Everyone says that the best era of KISS was sometime in the mid 1970's, when they released songs like "Rock N Roll All Nite", "Shout It Out Loud", "Detroit Rock City", etc. I would argue that the best - and the most underrated - albums and songs by KISS are from the hair-metal era.
OK, so maybe there isn't ONE cohesive album that inspires musicians like Slash and Tommy Lee to pick up their respective instruments like "Destroyer" or "Love Gun".
But COME ON, "Thrills In The Night", "UH All Night", "Heaven's On Fire", "Let's Put The X In Sex", "I Just Wanna" - these are much better songs than "Shout It Out Loud"!
And then there's my personal favorite hair metal era-KISS song "God Gave Rock N Roll To You II". The lyrics of that song should be burned into the consciousness of anyone who ever threw on a leather jacket and believed.
And as a side note, who can forget the poiwer ballad (co-written by Michael Bolton to the dismay of many KISS purists) "Forever" with that awesome orange-tinted video? Awesome.
Things I wanted to hate but just can't:
~ Slash & Fergie's song - "Beautiful Dangerous". The combination of Black Eyed Peas lead singer Fergie with the greatest guitar player of our time sounds like it's destined to fail. Yet, somehow, this works and it works well. The video is what would have been if old Guns N Roses videos about partying at the Rainbow and the Whisky were combined with Motley Crue's "Girls Girls Girls" video.
~ The Pretty Reckless. Yes the lead singer is 17 year old Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen, who more often than not resembles a sort of Gothic Barbie. Their first single "Makes Me Wanna Die" is incredible, so are both versions of the video (official and viral). By selling her sexuality with her music, Momsen isn't doing anything different than any other rock 'n roll singer throughout history. This reminded me a little bit of Courtney Love and Hole, and in a good way.
~ The song "King of Anything" by Sara Bareilles. I could not hate her absymally awful ear-killing song "Love Song" any more than I do, but for some reason, this song gets in your head and is just undeniably appealing. God help us. It also sounds like it should be in an Apple commericial, and maybe it already is.
* This. JUST BECAUSE.
Things I want to hate (and actually do):
~ The Dr. Luke overproduced and extremely auto-tuned two hit singles by Katy Perry - "California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream". The entire song "Teenage Dream" sounds like Katy is straining to try to bring her voice up an octave and failing. I won't deny that I have both "Hot N Cold" and "I Kissed A Girl" on my iTunes but COME ON Katy, this is absymal. And your next single isn't any better.
~ The fact that "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz set a record for most consecutive weeks by ANY SONG IN HISTORY on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Enough said. This is hideous.
~ The fact that last week's #1 song in the country "Like A G6" by Far East Movement has an entire verse featuring these lyrics:
Drink it up, drink-drink it up,
When sober girls around me, they be actin like they drunk
They be actin like they drunk, actin-actin like they drunk
When sober girls around me actin-actin like they drunk"