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 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 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 Criss and Frehley have both since left the band again and have been replaced by Singer and Tommy Thayer, respectively. The band have continued with their original stage makeup, with Singer and Thayer using the original Catman and Space Ace makeup, respectively.

Kiss is one of the best-selling bands in the history of rock music, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide, including 21 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
1970 Wicked Lester Wicked Lester 1
1977 Pure Power Various Artists 1
2003 We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones Various Artists 3
2009 Yesssica Klassika Various Artists 1
2011 Totally 70s Various Artists 1
2014 The Art of McCartney Various Artists 11
2015 Sylvesterparty 2015 Various Artists 1
2016 白金の夜明け ももいろクローバーZ 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 K-Tel’s Mind Bender Various Artists 1
1982 Original Top Hits: High Life Various Artists 1
1983 Filmpalast Superhits Various Artists 1
1984 Hear the Light, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1984 The Heavy Way Various Artists 1
1986 Hear ’n Aid: An All-Star Album for Famine Relief Various Artists 5
1986 Hits on CD, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1987 Now That’s What I Call Music! 10 (UK) Various Artists 2 3
1988 Hot City Nights Various Artists 1
1989 FMQB Metal Detector Various Artists 2
1989 Masters of Metal - Strikeforce, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1989 Masters of Metal: Wreaking Havoc, Volume 2 Various Artists 5 1
1989 Warm Aanbevolen Uit 25 Jaar Top 40 Various Artists 1
1990 Heavy Metal Memories Various Artists 1
1990 Annette Hopfenmüller Presents: Hard'n Heavy, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1990 First Degree Metal Various Artists 1
1990 Giants of Rock: The Metal Decade, Volume 1: 1980-81 Various Artists 1
1990 Giants of Rock: The Metal Decade, Volume 2: 1982-83 Various Artists 1
1990 Heavy Metal Love Various Artists 1
1990 Phonogram Promotion CD Nr. 3 Various Artists 1
1990 The Wild One Various Artists 2
1991 Giants of Rock: The Metal Decade, Volume 4: 1986-87 Various Artists 1
1991 Marquee Metal Various Artists 1
1991 Sounds of the Seventies: 1976, Take Two Various Artists 1
1992 100% Hits, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
1992 Welcome to The Hard Rock Cafe Various Artists 1
1992 Welcome to the Jungle: The Essential Rock Collection Various Artists 1
1993 Now That’s What I Call Music! 1987 (10th Anniversary) Various Artists 1
1994 The Best Rock Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 4
1994 Hard Rock Essentials: 1980's Various Artists 1
1994 Guitar Rock: Classics Various Artists 1
1994 Het Beste uit de Top 100 Allertijden: Editie '94 Various Artists 1
1994 Hot Cuts Various Artists 1
1994 Monsters of Rock, Volume 3: Molten Metal Various Artists 1
1994 Wham Bam, Thank You Glam! Various Artists 1
1995 ESPN Presents: Jock Rock, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1995 Guitar Rock: FM Classics Various Artists 1
1995 Guitar Rock: The Late '70s Various Artists 1
1996 Kerrang! Welcome to Planet Rock Various Artists 1
1997 Fetenhits: The Real Classics, the 3rd Various Artists 1
1997 Burning Heart 2 Various Artists 1
1997 Mercury Customer Convention Sampler, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1998 Steve Austin's Stone Cold Metal Various Artists 1
1998 Essentials: Classic Rock Various Artists 1
1998 Halloween Rocks Various Artists 1
2000 Now! T.W.I.C.M. Collection (1983-2000) Various Artists 1
2000 Lucky Number: Selections from the Motion Picture Various Artists 1
2002 Frosh: The Mullet Years Various Artists 1
2002 Pure 80’s Rocks Various Artists 1
2002 The Best of 70’ Rock Edition, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2003 Mullet Years Rocker Various Artists 1
2004 World Cup of Hockey 2004 Various Artists 1
2004 The Very Best of MTV Unplugged 3 Various Artists 1
2004 Thomas Gottschalk präsentiert: 50 Jahre Rock! Love Songs Various Artists 2
2004 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rock & Pop Various Artists 1
2004 100 Hits Hard Rock Various Artists 1
2004 Legends: Ultimate Rock Collection: My Generation Various Artists 1
2004 Pure Rock Moods Various Artists 1
2005 While My Guitar Gently Weeps III Various Artists 1
2005 Driving Rock: 37 Classic Anthems for the Open Road Various Artists 1
2005 The Best Beer Drinking Album in the World... Ever! The Second Round Various Artists 1
2005 Power Ballads Gold Various Artists 1
2005 Ultimate 16 Originals: Ultimate '80s Rock Various Artists 1
2005 The Best of the Best Air Guitar Albums in the World… Ever! Various Artists 1
2005 Monster Ballads Platinum Edition Various Artists 2
2005 Radio 2 Top 2000 Editie 2005 Various Artists 1
2005 Legends: Twilight Zone Various Artists 1
2005 Rock Gödz Various Artists 1
2005 Ruuhkatukka, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2006 One Shot ’80, Volume 18 Various Artists 1
2006 Skitzmetal Nick Skitz 1
2006 Planet 70’s Various Artists 1
2006 Worlds Best Dad: Super Tracks for Super Dads Various Artists 2
2006 Heavy Metal: The First 20 Years Various Artists 1
2006 Greatest Ever! Eighties: The Definitive Collection Various Artists 1
2006 My Generation: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, the 70s Part Two Various Artists 1
2006 True Disco Various Artists 1
2006 50 Jahre Bravo: 1956-2006 Various Artists 1
2006 Guilty Pleasures: Shameless Blameless Fun Various Artists 1
2006 Monsters of Rock Various Artists 1
2006 Absolute Very Best of the World's Best Ever Beer Songs, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2006 More Cowbell: Classic Rock Various Artists 1
2006 Sampler Gold Various Artists 1
2007 Fetenhits: The Best of Real Classics Various Artists 1
2007 1 Various Artists 2
2007 Classic School of Rock Various Artists 1
2007 Club 80s Various Artists 1
2007 True Power-Ballads Various Artists 1
2007 Die Ultimative Rock Box Various Artists 1
2007 Party Power Pack: Partyhits Various Artists 1
2007 Classic Hits Various Artists 1
2007 Rock Ballads Top 100 Aller Tijden Various Artists 1

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