podkisst6part2go• Our exclusive PodKISSt interview with Adam Black, artist and writer for the “KISS4K” online comic, conducted by our good buddy Ken

• Adam’s insights into his experiences working in and around the KISS world

• And, of course, plenty of great music!!!

Make sure to check out our links and keep us posted on what you want to hear in the future!

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podkisst5300300copygo.jpgIn the fall of 1978, TV viewers and pop culture enthusiasts got a double-shot of cheesy goodness. On October 28, “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park” had its television premiere. Kids across the States rocked out as their heroes struggled valiantly against robots, monsters, and even their own dialogue! From Aces Black stunt double to the porno-funk fight music, it was cheese at its cheesiest. More kitsch” than KISS, this movie defined all that was right and wrong about KISS in their heyday.Mere weeks later, the Star Wars Holiday Special had its sole TV airing. This little travesty makes Phantom of the Park look like Casablanca. Apart from a brief and brilliant animated segment introducing the world to the enigmatic Boba Fett, the Star Wars Holiday Special was really neither Star Wars nor Special.

And yet I love both of these movies.

Whether I’m watching KISS battling their robot doubles or Bea Arthur dancing with Greedo, I’m instantly transported back in time to a simpler, gentler moment before we had digital effects, before the original lineup broke up, & before the 1970’s ended.

In dreams, I frequent a non-existent museum wherein the year 1978 is celebrated and commemorated. Glass cases house 1st edition copies of The World According to Garp and The Year of Living Dangerously. Video screens show re-runs of “Taxi” and “WKRP in Cincinnati”. Visitors thrill to the 1st Space Invaders cabinet while children play with all 12 of the original Star Wars action figures. And there in the center of the museum stands a life-size cut-out of our 4 makeup-clad heroes, right where the Freddie the Fox and Oliver Walrus exhibit once stood.

On this edition of the PodKISSt we take you back to that glorious time as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of (arguably) KISS’s biggest and boldest year. Here are some of the highlights:

– a rare single version of “Strutter ’78” with a refreshingly different mix
– an overview of recent happenings in the KISS world
– the legendary “Black Box” solo album interviews
– a VERY SURPRISING phone call
– letters from our listeners
– lots of rare audio clips
– a tribute track from Canada
– and much, much more!

So snuggle up with your Shogun Warriors, put away your Howard the Duck comics (Steve Gerber R.I.P.), and ride the KISS coaster to Magic Mountain and beyond as we bring you our longest show yet! We had to split this into 2 files, so don’t forget to download them both!

We’ll be back soon, and we hope you enjoy what you hear. Drop us an email and let us know what you think. Big thanks to our friends at Sagafoo, MyKISSlife (especially Ken and Tony), KISSfaq, and elsewhere (you know who you are).

Goodbye is only for now!

Gary and James

[Note: this PodKISSt consists of 2 parts!! Both are available for streaming below – click “Play Now” next to Pt. 1 to begin!]

Posted on 15 Feb 2008 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt # 5 – Each Sold Separately • 1978 P 2

podkisst4300300-copyWell, folks… they say that time flies when you’re having fun, and for KISS fans this is certainly applicable. It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since KISS released the “Creatures of the Night” album… and yet, when I think back on what else was going on back then, it does seem like a long time ago; I was in 2nd grade, and when I wasn’t thinking about KISS, I was busy with questions like “Is Darth Vader REALLY Luke’s father?” and “Do all of the Pac-Man boards basically look like this?”

“Creatures” is an album that has held up very well over the years, probably because it’s an unpretentious, straight-ahead rock record that somehow maintains its continuity and integrity despite the fact that there’s no solid lineup throughout the album. In this episode of PodKISSt, we celebrate this fan favorite by examining the album in the context of social trends, the band’s history, the evangelical protests, and more.

You’ll hear:
– the original BTO version of “Rock and Roll Hell,”
– raw drum tracks from the “Creatures” sessions,
– interviews and news clips from the “Creatures” era,
– rare live performances from KISS’ 10th Anniversary tour,
– and much, much more!!!

