing. In some way, they all knew it would soon be the end of the Beatles.

17. "Her Majesty"- Paul is the only one on this song. "Her majesty she's pretty nice girl..." are the first lyrics in the only verse. It was originally planned that "The End" would close the album but Paul wanted it at the end. Some people call this song one of the first "hidden tracks". This is how Abbey Road ends: their shortest song of all time ends their last album recorded.

The cover for the album was from a photo session on August 8, 1969. They were only given ten minutes to have a picture taken on the actual Abbey Road. The band, as you see on the cover, was all dressed up. John is wearing white, Paul is barefoot, George is in denim, and Ringo is just wearing a suit. Abbey Road was released on September 26, 1969 in the UK and on October 1 in the US. Both "Come Together" and "Something" became number one hits. The album received mostly positive reviews. Before the year ended, the Beatles would have a new manager named Allen Klien. By 1970, Klien had put the band in a bad situation financially. It's well known that Klien did take some money from his acts. All the Beatles had agreed to Klien being their manager except Paul, who suggested his father-in-law Lee Eastman. Still, the band did manage to get Phil Spector to produce the unreleased Let It Be album. Meanwhile, the band had their last photo sessions. In April 1970, Paul filed a lawsuit against his band mates asking to end their partnership. The Beatles were over. Let It Be was released shortly after.

Over the years after Abbey Road was released, the cover has been spoofed in every shape and form. Most of the songs have been covered and people have had hits out of their versions. You can't help it but when you see a road crossing, you have to take a picture and pose.

Fans should be happier this year with Beatle-related events. The biggest of them all being that the band's entire catalogue is being reissued and newly remastered for the first time since 1987. They were released on September 9, which was also the same day The Beatles: Rock Band video game was released. Although there are only 45 songs on the disc, fans will get to download full albums. The first of the albums will be Abbey Road. There was no explanation on why Abbey Road but now that you've read this; the album is turning 40 years old. You just have to admit: its gotten better.

Note: Abbey Road will be available for download on Wii, PS3, and X-BOX systems on October 20. Although this won’t be exactly in time of the fortieth anniversary, you can play the entire album on this day. Plus, the album came out in the US in October so we really have two months to celebrate!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Michael Jackson Tapes on right now on NBC...

A very interesting special is on TV tonight. Rabbi Shmuley conducted the interviews back in 2000 and 2001. Michael was a good friend to Rabbi Shmuley. So far, I'm hearing nothing new but hopefully, it'll have people understand Michael Jackson a bit better. I've always been a supporter but it wasn't until he died I bought Thriller. I always liked his music but for the hard rock listener like me, it would be considered uncool. I don't care. Slash played with him and sure he betrayed Paul McCartney but wasn't that more Paul's mistake?

If you are reading this now and have missed it, I'm sure they'll re-run it on MSNBC.

John Bonham: 1948-1980, 29 Years Later

May 31, 1948-September 25, 1980

This day in music twenty-nine years ago today, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died from a drinking binge. He was only 32 years old. His death left Led Zeppelin in question until December when the band announced they would continue no longer continue as Led Zeppelin.

Rest in peace, Bonzo. Your passing has been the excuse for Led Zeppelin not reuniting for a reunion tour. You must be that good. Maybe even the best.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I Saw Her Again...Last Night

On The Today Show this morning former child star Mackenzie Philips talked about her new book. The new book reveals her life in drugs and her sexual relationship with (get ready to spew chunks)... her father John Philips. John Philips, as we all know, was a member of the Mamas and the Papas back in the 1960's. She says it began when she was nineteen the night before she was married. She and her father stopped their incestuous relationship once Mackenzie was pregnant. She didn't know if the father of her child was either her husband or John. Her half-sister, Chyna, is believing Mackenzie. Michelle Philips, former wife of John and last surviving member of the Mamas and the Papas, doesn't know what to think.

Okay, this is really disgusting. I love the music of the Mamas and the Papas and it comes as no shock to hear about Mackenzie's drug use. I heard about this before and I'm well aware that all of the group were doing drugs. This now has my thoughts on John in question. John was such a great singer and songwriter. I know of his drug use but now that he actually slept his daughter is gross. I'm sorry. This is not right. There is another half of me that thinks Mackenzie could be making this up for publicity. Therefore, I'm going to stop right here and the next time I listen to the Mamas and the Papas, I will forget about this....or not. Maybe listen to the album that John and Cass were barely on. People Like Us? Terrible album but still...
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