Thursday, September 19, 2013

KISS, "Love Theme from KISS"

Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo recently revealed that the first song that his band ever played in public was a instrumental deep cut for a band that's usually not appreciated for their instrumentals or their deep cuts.

That's a shame, because "Love Theme from KISS" is a neat little song, and the only one to be credited to all four original members of KISS. It feels improvised but still sounds tight, like a perfect blend of Ace Frehley's creativity and Gene Simmons' leash. The main riff could easily carry a longer song, but in 1974 KISS were still taking risks, and they were right to keep it short. Simmons and Paul Stanley would later decide it was in their own best interest to fire Frehley and Peter Criss, replacing them with better players who did less drugs. But comparing something as organic as this to "Hell or Hallelujah," one can hear who really suffered from those decisions.

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