KISS (US rock band)

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Despite the name "KISS" appearing on the title for marketing purposes, the 4 1978 albums that were released under each members' names were solo albums. As such, you will find them listed under their respective artist names: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss.

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Kiss (often styled as KISS) is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances—which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through multiple lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. Counting the 1978 solo albums, Kiss has been awarded 30 gold albums to date, the most of any American band. The band has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States, of which 25 million have been certified by the RIAA and their worldwide sales exceed 100 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Simmons (vocals and bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar and vocals) and Peter Criss (drums and vocals).

With their make-up and costumes, they took on the personae of comic book-style characters: The Starchild (Stanley), The Demon (Simmons), The Spaceman or Space Ace (Frehley) and The Catman (Criss). Stanley became the "Starchild" because of his tendency to be referred to as a "starry-eyed lover" and "hopeless romantic". The "Demon" make-up reflected Simmons' cynicism and dark sense of humor, as well as his affection for comic books. Frehley's "Space Ace" make-up was a reflection of his fondness for science fiction, technology,and his supposedly being from another planet. Criss' "Catman" make-up was in accordance with the belief that he had nine lives, because of his rough childhood in Brooklyn. Due to creative differences, both Criss and Frehley departed the group by 1982. The band's commercial fortunes had waned considerably by that point.

Buoyed by a wave of Kiss nostalgia in the 1990s, the band announced a reunion of the original lineup in 1996. The resulting Kiss Alive/Worldwide Tour was the top-grossing act of 1996 and 1997. Criss and Frehley have both since left the band again and have been replaced by Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, respectively. Kiss has been named in many "Top" lists. These include Number 10 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock", 9th on "The Greatest Metal Bands" list by MTV, number one on Hit Paraders's "Top 100 Live Bands", 56th on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists Of All Time", and 26th on Gibson's "50 Greatest American Rock Bands". On April 10, 2014, Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1974 KISS 3.5 17
1974 Hotter Than Hell 4 15
1975 Dressed to Kill 4 17
1976 Destroyer 4 23
1976 Rock and Roll Over 4 20
1977 Love Gun 4 21
1979 Dynasty 4.35 18
1980 Unmasked 4 15
1981 Music From “The Elder” 4 18
1982 Creatures of the Night 4.5 19
1983 Lick It Up 3.5 15
1984 Animalize 2 13
1985 Asylum 2.5 15
1987 Crazy Nights 2 14
1989 Hot in the Shade 2 10
1992 Revenge 2 13
1997 Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions 2 10
1998 Psycho Circus 4 11
2009 Sonic Boom 8
2012 Monster 5 11

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1978 Double Platinum 14
1978 The Best of Solo-Albums 1
1982 Killers 9
1988 Chikara 1
1988 Smashes, Thrashes & Hits 5 8
1996 You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! 5
1996 Greatest KISS 5 13
1997 Greatest Hits 3 1
2001 Box Set 4
2002 The Very Best of KISS 3.5 9
2003 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of KISS 3
2004 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of KISS, Volume 2 2
2005 KISS Gold 7
2006 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of KISS, Volume 3 2
2008 Playlist Plus: KISS 3
2008 The Complete Collection 45 1
2008 地獄烈伝〜ニュー・レコーディング・ベスト〜 2
2008 Ikons 3
2010 Icon 2 2
2010 The Greatest Hits 1
2012 The Casablanca Singles 1
2014 KISS 40: Decades of Decibels 7
2015 KISS 40: Decades of Decibels 3
Eddie Kramer Demo & Nightbird Interview 1974 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 KISS Alive! 1975–2000 4
Greatest Live Hits 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1975 Alive! 3 20
1977 Alive II 15
1993 Alive III 6
1996 MTV Unplugged 4 6
2003 KISS Symphony: Alive Ⅳ 5 4
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Selma, TX 06/10/04 1
2004 Instant Live: Smirnoff Music Centre, Dallas, TX 06/11/04 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Clark County Amphitheatre, Ridgefield, WA 06/22/04 1
2004 2004-07-10: Instant Live: Germaine Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH, USA 1
2006 Alive: The Millennium Concert 3
2008 KISS Alive 35: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland 27.5.2008 2
2008 KISS Alive 35: Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden 30.5.2008 1
2008 KISS Alive 35: Valhall, Oslo, Norway 31.5.2008 1
2008 KISS Alive 35: Koengen, Bergen, Norway 1.6.2008 1
2008 KISS Alive 35: Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany 4.6.2008 2
2008 KISS Alive 35, 2008-06-09: Velodrom, Berlin, Germany 2
2008 KISS Alive 35: SAP-Arena, Mannheim, Germany 10.6.2008 2
2008 KISS Alive 35: König-Pilsener-Arena, Oberhausen, Germany 11.06.2008 1
2008 KISS Alive 35: Download Festival, Castle Donington, England 13.06.2008 2
2008 KISS Alive 35: Arrow Classic Rock Festival, Nijmegen, Netherlands 2
2008 KISS Alive 35: Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium 28.06.2008 1
2009 KISS Alive 35/Sonic Boom: Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI, USA 2009 (Night 2) 1
2009 KISS Alive 35: Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK 10.11.2009 1
2009 KISS Alive 35: Calgary, Alberta Nov 12 2009 1
2009 KISS Alive 35: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX 06.12.2009 1
2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe: Manchester, May 10, 2010 1
2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe: London, 13 May 2010 1
2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe: Milan, May 18 2010 1
2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe: Oberhausen 1. Juni 2010 2
2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe: Rock am Ring Fest, Germany 2010 1
2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe: Barcelona, June 24, 2010 1
2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe: Vitoria, June 25, 2010 1
2010 The Hottest Show on Earth: Buffalo, NY 8/13/10 1
2014 Live on Air 1
2014 Rare Radio: Live on Air 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
2012 Destroyer: Resurrected 4

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1974 Nothin’ to Lose 1
1974 Kissin’ Time 1
1974 Strutter 1
1974 Let Me Go, Rock ’n Roll / Hotter Than Hell 1
1975 Rock and Roll All Nite 2
1975 C’mon and Love Me 1
1975 Rock and Roll All Nite (live version) 1
1976 Shout It Out Loud 2
1976 Flaming Youth 2
1976 Detroit Rock City / Beth 3
1976 Hard Luck Woman 2
1977 Calling Dr. Love 1
1977 Christine Sixteen / Shock Me 1
1977 Love Gun 1
1977 Then She Kissed Me 1
1977 Shout It Out Loud (live) / Nothin’ to Lose (live) 2
1978 Rocket Ride / Tomorrow and Tonight 3
1978 Strutter ’78 3

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