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KISS rocks out on ‘The Paul Lynde Halloween Special,’ 1976
10.28.2014
07:02 am

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Nothing better exemplifies the “everything but the kitchen sink” entertainment mentality of the 1970s than “The Paul Lynde Halloween Special,” which includes the following components: swishy comedian Paul Lynde, Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch, Florence Henderson, Billy Bartie, Tim Conway, “Pinky” Tuscadero (no, not “Leather”), Donny and Marie, Betty White, Sid & Marty Krofft’s Witchiepoo, and ... KISS!
 

 
In addition to being Samatha’s campy Uncle Arthur on Bewitched, and supplying the voice for Templeton the Rat in Charlotte’s Web, Lynde was best known for being the “center square” on the Hollywood Squares, from which perch he would uncork as many double entendres as the format could sustain. He was gay and didn’t apparently seem to care if anyone knew about it, meaning that the home audience could be assumed to be pretty much clueless on the matter. (At the wrap party for Bye Bye Birdie early in his career, Lynde quipped in a toast, “Well, I guess I’m the only one here who doesn’t want to fuck Ann-Margret.”) In any case his jokes are super corny—only masochists will want to sit through the whole thing.
 

Ace Frehley hanging out with Billy Bartie
 
Apparently this was the first prime-time network appearance for KISS—anyone know?

Here’s the part you want to see—KISS doing “Detroit Rock City”:

 
The entire special after the jump…

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Goofy commercial hawking KISS makeup kit, 1978
09.26.2014
09:51 am

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Kiss kids
 
By the late 1970s, KISS mania was in full swing, and many products bearing the band’s logo were available. Some of this stuff—trading cards, action figures, even a pinball machine—had little to do with rock-n-roll, but were a perfect fit for a band now seen by many kids as superheroes.
 
KISS comic book
 
Those same kids were amongst those attending KISS concerts made-up to look their favorite member of the group, so one piece of merchandise that made total sense was the KISS Your Face Makeup Kit.
 
KISS fans
 
KISS fans
 
Check out this 1978 commercial for the makeup kit, which partially succeeds in attempts at self-conscious humor, but is also just plain goofy.

Halloween will be here before you know it, KISS fans—get yours NOW!
 

 

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‘Beth, I hear you calling’: The totally made-up, not true story behind the biggest KISS hit ever had
12.27.2013
09:05 am

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Beth
 
Conduct a casual poll of the hardy troops that make up the KISS Army as to their favorite KISS songs; I’d wager you’ll hear a lot more votes for “Strutter,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Rock and Roll All Nite,” or, hell, even “Lick It Up” than you will for Peter Criss’ 1976 power ballad “Beth.” KISS fans don’t exactly know what to do with “Beth,” a syrupy piano number (with flute!) about puttin’ in those long hours in the studio that was the biggest his KISS ever had, clocking in at #7 on the Billboard Singles chart. No other KISS song ever cracked the top 10 until 1990’s “Forever” (which I wouldn’t be able to hum for you on a bet).

Director Brian Billow of Anonymous Content has brought to life a short script by Bob Winter, an advertising creative director based in Miami, that asks the compelling question, “But what of Beth’s side of the story?”

As with any undertaking like this, the trick is nailing the details. Beth’s colorful frock and wood-paneled kitchen accurately capture a certain 1970s je ne sais quoi that permits “Beth,” however brief, to be placed honorably alongside Boogie Nights and Almost Famous and The Last Days of Disco and 54 and all those other movies about the 1970s that came out in the late 1990s. The concept of KISS laying down tracks in full costume is just the right preposterous touch—but then again, maybe it isn’t that preposterous. This picture comes from the Destroyer sessions—the same album that “Beth” is on!
 
KISS in the studio
 
For the record (the movie has no credits), Criss is played by Steven Olson, and long-suffering Beth is played by Lilli Birdsell.
 

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‘Beth’ by KISS: The Story Behind The Song
04.26.2013
03:32 pm

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A clever comedic dramatization of the inspiration behind KISS’s biggest hit single, “Beth.”

