In 1973, KISS formed in New York City. The band’s original members were Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. Never all that much about the music, this band climbed to fame on its face paint, stage outfits and a live performance that featured fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits and constant pyrotechnics. This is not to say that there weren’t many bands influenced by the music found here. Just that that band would never have become the stars they became without the show. There have been multiple line ups since the beginning.
KISS become one of best selling bands in the history of rock music. The band has sold over 75 million records worldwide including 21 million RIAA certified albums. On April 10, 2014, KISS was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Their third studio album was released on March 19, 1975. It is entitled Dressed To Kill. Among the songs on this album is the hit Rock N Roll All which became a legendary anthem when played live. It might be said that despite the extremely average musical chops, this band put on and continues to put on one heck of a show. I remember that my musical aspirations included have extremely technical chops and somehow combine progressive hard rock with a stage show that captured at least a thing or two from these madmen. I didn’t really have the heart to continue with music.
However, all that being said, for what it is and the memories, I have to give in to my inner musical child and rate this album a nine out of 10. I concede it’s not the music but the antics that will always touch my rock-n-roll heart for this band. For three years in a row, I dressed as Peter Criss for Halloween. When I hear this band, I cannot help but remember all the young girls from back then with their calls of “Hey Criss, how about a Kiss?” and “Hey Criss, I have a trick for your treat”. Okay .. not really great reasons to rank this band so high.. But, I’m doing it as a nod of gratitude…
You may listen to Dressed To Kill here: