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Gene Simmons and the horns

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Low8, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
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  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    His sanity isn't the problem. It's his integrity.
  3. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    nixdad, Spectrum, BK bassist and 43 others like this.
  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I totally agree. His business sense is great. This is dumb.
  5. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    It won't work as all someone else has to do is show prior use. like Dio's and a million others photos. I and most other of the population has never known the devil horns to be a pop cultural item associated with GS anyway. Didn't it start out as some sort of surf symbol in the '50s?
  6. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Well...there's "hook 'em horns" (Univ. of Texas):

    And the P-Funk sign:
  7. farace

    farace Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    Good god, that's been an Italian hand gesture since the invention of superstition.
    SirMjac28, Flad, JimK and 20 others like this.
  8. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
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  9. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    I never actually learned to play very well
    It's just business. Ha.
  10. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    Here's a better money making scheme (Which will probably get removed):

    Rev J
  11. LT131


    Jan 25, 2015
    Deep South
    It was actually invented by Al Gore.
  12. fretter


    May 24, 2012
    It's funny how a symbol that was controversial and scary in the 80s can now be seen during any televised awards show featuring a band with guitars.

    Maybe the inventor of the french fry fork can then file a copyright infringement case.
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  13. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    Did Dio really do it before Gene though? Was he doing it Rainbow? I always hear people say he invented it but there's lot of footage/pictures of Gene doing it in the 70s, well before Dio was a big name. I don't really care either way, just curious.
  14. mrufino1

    mrufino1 Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2005
    Nutley, NJ
    Ha! I've recorded someone at that place and played there a few times.

    Either way, Gene Simmons has an interesting view of the world.
  15. ThePresident777


    Oct 6, 2013
    Gene Simmons can go copyright deez horns (double birdies):

    (picture is a moderator edit since the original one was against the rules)
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2017
  16. Rabidhamster


    Jan 15, 2014
    He should try to copyright sucking instead, thats what he's best known for.
  17. Exactly, it's used to chase evil and evil things and bad luck away often accompanied by the person using it saying "TIE'"
  18. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    according to paul stanley's autobiography, gene isn't the go-get-'em business man he markets himself as - kiss has people who come up with that stuff and gene takes the credit.
  19. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    "Well, he would, wouldn't he? Come on, gimme a shaging break."
  20. fretter


    May 24, 2012
    Not that I care that much, but I haven't seen any pictures of Dio with Rainbow where he "throws the horns". So, none prior to 1980 when he joined Black Sabbath.

    A 1970s picture, judging by the bass:

    KISS - Love Gun album (1977). The cover was painted by Ken Kelly. Maybe he popularized the gesture.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2017
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