Does KISS belong on the must-own album list for '80s fans?
Face it: Even as grown adults now, we still don't know what to make of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and KISS.
Definitely a phenomenon more associated with the '70s, they had an impact on many of us who would grow up to more clearly identify with the bands of the '80s. And I'd argue they officially jumped the shark (yet another '70s term) with 1978's KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, that dreadful made-for-TV movie that made every pre-teen boy feel ashamed for ever borrowing his mom's makeup and dressing up like Ace Frehley and using a tennis racket as a guitar.
So here's the important question: Does any KISS album belong on the list of 80 Must Own Albums for '80s Fans? (We started compiling the list over the weekend. Join in with your suggestions here.)
Maybe Destroyer? KISS Alive II? Maybe even one of their '80s albums -- Asylum? Crazy Nights?
[By the way, KISS just signed an exclusive deal with Wal-Mart for distribution of their new album Sonic Boom, due to be released only at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club on Oct. 6. How crazy is that? KISS is the sort of band that Wal-Mart would have banned from their record racks during the whacked-out PMRC parental sticker days.]