The less said about this the better. Just watch.

Directed by Brian Billow of Anonymous Content.
 

 
Via Cherry Bombed

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KISS THIS: 45 shitastic minutes of Paul Stanley’s stage banter
04.19.2013
01:22 pm

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Why?

Sorry folks, I couldn’t help myself: Here’s 45 minutes of Paul Stanley stage banter. Or, better yet, 45 minutes of pure fucking hell!

As WFMU described it via Twitter:

Great for ruining parties and torturing anyone who’s trying to sleep.

I’d have to agree.
 

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‘Beth’ by KISS: Best/worst music video ever?
04.08.2013
09:04 am

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Personally, I’ve always hated KISS—even when I was a little kid, I saw no appeal to them whatsoever, they just seemed moronic to me (and not in a good way)—but that didn’t stop me from using their 1976 hit single “Beth” as a deliberately annoying ringtone until it annoyed even me too much (so I switched over to the banjo break in “Squeeze Box” by The Who, arguably even more annoying!).

Here’s the pre-MTV era music video for “Beth.” I saw this for the first time this morning and LOL’d at how utterly pathetic this is. Aside from Peter Criss (and Paul Stanley to a certain point, I suppose) the band dosen’t really have anything to do. It’s just ridiculous.
 

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KISS plays Michigan high school’s homecoming in 1975
04.01.2013
06:56 am

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KISS Cheerleader
 
I had never heard this particularly piece of KISStory, but it’s such a teenage fantasy come true that I hope there were at least a few members of the Kiss Army there to extra appreciate it.

Assistant Coach of the Cadillac High School Vikings Jim Neff tells the story:

In 1973 the Cadillac High School Vikings football team finished undefeated with a perfect 9-0 record. Spirits were soaring as the 1974 season began, but the Vikings lost the first two games of the season. We coaches knew that the team was talented, but we also knew that the pressure of living up to the accomplishments of the previous year were causing the team to play below their abilities. We were looking for something to lighten the atmosphere and playing Rock and Roll in the locker room before practices and games was suggested.

As the resident Rock and Roll expert, head coach Dave Brines gave me the task of picking the music. I chose a new and outrageous band—KISS. They were wild, bold, and loud. Plus, their name invoked an old football credo—Keep It Simple Stupid. It was a match that was meant to be. The 1974 team won its final seven games with KISS as an inspiration. The band heard about what we were doing and instantly adopted the Vikings as their team. Then in October of 1975 the unbelievable happened, KISS came to Cadillac High School and played a homecoming concert in the high school gym. It’s an event that has become a cornerstone of KISStory and a legendary event in Rock and Roll.

Even as an ex-marching band kid, I can appreciate the beauty of this rock/jock marriage. If you click here, you can flip thru a 1975 issue of Lisa and Richard Robinson’s Rock Scene magazine that tells the entire story in detail with a lot of photos.
 
KISS touchdown
 

 

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KISS really look like shit these days
11.26.2012
08:49 am

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It’s KISS meets Menudo meets The Warriors.

And if you really want to own Los Cau’s Salten Todos…, it’s on eBay with a price tag of $100.00.

Via Awkward band and musician photos

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KISSelback: ‘Rock ‘n’ roll will never die!’
01.23.2012
02:45 pm

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KISSelback


 
This has to be the single worst (or maybe the best, you decide) image making the rounds on the Internet today, January 23, 2012.

Makes you wonder what type of person has the balls to drive something like this around every day?

(via reddit )

 

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The Paul Lynde Halloween Special

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Just in time for the holiday!  Ever dream of seeing on the same stage KISS, Margaret Hamilton and Witchiepoo?  Well, The Paul Lynde Holiday Special is here to make that dream come true!  Broadcast just once in ‘76, The Paul Lynde Variety Show was reissued a few years back on DVD, but is now available on YouTube.  Part I follows below, with links at the bottom to all the rest (KISS appear in Part V, right before the emergence of the forever-sexy, Roz “Pinky Tuscadero” Kelly).

 
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special Parts II, III, IV, V, VI

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