For Beth and Kids In Satanic Service!
Beth- No Use For A Name Making Friends
Room Service- Kiss Dressed to Kill
Heart Stops Beating- Nick Piunti Beyond The Static
Daddy's Gone For Good- Ben Vaughn Mood Swings
I've Got Your Number- Nick Gilder Rock America
*Hard Luck Woman- The Hold Steady Rags
*Getaway- The Carburetors Gods of Thunder - A Norwegian Tribute to Kiss
*Christine Sixteen- Gin Blossoms Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved
Mix Tape- Richie Parsons Honey and Tears
FOH- Superchunk I Hate Music
Goodbye Princess- Cheepskates It Wings Above
*Strutter- The Donnas Strutter
*Goin' Blind- Dinosaur Jr. Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved
*Rock 'n Roll All Nite- The Summer Set Punk Goes Classic Rock
Take It Easy- Sloan Commonwealth
Don't Like Your Face- The Heats Have An Idea
What's The Matter With Mary- Little Murders Stop Plus Singles 1978-1986
*Deuce- Redd Kross Teen Babes From Monsanto
*Do You Love Me- Girlschool Running Wild
*Plaster Caster- The Lemonheads Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved
Could Be Worse- Bleu Redhead
Mystery to Me- The Talk Not Just Hearsay
*C'mon And Love Me- Smalltown Rockets Gods of Thunder - A Norwegian Tribute to Kiss
*Black Diamond- The Replacements Let It Be
*Shout It Out Loud- Motorhead Larger Than Life 3
>God Gave Rock And Roll To You- Argent God Gave Rock And Roll To You
*Detroit Rock City- The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Detroit Rock City
*All American Man- The Hellacopters Cream Of The Crap Vol. 2
Rock Bottom- Kiss Dressed to Kill
^Power Pop Prototype: (Kiss Version) #15 Billboard Hot 100 2/26/77
*SacroSet[s]: Songs Kiss Taught Us
>Power Pop Prototype: 1973 (Kiss Version 1991)
When I was in the 4th Grade we moved from Brockton to Duxbury, Mass and it was a culture shock. I was used to kids making fun of me for what I looked like or how I acted but it took some time to get used to kids making fun of me for the shoes and clothes I was wearing. This is doubtless a "white people problem," but when everyone is in Adidas and Levi's while you're rocking no-name sneakers and Toughskins it can seem pretty bleak. We had the money but my Mom, true to her Scottish heritage, drew the line at what were then $40 sneakers and $20 pants and she wasn't budging.
Needless to say, a few months later I was overjoyed to find what appeared to be the perfect pair of sneakers one town over at the Marshall's in Marshfield. I'd finally have what everyone else had! I proudly wore my new shoes to school the next day and wasn't in the door 30 seconds before some douche pointed out that my "Adidas" had an extra stripe.
|Four Stripes BAD!|
As a perennial outsider, I was always looking for a way "in" with the kids in my school. A huge rock and roll fan, I'd been buying records for a few years when I started hearing other kids talk about music. J. Geils Band and Bruce Springsteen were two names I'd often hear in the hallway. I didn't like these particular artists but in my twisted imagination I thought I could parlay my passion for rock and roll into some kind of popularity. My favorite band at the time was Kiss. Cousin Rich had turned me on to the Destroyer album and I loved that record. My dad, who always kept a keen eye on my interests, bought me my first rock and roll poster that year- for the Kiss Spirit of'76 tour. I'd listen to the album over and over and just stare at that poster. I loved everything about it- the makeup, the clothes, the patriotic tableau which I'd seen in school and especially the looks on their faces.
|A picture is worth 1000 words...|
I was ready with my hard-earned paper route money when Rock And Roll Over was released on November 11, 1976. Imagine putting out Destroyer in March, heading out on the Spirit of '76 Tour from July through September, releasing Rock And Roll Over in November and then starting a tour for that record- Kiss owned our Bicentennial Year!! I was incredibly jealous that Cousin Rich got to see Kiss on the Spirit of '76 tour on July 11, 1976 at the Cape Cod Coliseum- their opening act was a young upstart out of Detroit named... wait for it... Bob Seger! Jealousy aside, the seed was planted and I resolved to see Kiss before I died, which I did for the first time on February 2, 1978 at the Providence Civic Center. They were even better than I imagined- that show still ranks among my all-time favorites.
Back in 7th Grade I failed to realize that "what" you loved was as, if not more, important than how much you loved it. Kiss were great about including extra stuff in their albums (posters, booklets, tattoos, a Love Gun) and Rock And Roll Over came with a cool segmented sticker of the album cover. I loved all these extras and kept them in pristine condition so it was a big deal for me when I decided to actually use the Rock And Roll Over sticker. During Christmas break I painstakingly applied it to my school notebook, spacing out the segments perfectly, all the while picturing how cool I'd look walking down the halls of Duxbury Intermediate School with this awesome three-ring binder under my arm. That first day it went about as well as it did with my fake "Adidas." I wasn't 20 feet down the hall before someone yelled "KISS SUCKS!" and a bunch of kids laughed. The rest of that year I kept the sticker side of the binder against my body so no one could see it.
|Even Eddie couldn't make me cool|
|Can I give you my card?|
|Photos by Nica Love|
Also, as I write this I think it's important for you to know that I am wearing ... well let me just show you...
|Three Stripes GOOD!|
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