BIG THANKS to Tony, Ken, and the rest of our friends… and most of all, to YOU, the KISS Army, for being so patient and demanding what you’ve always demanded: THE BEST!!!

We hope you enjoy listening to this as much as we enjoyed assembling it. BE WARNED: Paul does use profanity in one of the live clips, so if you’re listening with a wee KISS Army member, cover those ears during the live version of “I Love it Loud!”

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Now, in the words of the Demon… TURN IT UP!!!

Posted on 27 Apr 2007 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt #3 • Get All You Can Take

Sometimes, the really simple stuff is deceptively hard to understand. For example, here are a few tricky concepts I’ve been reading about at work, and trying to use every day:

Everything that exists exists right now.
• Nothing exists except for what exists right now.
• This moment is what it is, as it is, because it is.
• This moment cannot be changed, because it is a done deal.
• Everything else exists only in our minds, even the past.

Alive! may be the most misleading album title of all time, NOT because there are overdubs on the record, and NOT because it’s an inanimate object. It’s misleading because it has come and gone, just like these words I’m typing.

This is what we struggle with constantly. We refuse to accept the fact that this moment is ALL we have, and that it’s a done deal. Instead, we wind up saying things like:

“I should be making more money.”
“She should have said it more often.”
“He should have done it differently.”

Basically, we spend most of our lives should-ing on ourselves! Even worse, we miss out on everything that’s happening all around us. I don’t know who said it first, but there’s an expression that comes to mind:

“If you have one foot in the past and one foot in the future, you’re crapping on the present.”

And you know something? We, the members of the KISS Army, often make that mistake.
Think about it: how often do the “shoulds” come out when we’re talking about KISS lineups (who’s in and who’s out), KISS albums (who played and who didn’t), KISS tours (full seats and empty seats), and the big one since 2001, KISS makeup?

“Should” is a pointless word, because the past is absolutely gone. So what’s left? Everything!

Every time we put on our copies of “Alive!” it becomes a part of the present, and in some ways, it’s very much alive again.

We said “goodbye” to Eric Carr many moons ago, and now we’re saying “goodbye” to Mark St. John. Already, we’re being tempted by the “shoulds,” as we think about what was and what wasn’t and what could have been.

Instead, why don’t we listen to Animalize and enjoy what IS?

Rather than dedicate this show to the passing of Mark St. John, James and I want to dedicate this show to something that’s still alive and always will be: his music.

In this episode:

– We take another trip to ABNER’S LABORATORY to hear the Animalize
album in the making.

– We get HOOKED ON ROCK AND ROLL and find out where “Firehouse” came from.

– We present our EXCLUSIVE BRUCE KULICK INTERVIEW, conducted by our
good friends Corey Nowlin and Mike Flasch.

and much, much more!!!

So take some time to enjoy this installment of PodKISSt, and then do something else. Whatever you do, though, don’t let the autopilot take over, don’t let your memories capture your focus don’t get stuck in the “shoulds.” Just enjoy what is, as it is, because it is, and get all you can take.

Thanks, Mark, for being a part of this moment, and this one, and this one, and this one.

(Please check out our friend Corey Nowlin’s site http://www.effnshirts.com where Corey puts his own wild spin on KISS t-shirt designs!)

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Well, KISS Army, here we are again! It’s time for the next installment of YOUR PodKISSt. Why is it YOUR PodKISSt? Simple: you’re the KISS Army! You did what the KISS Army has always done, you asked for KISS, KISS, and more KISS, so here you go. A full hour of KISS-related information, commentary, and (most of all) MUSIC, and best of all, it’s listener-driven. The responses we received to the 1st installment were varied and many, and we’ve tried to meet as many requests as we possibly can.

