Thanks to James D. (check out his list here), it looks like we are starting a top ten list from various bands each week. We will be alternating who picks the bands. Due to recent news, I decided on Queensryche last month. James D.’s pick was KISS for this month.
First and foremost, most people have no idea how near and dear to my heart KISS was, and still are today. KISS was a staple of our childhood. They were practically my introduction to metal and I never looked back. I do not want to cry the blues on how KISS got me through tough times, but in reality, they really did. It was an outlet for me. Back in the 80s, bands came and went, but the two that stuck with me through the early 80s were KISS and Judas Priest. As the years went on, of course, Iron Maiden and Metallica came about, but the two bands that were at the forefront for me were always Priest and KISS.
With all of that being said, this list was so tough for me. I knew that it would be hard. And I will be honest with you, if you ask me to do this list next week, it could possibly change. I really do not want to short change KISS’ catalog. It is second to almost no one. They have so many great songs that choosing only 10 is damn near impossible. My rule for this list was to do it quickly and not second guess myself. Probably not the best way to do a top ten list, but for KISS, it seemed the best way.
Here we go. Read this list and destroy it if you would like, but better yet, post your top ten.
10. I Stole Your Love
This one was so tough. Basically, I had 5 songs to choose from that would take the tenth spot. I could have honestly chose from a hundred songs in this spot. Like I said above, I went through this quickly and for some reason, I Stole Your Love jumped out at me.
9. Love Gun
This is probably more of a mainstream pick that my tenth pick. I doubt many people would argue with this one being here. Still one of the greatest openings in metal ever. To add some cheese to this, I am still a sucker for Paul’s intro to this song at every concert. He always gave some cheesy story about his “Love Gun” that we just ate up and laughs our asses off to. Such a great live song.
8. Black Diamond
“Out on the street for a living.” That line just hit home back in the day. It was one of the first songs that told a story, and was one of the first truly epic metal songs. During their live shows, it became a staple and it was well deserved. The end of the song in its live state is simply amazing. I am not bust the chops of Black Sabbath in any way because they had so many epic tunes as well, some of which I like more than Black Diamond, but nonetheless, Black Diamond rocks.
7. Cold Gin
“I know it’s getting so hot outside. You need something to cool off. I know some of you out there like to drink tequila. When you’re down in the dumps and you need something to bring you up, there’s only one thing that’s going to do it for you… COLD GIN!” Great song. Not sure what else I can say about it. First off, what most people may not even realize is that Gene did not write this one himself. Ace is the one that actually wrote most of it. He just figured that Gene would do it more justice. Seems like this list is very heavy with their debut album.
I have always been a sucker for Firehouse. To truly appreciate it, you have to hear it live. While the album version is still sweet, the extra distortion live and the up-tempo feel is just what the song needed. Of course, when you start hearing the sirens during the song, it gets that much better.
5. Keep Me Comin’
Okay, so I can hear a lot of people bitching about this one. First off, I am starting to sound like a Paul fanatic. Believe me, I still love me some Gene Simmons. Actually, my favorite member of the band has always been Ace Frehley. His guitar skills are so underrated. Anyway, to get back to the song, this is one of KISS’ best riffs ever laid down. The song is downright sweet. I just wish that they would play it live these days.
4. C’mon and Love Me
Another underrated song that only gets better with age. This is a pretty often-covered song by a lot of metal bands, but no one tops the original on this one. The riff and the vocals are unstoppable.
3. God of Thunder
Just think of Gene doing his bass solo with the blood spewing everywhere up on stage and then breaking into this one. This song is pure evil, and the album version has the children talking in the background just making it more evil.
2. I Love it Loud
Funny that I Love it Loud and God of Thunder come one after the other. After Gene’s solo, he would normally break into one of these two songs. I will be honest with you, I could never get enough of this song as a kid. It hit every note with me. You had to “turn it up.” This one will never get old.
1. Detroit Rock City
Okay, so most of you expected Rock and Roll All Nite here. I really cannot blame you. It is a kick-ass song and there are not many songs (if any) that are ever performed better live. It is that good. For me though, I have heard it a million times (quite possibly literally) and it has been played out with me. Not knocking it – just telling the truth. For me, it is Detroit Rock City at the top of the list for me. I know that people think that I am nuts, but this is an amazing song. The non-stop riffs, the bass lines that stand out, and of course, “Get up.”
So, that makes up my ton ten list for one of the greatest bands of all time from any genre of music. Of course, as with any of my lists, I always have to list the honorable mentions. I will keep it short though. I could quite possibly list dozens of songs here, but I will keep it brief.
Not much to say about this one except that it rocks.
Young and Wasted
One of the most modern songs on this list. Great riffs in this one.
Heaven’s on Fire
Now this is a beginning that you would never forget. Truly an amazing song all around.
Under the Gun
Looks like my last three honorable mentions are the modern ones. I cannot believe that I am saying modern since they are all about 20 years old.
This was a fun list to put together. Join us again next month for another foray into top ten land. I know which band I am picking, but am not announcing it in case I decide to change my mind. I am nuts like that.
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best. The Hottest Band in the World – KISS!