The 10 weirdest kiss songs

It seems redundant to say this about grown men who became famous by dressing up as cats, demons and aliens, but Kiss have made some pretty weird songs.

To be clear, weird doesn’t always mean bad. But the famously face-painted band’s never-ending quest for world domination has seen them wander far from their musical comfort zone on multiple occasions, with occasionally inconsistent and sometimes downright strange results. Here’s a chronological look at the 10 weirdest Kiss songs.

“She” (1972 Wicked Lester version, from Kiss’ 2001 The box set)

In 1972, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were the leaders of a struggling NYC band named Evil Lester. After the five-piece’s eclectic self-titled debut album was rejected by their label, the duo left their bandmates and recruited Ace Frehley and Peter Criss and formed the much more streamlined Kiss. Years later they bought it unreleased Evil Lester album back from CBS to prevent the label from capitalizing on their newfound success – and to prevent the album cover from revealing their uncovered faces.

In 2001 several of them Evil Lester tracks were finally legally released as part of a career-spanning Kiss box set. The 1972 version of “She” – a song that would appear in the 1975s Dressed to kill – It sounds like a lost one Jethro Tull track, filled with flute, congas and keyboards. In the 2001s Kiss: Behind the maskadmits Stanley that the group chased trends: “If the wah-wahs were big, we put it on the album. If the ukuleles were big, we had a ukulele track. You name it, we had it on that record. It was mostly terrible. .”

“Goin’ Blind” (From the 1974s Hotter Than HellI)

Here’s a good rule of thumb: If Melvin’s cover your song, odds are it’s one of the weirdest tracks in your catalog. That’s certainly the case with “Goin’ Blind,” a languid ballad that stars Simmons at 93 breaking up with a teenage girl as gently as possible. The Melvins published their version in the 1993s Houdinian album that shows Kurt Cobain as co-producer. “If I listen to Hotter Than Hell record now, I think it’s a lot better than a lot of things people are trying to do along those lines,” Melvins frontman King Buzzo told me. Revolver in 2008. “It’s inventive and weird. It’s good brontosaurus rock, you know?”

“Great Expectations” (From the 1976s Destroyer)

In a truly bizarre mix of high and low culture, Kiss borrowed heavily from Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique for Destroyer the song “Great Expectations.” (Billy Joel did the same for the 1983s”This night.”) They hired an orchestra and the Brooklyn Boys Chorus to spice up the track, but then paired it with some of the crassest lyrics Simmons ever came up with: “You watch me sing this song / You see what my mouth can do / And you wish you were the one I made it to.” “The orchestra was dressed in tuxedo T-shirts and the Brooklyn Boys Choir were in traditional African dashikis,” recalled producer Bob Ezrin of the recording sessions in Kiss: Behind the mask. “Imagine that image, then layer it on top of the misogynistic lyrics, macho vocal performance and the shit-classic arrangement of the song…I laugh every time I hear it. It was brazenness elevated to an art form.”

“When You Wish Upon a Star” (From the 1977s Gene Simmons)

It’s undeniably weird to hear Kiss’ blood-spitting, fire-breathing Demon genuinely crook Pinocchio classic “When You Wish Upon a Star” on his 1977 solo album. But the song has two deep meanings for Simmons. Watching Disney cartoons helped him acclimate to America after moving there from Israel as a young child, and the song’s message inspired him to pursue his musical dreams. “When I first heard that song, I could barely speak English,” he said Grooves in 1978 (as reported by KissFAQ.) “But I knew the words were true. Anyone can have what they want, the world and life can give its rewards to everyone.” IN Kiss: Behind the mask, producer Sean Delaney says that the emotion of the song came to Simmons during the recording sessions. “If you listen to Gene’s version, you’ll hear his voice break because at that point he was crying. I wouldn’t let him re-record the vocals.”

“Just a Boy”, Odyssey” and “Under the Rose” (from the 1981s Music from ‘The Elder’)

That cannot be denied Music from ‘The Elder is Kiss’ weirdest album. After falls out of favor with their once-devout fanbase having a few albums that flirted heavily with disco and pop, the band set out to record a back-to-basics hard rock album. But producer Bob Erzin, fresh off the success of Pink Floyd‘s The wall, helped convince the band to record a bizarre medieval concept album. It bombed in historic fashion and everyone involved The older‘s creation will happily tell you what a big mistake it all was.

But the secret truth is that about 80% of The older‘s weirdness can be found in the first three real songs. (The album opens with a fanfare, of course.) Aside from some occasional lyrical gobbledygook, other side tracks like “The Oath,” “Mr. Blackwell” and “I” offer solid rock thrills. The soft rock ballad “A World Without Heroes” fully deserved its minor hit status and would make sense lyrically even apart from the rest of the album.

But oh boy, the first three songs. Opening with pretentious acoustic guitar flows, tinkling percussion and an unflattering Paul Stanley falsetto, “Just a Boy” aims for greatness but only elicits derision. “Odyssey” finds Stanley moving even further away from the vocal deep Broadway style, on top of overly bombastic strings, pianos and woodwinds. Simmons takes over for “Only You,” which sounds like a bull let loose in a progressive rock china shop. It is by far the best and most conventional song in the trio – and it still sets the weird-o-meter to full.

“My Way” (From the 1987s Crazy nights)

Unfortunately, there is nothing particularly strange or unfamiliar about Kiss chasing trends too far. It’s a pattern they followed in the late 70s with disco and pop, in the 90s with grunge and on 1987’s keyboard soaked Crazy nights, with hair metal. After bringing himself back from the brink of extinction with four solid early ’80s albums and finally finding a perfect long-term replacement for Frehley with Bruce Kulick in the 1985s Asylumthe group cheekily chased after Bon Jovigreat fame with an overly polished and poppy collection of upcoming anthems. The screaming pep talk “My Way” is a definite low point. If you think that’s still not enough to earn a spot on our weirdest Kiss songs list, imagine playing this song to a fan waiting in line for 1977’s Love Gun tour – then tell them that this is what their favorite band is going to sound like for a decade.

“You Wanted the Best” (From the 1998s Psychic circus)

The 1998s Psychic circus was an original Kiss reunion album in name only, with Criss and Frehley secretly replaced by session musicians on all but a few tracks. By far the strangest song is “You Wanted the Best”, which features a title taken from the band’s night introduction on stage. The lyrics quickly reveal themselves as a straight-up group therapy session, with all four band members exchanging insults and complaints in the verses, only to explain that they came together to respect their fans’ wishes in the chorus. It’s a shame they never made a video for this one, where everyone in full costume and makeup in a psychologist’s office knocks each other out with foam bats. On the plus side, the music is actually quite excellent, with Frehley in particular re-creating his old magic on the guitar solo.

“Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina” (2015 single, featuring Momorio Clover Z)

In 2015, Kiss made their first ever collaborative recording, teaming up with popular Japanese pop group Momorio Clover Z. “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina,” which translates as “Try to Bloom in a Dream About the Floating World,” finds Simmons , Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer provides background music and vocals for the group of five female hyperactive pop vocals. The live-action and animation mix video is a must-see, portraying Kiss as benevolent gods who gift their new friends with spiffy samurai armor. The groups switched roles for a Kiss-fronted version of the song titled “Samurai Son,” but “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina” is clearly the more gloriously weird of the two.

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