Saturday, November 24, 2007

Mean Gene

I found this article on the local newspaper website (What's a newspaper? Who reads the actual physical paper anymore? Do they even print it any longer?) Anyways, I have been an above average KISS fan since I saw them in the summer of 1996 in Pittsburgh on their first reunion tour. Not that I was a big fan then, at the tender age of 15, but seeing KISS was more of a Plan B, especially since we were planning to see the Smashing Pumpkins in three days when this happened. Turns out that this was my first concert too- now that's they way to start out my downward spiral to my own personal private pit of hell of eternal rock n roll damnation...Now after seeing KISS a few times, I am a full fledge fan. Not necessarily a card-carrying member of the KISS Army, but a staong fan nonetheless. How can you not be, only if you've seen them in concert.

So, anytime KISS is in the news, I try to listen. If nothing else, Gene Simmons (the most vocal of the group; also the most entrepreneurial of them; also the most arrogant of all {humans} by far; and the best self-promoter in the game. He should write a book about, oh wait...) is always entertaining to some extent. I always try to watch, listen and learn when Gene speaks. (His show on A&E is something else. If you haven't seen it, give it a shot if nothing else is on.)

The article below is classic Gene. Is he serious? Is he kidding? Does he really think that? Probably so, because he LOVES money...and power...and attention. Or is he being sarcastic- what's he going to do: repo some college kids' dorm room, a third-hand car, a cheap computer, a $347.63 savings account and a bong?

Who knows. He's Gene though- he does what he wants. Read on...

Gene Simmons, Charmer

Some people feel that the recording industry's strategy of suing their fans to keep them from illegally sharing copyrighted music online is a little backward. Not KISS founder Gene Simmons. According to Simmons, the industry's problem is they haven't sued enough college kids:

The record industry doesn't have a (expletive) clue how to make money. It's only their fault for letting foxes get into the henhouse and then wondering why there's no eggs or chickens. Every little college kid, every freshly-scrubbed little kid's face should have been sued off the face of the earth. They should have taken their houses and cars and nipped it right there in the beginning. Those kids are putting 100,000 to a million people out of work. How can you pick on them? They've got freckles. That's a crook. He may as well be wearing a bandit's mask.

In case you were wondering what Simmons is up to these days, he's hard at work writing "Ladies of the Night," a "personal and historical overview" on the profession of prostitution. You stay classy, Gene Simmons.

Yes, you stay classy, Gene Simmons. Oh wait- you've always been.

Well, at least to me since 1996, and that's all that really matters.

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