I have always been neutral, at best, with regard to the music of KISS. They might have five songs that I like, and that’s about it.
If I had ever gone to see them in concert I might feel differently, since that’s really the way one is supposed to experience them, according to their fans. But until one of those fans buys me a front row seat to such a concert and drives me back and forth to the venue personally, I’m not going.
The individual members of KISS are another matter entirely. Gene Simmons has a nearly unanimous reputation as an asshole.
He even released a solo album in 2004 called “Asshole,” so his personality is not a matter of debate. But by casting such a long and unpleasant shadow with his towering persona, he has made fellow bandmate Paul Stanley look like “the good one.”
Stanley’s reputation as the more pleasant of the two has protected him from a lot of ridicule, and we at The Z Review feel that this is an injustice. This reputation deserves to be smashed.
In the year 2000, for reasons best known to them, Folgers, who make shitty, undrinkable swill and call it “coffee,” had Stanley appear in a commercial for their product. According to Rolling Stone, it never aired because focus groups didn’t like it but some kind and enterprising individual located it, uploaded it YouTube, and the rest is cringe-inducing history.
Stanley has done just as much stupid shit as his tongue-wiggling bandmate, but has not earned even a fraction of the ire that he has coming to him. So today, on the 27th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the 93rd anniversary of the birth of Carroll O’Connor, we correct that injustice.
Watch the video below and enjoy the sight of what small shred of credibility Stanley might once have had disappear into the ether.