Kiss of Death

As a followup to the previous post, let me just say that the review in the Chicago Reader is not a terrible one–indeed, it is a recommended show–it’s just that this particular writer has a way with backhanded compliments that tends to dampen my enthusiasm. But even that is not the real problem. It’s the Kiss reference. “I suspect that deep in their hearts they’d really like to be Kiss.” (I shudder as I write it!)

I can assure you that, in the deepest, darkest part of my heart, whether it be my teenage heart or the one that sits in there today, I have never wanted to be like Kiss. The Who, R.E.M., Sonic Youth, Flaming Lips, many others…yes. But Kiss? No. That band is antithetical to everything I believe in about music. They are a model for commerce and marketing, not rock and roll. They do not, contrary to popular belief, want to rock and roll all night and party every day; they want to take your money. Gene Simmons (real name: Chaim Witz) doesn’t even drink–has never been high, drunk, or smoked in his life, he claims. Talk about an antihero for this Booze Cabinet, not to mention kids everywhere!

Anyway, just wanted to clear that up. Thanks for the review otherwise, Ms. Kendrick.


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