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The Truth About Gene Simmons

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by plangentmusic, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. plangentmusic

    plangentmusic Banned

    Jun 30, 2010
    Don't worry...this is not a thread to debate the merits or the foibles of Gene Simmons. He's fine. Certainly competent for what he needs to do but nothing amazing. I'm sure even Gene would be in agreement with that assessment. So, let's leave that alone. On to my main point...

    I see within a lot of those types of threads a major misunderstanding. it's about songwriting. KISS sold millions of records so people assume they must be good songwriters, or in the least ....decent?

    Here's the reality. Writing a rock and roll song is relatively easy. It's comparable to a skill such as sketching, or hanging wallpaper. Some people do it better than others and some people can't do it al all. But it's hardly an elite artistic talent. A million guys can do it.

    But that's the magic of music. When it's all done in time and in tune and with good sounds, it takes on a power. It moves people. It makes them think it's more than it actually is. And the truth of the matter is, even if you're mediocre -- even if you're LESS than mediocre -- with enough time and effort and experience you can take any old crappy song and do it well enough to elicit that reaction.

    Let's face it -- KISS weren't signed for being hitmakers. They had a gimmick that the record company knew would sell. The music is secondary. In their career of 100 or so songs, about five are barely pretty good. (Arguably) At any rate, that ain't that great.

    Now of course, the pedestrian response is "Well, YOU do it!" Well, I have. But in the music industry it isn't about ability, it's about having the right product at the right time and being involved with the right people. That's not sour grapes. I've experienced it myself. I was on a TV show for 5 years. Why? I got lucky. Right place/right time. Meanwhile there are guys who can recite Shakespeare who are waiting on tables. I'm not saying I'm not a good actor. But it's still 90% luck.

    So there it is. Don't look too much into it. There's talent all over the place. On Youtube. Right here on TB. Next door, upstairs , accros the street. And then there's mediocrity -- on TV. In the movies. On the stage at Madison Square Garden. At the Grammy's.

    That's show biz.
  2. knigel

    knigel Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Somerville, NJ
    I'm the Squier of Fenderbirds
    Running through a field in your underwear on an episode of COPS barely qualifies you as "being on TV."
  3. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    Your "about five are good" argument is void. "Good" is an opinion. Someone might think all of them are good. Someone might think none of them are good. Someone might like the ones other than you like.
  4. Bongofour


    Sep 5, 2010
    Just like the "Kings of Leon"

    Worthless musicians with a purpose i suppose?:rollno:
  5. sykes of christ

    sykes of christ

    Mar 15, 2010
    You obviously haven't heard the album "Hot in the Shade".
  6. BigOldHarry


    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Hey look! Another Gene Simmons Thread!!!

    :hyper:Oh Goodie!:hyper:

    While we're at it, can someone tell me what the best bass under $300 for metal is???? :p
  7. pnut166


    Jun 5, 2008
    What TV show were you on ?
  8. Bongofour


    Sep 5, 2010
    Sure I have;

    More vanilla coming through the ole' speakers for the masses to package up.
    Furthermore, after reading the latest article on Jared in Bass Player, it has reinforced a simple point.
    You do not have to be proficient, just formulaic.
    Box patterns and triads galore....yet again, not making them an enemy. Just nothing refreshing.
  9. plangentmusic

    plangentmusic Banned

    Jun 30, 2010
    Think ya missed the point bro. ;)
  10. Doesn't Paul Stanley write most of the songs?
  11. plangentmusic

    plangentmusic Banned

    Jun 30, 2010
    A perfect example of what I'm talking about. Big production. Great sounds. Slick performance. But the compositions are stock and hackneyed. But hey, if you like it , you like it and it served its purpose.
  12. Rumblefisher

    Rumblefisher Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Astoria, NY
    Which show? :D
  13. plangentmusic

    plangentmusic Banned

    Jun 30, 2010

    Eh, does it matter? It was a soap. No major starring role. Mostly bit parts, small scenes with a few lines here and there. But it was great money, a lot of fun, easy, and you get to rub elbows with celebrities. Not the worst way to make a buck.
  14. fourstringburn


    Jun 30, 2009
    New Mexico
    Interesting points, but as for the music industry as a whole, Will there ever be successful bands like Kiss and others ever again? With so many other forms of entertainment via computers and hi-tech cell phones, and now rock-n-roll has turned into a video game with this "Rock Band" nonsense. Also music is easily downloaded and shared (stolen) leaving the artists uncompensated. So what's the future for the recording industry? Music will always be around like it always has, but it seems the days of the big rock star era is waning.
  15. waleross


    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    The truth is Gene is laughing all the way to the bank and then some. Nothing else worth adding .................:eek:
  16. plangentmusic

    plangentmusic Banned

    Jun 30, 2010

    All good points, but I'm actually not anti-Rock Band. I think it introduces good classic music to kids and is actually a pretty good time keeping exercise.
  17. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    That is absolutely true. And no doubt millions have, including nearly every garage band with incredibly in-depth lyrics such as "ooh baby I need to give you my all". (Impressive, no doubt!!) But the trick is writing a song that other people actually enjoy listening to......the lyrics, the composition, the dynamics, etc. That whittles it down to a very small fraction of that "million" you reference.

    Most "dudes" who attempt to write songs generate tripe. Look at Nickelback for example. Their music bites wangus and swallows. Sometimes I think things have gotten to the point where any dweebus maximus erectus is allowed into a recording studio. (And don't even get me started on rap!) The result is what we the public end up being bombarded with. It's like getting blasted with junk mail in the mailbox. It's not desirable. Where is the real skill level? The real talent?

    KISS' music is indeed very average and simplistic (perfect btw for beginning musicians to learn and jam along with and pretend to be a rock star). But KISS had a gimmick that worked. Good for them! They thought of it, and they cashed in big time. I respect that. I wish *I* would have thought of it. I like to see people succeed, especially when they came up with an idea that others didn't.

    For me, I prefer music that is desirable to listen to. And in my opinion, not everyone can write that type of song. I do not want to listen to tripe. I want to hear some good quality stuff. Of course, what I like is irrelevant to anyone reading this, because all of our tastes differ. But there is a reason bands like Led Zep, Rush, Beatles, etc are so well respected. They wrote alot of good music (as demonstrated by their music's popularity and longevity). Sure....not all of their songs are great, but the percentage of their material that is great is much higher than bands who write tripe.

    This is all IMO of course!!!
  18. MHT75

    MHT75 Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    Are you a member of the Kiss army ??
  19. Not really but it could be an easier way to make fun of you for not worshiping Gene Simmons. :D

    Nice! I'd do it but I have no acting talent. Sorry for the de-rail again.
  20. fourstringburn


    Jun 30, 2009
    New Mexico
    That much maybe true, but the point I'm making is why the younger generation who may be are musical future would bother learning guitar if they can play it on TV with a cardboard cutout.

    Sure it could inspire some to do it for real, but I have already seen instances where one gave it up because they realized it takes a lot of effort and commitment. Not so with the video game band.