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Gene Simmons tells it like it is!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Dave Siff, Feb 6, 2002.

  1. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Yeah, he tells it like it is in his twisted head. You always know where you stand with Gene, which I respect, but there is also something to be said for knowing when to keep your mouth shut....

    She could probably use a walk in the park, though....
  2. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    That's a hoot!

    He may have been loaded for bear when he came to that interview, based on their rep. He knew what would press their hot buttons.

    I had an employment interview with one of the head-freds of NPR, (I think his name was Rick Shapiro), and he was the embodiment of every NPR stereotpye I feared; nasty, hopelessly left-wing liberal (shouldn't come through in a job interview), and TOTALLY HUMORLESS AND BORING!!!.

    The SNL skits about NPR have done a good job of being as insipid as NPR's rep who interviewed me.
  3. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I liked Gene a lot more when I was 16.
  4. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    In a way, it's kind of refreshing to see someone as brutally honest as many of us wish that we could be.

    On the other hand, it gets old after a few seconds. As much as I like to be brutally honest, I also like to be friendly and stuff.

    To me Gene is usually really cool for about 5 seconds... and then just gets really annoying. I think I would understand him much better if I was still 12.
  5. I actually heard that Monday afternoon. The exchanges were scattered throughout the interview, but they ended with the last exchange quoted in the article. You have to keep in mind that Gene was saying all of this in a very matter-of-fact, conversational tone.

    It was actaully kind of amusing.
  6. I never did like him or his cheesy band.

    In 1975 (I was 17) a friend and I went to the big Warehouse record store in LA and I was going to buy an album. My friend picked up the KISS Alive! album
    and went banana's insisting I should buy it.
    Big waste of money.

    Have always disliked them and cannot comprehend how anyone could. They were marketing suckers as far as I was concerned.
    They sux, have sux'd, and always will sux.
  7. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    I guess I would like to ammend what I said earlier, I like the music of Kiss. Simple Rock... kinda in your face. I just don't care for the band members.
  8. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Melbourne, FL

    man, what a guy... :D
  9. That was the conversation I posted about the other day in the Bassist fourm...

    The man is such an idiot, and I agree that I never got why people liked their music - its such simplistic garbage.

    The sad part about the conversation was that he was trying to sound very smart and philosophical, and he may have sounded that way to a bunch of Jr. High School boys, but he was in way over his head. Terry Gross is one of the smartest, most interesting people on the radio! Her interviews are amazing, and Gene certianly didn't measure up!

    He actually made the remark that 'gymnasium' was a big word, the kind they use on NPR ... How stupid did he want to sound?

    I'm suprised that he fit his head through the front door.
  10. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    Slightly off topic, but did anybody here ever see Paul Stanley in Phantom of the Opera when it ran in Toronto? I never saw a review or heard how he actually was. I think that would have been kind of cool.

    I went as far in my youth to buy KISS Alive and Destroyer. However, of the albums I have repurchased on CD, neither one of those were acquired. I think KISS has value in the same vein as WWF. Some amusement.
  11. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Believe me, keith, he isn't as idiot when it comes to the business side of music. It is so easy to end up broke and in debt in this business. Not falling into the financial traps of the major recording companies takes some savvy.

    If you notice in any of his interviews or those with other KISS members, very little, if any, of their patter is about the music or their instruments. They approached it as purely a business and did it quite well. Simmons never has said a single word about his bass skills, IME.

    Like you, I don't like their music either, with the exception of a couple of songs. But when it came to business acumen, these guys had it.

    Depressing as it it for we musicians, image sells.
  12. KISS is the band I feel is responsible for killing DISCO, so they got that going for them. Although I don't like the Music particularly they were entertaining to watch.
  13. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Ugh. I was just reminded of the Disco version they did of Strutter on the PLatinum album. Eek. :eek:
  14. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    One word....."PUBLICITY". Gene has a new book out and people today are talking about him AND his book.
    Gene is an extremely intelligent individual and shrewd businessman. Like him, or not....he makes a whole lot more money then most of us will ever see.
    That doesn't make him a good musician, but it does make him a smart one.
  15. I would like to see her interview Johnny Rotten
  16. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    I remember Kiss wholehearted joining the Disco craze. I don't think anyone killed Disco. It was a fad that was hot, faded out, and came back again.
  17. SMASH

    SMASH Guest

    Jan 18, 2000
    >>> But when it came to business acumen, these guys had it.

    There is no bigger myth in modern music. KISS *were* effectively bankrupt in the '80s through some very stupid business moves and against the advice of their highly paid advisers. The whole comback thing, and whatever of their former fortunes they restored from it, was more fluke than anything else. They have proven that they know nothing about business, save that their fans let them get away with being very crass commercialists.

    Read the book "KISS and $ell" by the former business manager. Plenty of rock stories 'cause he was on the road with them during their heyday, and plenty of intersting tales about a huge fortune going down the drain.

    They're boneheads.
  18. bizzaro


    Aug 21, 2000
    I like and respect Terry Gross. She does great interviews. I would have to agree that Simmons was going for the Howard Sterns "shock factor". Ohhh so brash and bold, woooweeee!!! Buy my book!! Boring, mindless, and tastless! So IMHO not only does his/their music ****, He is an *** to boot.
  19. Well like I said, never really into KISS enough to know about their disco stuff. I always thought of KISS as entertainment more then music but that’s just my personal taste.
    Now that I think about it AC/DC was the first thing I remember that had me thinking disco was over. When you’re an overweight teenager tight polyester cloths and shaking your butt on the dance floor was not something I relished (picture the guinea pig in the Blockbuster commercial but not as hip haha). Now of course I am older and wiser (well Older anyway) and don’t care so much what people think of me. Still glad disco is gone though.

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