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KISS is an American glam rock/hard rock band formed in New York City in 1973. The group has performed and recorded continuously since their formation. Co-founders Gene Simmons (bass) and Paul Stanley (guitar) have been the two constant members throughout the band's history. KISS is known particularly for their use of face-paint, elaborate costumes, and over-the-top stage shows riddled with pyrotechnics.
In 1975, having achieved recognition, but no big hit single, Casablanca Records head Neil Bogart stepped in to produce their next album, trading in the live garage-band sound of Hotter Than Hell for the more crisply produced Dressed To Kill, released in March 1975. The album included two important songs in the group's career; "C'Mon And Love Me," their first big radio hit, and "Rock And Roll All Nite". While Dressed To Kill sold better than the previous two KISS studio releases, it was still the excessive live performances for which KISS was known. Popular performance gimmicks were: Gene spitting "blood" (primarily yogurt and food coloring), Gene "breathing fire" (spitting flammable liquid at a torch), Ace soloing his guitar as it burst into flames (light and fog machine inside), Peter's elevating drum riser that emitted sparks, Paul's Who-style guitar smashing, and ostentatious pyrotechnics throughout. KISS attempted to express the excitement felt at such a show with their next album, delivered in September 1975, Alive!, primarily recorded in Detroit's Cobo Arena. The album would go on to achieve Quadruple Platinum status, and spawned KISS's first top 40 single, the live version of "Rock And Roll All Nite". Following this success, KISS partnered with producer Bob Ezrin. The result was Destroyer (released March 1976), KISS' most commercially successful studio album, including the hits "Beth", "Flaming Youth" and "Shout It Out Loud." The ......
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