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 rock band 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 Criss and Frehley have both since left the band again and have been replaced by Singer and Tommy Thayer, respectively.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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Strutter / Detroit Rock City The Donnas / KISS 1
2009 Modern Day Delilah KISS 3
2009 Say Yeah KISS 1
2010 Never Enough KISS 1
2012 Hell or Hallelujah KISS 2
2015 夢の浮世に咲いてみな ももいろクローバーZ vs KISS 7

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 I Love It Loud (live) KISS 1
1993 Detroit Rock City (live) KISS 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 God Gave Rock & Roll to You II KISS 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 2000 Man KISS 1
1987 Lick It Up KISS 1
1988 Crazy Crazy Nights KISS 1
1988 Let’s Put the X in Sex KISS 1
1988 Tears Are Falling KISS 1
1988 Turn On the Night KISS 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 I Was Made for Lovin’ You KISS 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 The Originals KISS 3
1978 The Originals II KISS 1
1987 Exposed KISS 2
2009 2 for 1: Destroyer + Rock and Roll Over KISS 1
2014 The Casablanca Years: 1974-1982 KISS 1
2014 KISSTERIA: The Ultimate Vinyl Road Case KISS 1

Other + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 KISSOLOGY: The Ultimate KISS Collection, Vol. 1: 1974-1977 KISS 4
2007 KISSOLOGY: The Ultimate KISS Collection, Vol. 2: 1978-1991 KISS 4
2009 KISSOLOGY: A Limited Box Set KISS 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Fifteen Years On KISS 2
1995 The Interviews, Volume 2 KISS 1
2000 KISS Uncovered KISS 1
And Tell... KISS 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Animalize Live Uncensored KISS 2
2003 KISS Symphony: The DVD KISS 1
2005 Rock the Nation Live! KISS 3
2007 KISSOLOGY: The Ultimate KISS Collection, Vol. 3: 1992-2000 KISS 4


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
King Biscuit Alive! KISS 1
MTV Unplugged: The Lost Tracks KISS 1

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