Greg Prato reports for Songfacts’ Fact Or Fiction:
“Think back to the early ’70s for a moment, shall we? If you turned on AM radio, took a gander at the charts, or looked at a local concert listing, such feel-good, easy-to-digest musical acts as JOHN DENVER, THE CARPENTERS, and AMERICA were the popular flavors. And then… there was KISS. Specializing in high-decibel rock anthems, pyro-heavy live shows and mega-merchandising, the band refused to display their naked mugs to the press, creating an air of mystery and rampant rumors – some of which were true.
Although the best known (and many feel definitive) KISS lineup featured Paul “Starchild” Stanley, Ace “Spaceman” Frehley, Gene “Demon” Simmons, and Peter “Cat” Criss, the band has endured countless members coming and going over the years, and even – rather unwisely – unmasked and pursued more radio friendly sounds during the ’80s. And since the band based their personas on fantasy, it’s sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction…”
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