Keep in mind that this is only the beginning, so here’s what we’ve got in this episode:

– In our “Hooked on Rock and Roll” segment, we take a trip back in time to explore some of the music that served as an influence to KISS’ early songwriting. You may be surprised by how strongly late-60’s fuzz-guitar/psychedelic/garage punk influenced the thunderock of classic KISS, and who knows? Maybe you’ll add another band to your list of favorites!

– Next, we take a trip down to “Abner’s Laboratory,” where we witness the weird science that gives rise to the music of KISS. Some experiments yield rockin’ results, while others have never seen the light of day, until now! Put on your lab coat, and beware of the phantom!

– A frustrating financial fiasco that the fans WON’T blame on Gene? That’s right, we’re talking about The Great A&E Debacle of ’07!

– You wanted ’em, and you got ’em! We’re giving you a bevy of live KISS rarities! You won’t find these songs on any album that has the word “Alive” on the cover, but you’ll find ’em here!

– We dive into our big bag ‘o mail to find out “What’s On Your Mind!”

A big thanks to RisingForce, Fasterpdiddy, Ren5150, and the rest of our buddies at sagafoo.com for some of the kool, killer KISS kuts you’ll be hearing on the show. Be sure to check out kfkwkp.tk for Kevin Warhaft’s very own KISS podcast, as well as our friend Corey Nowlin’s site effnshirts.com where Corey puts his own wild spin on KISS t-shirt designs!

ALSO, don’t forget to send us your questions for BRUCE KULICK, who Corey will be interviewing at the upcoming KISS Expo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Email your questions to podkisst@gmail.com and remember, there are NO guarantees, we hope the interview happens, and we hope your questions get on there! The more interesting, the better, we don’t really need to know what Bruce’s favorite color is!

OK, enough talk! Big thanks to the usual gang, and of course … thanks to KEN for your outstanding artwork and thank you TONY for the great sites you run!!! Now click on the link, and let us know what you think!


Posted on 20 Jan 2007 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt #1 – We Are Just Getting Started!

Hello and welcome!

This is your first taste of what’s to come… a sneak preview of PodKISSt for you to download and enjoy! As we move ahead throughout the year, we’ll be making steady changes (and hopefully improvements) to the sound, content, and presentation of the PodKISSt… but we can’t do it without YOU! So please, send us an email at our
podkisst@gmail.com address, and visit us online at www.podkisst.com

This sneak preview will give you a chance to meet us (James and Gary), and to get a sense of what we’re hoping to do in future programs. You’ll hear a little about us, find out how this PodKISSt idea got started, and then take a trip back in time to February 17th, 1977, when the 4 members of KISS appeared on 99X in New York City to promote
their first Madison Square Garden show!

A big THANKS to Ken, Tony, and everyone else who worked behind the scenes to make this possible… and thanks to THE KISS ARMY for taking an interest in the project!

We want to stress also that this is a labor of love. The internet is not always an easy place to be a fan; while there’s no shortage of information (and misinformation, too), there’s also plenty of quarreling, complaining, and one-upmanship. By no means do we intend to overlook key issues in the KISS world (past, present, and future), but we do want this to be a positive show overall… a celebration of KISS, their music, their fans, and their impact on popular culture.

Throughout the course of our shows, you may hear unreleased recordings that fans have been kind enough to share with us. We want to stress that PodKISSt does not endorse the sale or distribution of copyrighted material. We also want to encourage you to BUY THE STUFF THAT KISS PUTS OUT!!! Go get “KISSology!” Go get “Live to Win!” Go get “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” on DVD!

And of course, we want to thank Gene, Paul, Peter, Ace, Eric C., Vinnie, Mark, Bruce, Eric S., and Tommy. You are KISS. We are your Army. If you happen to hear the PodKISSt, we hope that it reminds you of how important you are to your fans!

So sit back and enjoy… and tell us what you think. We’re still working out the bugs (the hiss, the volume issues, etc.), but as Paul would say…


Rock and roll,
Gary and James

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Now, in the words of the Demon… TURN IT UP!!!