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 stylized as KISS) is an American hard rock group formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. 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 several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Simmons (vocals and bass guitar), Frehley (lead guitar and vocals), and 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). Due to creative differences, both Criss and Frehley had departed the group by 1982.

In 1983, Kiss began performing without makeup and costumes, thinking that it was time to leave the makeup behind. The band accordingly experienced a minor commercial resurgence, and their music videos received regular airplay on MTV. Drummer Eric Carr, who had replaced Criss in 1980, died in 1991 of a rare type of heart cancer and was replaced by Eric Singer. In response to a wave of Kiss nostalgia in the mid-1990s, the band announced a reunion of the original lineup in 1996, which also saw the return of their makeup and stage costumes. The resulting Alive/Worldwide Tour was commercially successful. Criss and Frehley have both since left the band again and have been replaced by Singer and Tommy Thayer, respectively.

Kiss has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 25 million RIAA-certified albums. On April 10, 2014, Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 KISS KISS 3.5 27
1974 Hotter Than Hell KISS 4 26
1975 Dressed to Kill KISS 4 26
1976 Destroyer KISS 4 32
1976 Rock and Roll Over KISS 4 30
1977 Love Gun KISS 4 35
1979 Dynasty KISS 4.35 26
1980 Unmasked KISS 4 22
1981 Music From “The Elder” KISS 4 27
1982 Creatures of the Night KISS 4.5 27
1983 Lick It Up KISS 3.5 24
1984 Animalize KISS 2 24
1985 Asylum KISS 2.5 25
1987 Crazy Nights KISS 2 23
1989 Hot in the Shade KISS 2 19
1992 Revenge KISS 2 21
1996 Blood Fire and Glory KISS 1
1996 From Outher Space KISS 1
1997 Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions KISS 2 18
1998 Psycho Circus KISS 4 16
2005 Out of Asylum - 1985 Asylum Demos & Rehersals KISS 1
2009 Sonic Boom KISS 14
2011 Wet Wild Rockin’ KISS 1
2012 Monster KISS 5 21

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Double Platinum KISS 21
1978 The Best of Solo-Albums KISS 2
1982 Killers KISS 19
1988 Chikara KISS 1
1988 Smashes, Thrashes & Hits KISS 4.5 13
1990 First Kiss Last Licks KISS 1
1995 Acoustic Kisses II KISS 2
1996 You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! KISS 9
1996 Greatest KISS KISS 5 17
1997 Greatest Hits KISS 3 1
1997 The Very Best KISS 1
2001 Box Set KISS 6
2002 The Very Best of KISS KISS 3.5 8
2003 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of KISS KISS 6
2004 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of KISS, Volume 2 KISS 2
2004 KISS Gold KISS 8
2006 Not for the Innocent! KISS 1
2006 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of KISS, Volume 3 KISS 2
2008 Playlist Plus: KISS KISS 3
2008 Classics KISS 1
2008 Discoveries KISS 1
2008 Favorites KISS 1
2008 The Complete Collection 45 KISS 1
2008 Playlist Your Way KISS 1
2008 地獄烈伝〜ニュー・レコーディング・ベスト〜 KISS 2
2008 Ikons KISS 4
2010 Icon 2 KISS 2
2010 The Greatest Hits KISS 1
2012 The Casablanca Singles 1974–1982 KISS 2
2014 Kill & Destroy KISS 1
2014 KISS 40 KISS 8
2015 KISS 40: Decades of Decibels KISS 3
Eddie Kramer Demo & Nightbird Interview 1974 KISS 1
The Lost Solo Treasures KISS 1
Wicked Lester Sessions Wicked Lester / KISS 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 KISS Alive! 1975–2000 KISS 5
2011 Karton: The Klassic Vinyl Kollection 1974-1978 KISS 1
2012 While the City Sleeps KISS 1
2012 Damned, Cursed, Guilty & Abused KISS 1
2012 MK V KISS 1
2012 The Lost Tapes KISS 1
2013 Who Dares Wins KISS 1
2014 You Are the Best: Because I Say So! The Dutch KISS Army KISS 1
Greatest Live Hits KISS 1

Album + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Starring in: Psycho-Circus: The Recording Sessions KISS 1
Unreleased Kisses KISS 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Alive! KISS 3 29
1976 Set the World on Fire: Destroyer Tour 1976 Live Archives KISS 1
1977 Alive II KISS 22
1984 Barbarize KISS 1
1984 Beware of Imposters KISS 2
1984 KISS Still Love You KISS 1
1985 Animalive KISS 1
1985 Blows Your Head Off, Part One KISS 1
1985 Blows Your Head Off, Part Two KISS 1
1985 Firehouse KISS 1
1985 Live Without a Net KISS 1
1986 Walking Around the World KISS 1
1987 French KISS KISS 1
1988 At Budokan KISS 1
1988 Monsters of Rock, Schweinfurt 27/08/1988 KISS 1
1989 Monsters of Rock KISS 1
1989 They Only Come Out at Night KISS 1
1990 San Bernadino KISS 1
1991 A Crazy Night With KISS KISS 1
1993 Alive III KISS 23
1993 I WANT YOU: Live in San Francisco 1992 KISS 1
1994 Kissin’ Time in San Francisco KISS 4 1
1995 Die Hard (live Bootleg) KISS 1
1995 Naked & Exposed: An Unplugged Session KISS 1
1996 MTV Unplugged KISS 4 15
1998 The Lost “Alive II” Album: Live in Tokyo 1977 KISS 2
1999 Psycho Circus in 3D Tour ’89-’99 KISS 1
2003 KISS Symphony: Alive IV KISS 5 9
2003 Alive at Budokan KISS 1
2004 Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Selma, TX 06/10/04 KISS 1

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