KISS’ Paul Stanley Picks the Best + Worst Records He’s Made
That's because the musician's responses prove that Stanley recognizes some of the overzealous creative turns KISS made in the early 1980s didn't exactly go over gangbusters with all KISS fans.
Stanley's reflections come the month after KISS introduced their new digital era at their "End of the Road" farewell tour finale in New York in December 2023. Subsequently, fellow KISS figurehead Gene Simmons has already promised that KISS' virtual avatars will "get better."
But that's neither here nor there for the purposes of this article. For now, what does Paul Stanley think are the best and worst records he's made?
Best Record Paul Stanley Made
"We constructed the ultimate KISS album and the ultimate live album in KISS Alive! " Stanley tells Classic Rock when asked for the best record he has made. "We wanted to immerse you in the audience at a KISS show," he explains.
Indeed, "to hear the noise of people around you, for the explosions to be as loud as if you were there" was part of the appeal. "And as soon as that album came out, it flew out of the stores," Stanley adds.
Worst Record Paul Stanley Made
Stanley continues, "Unmasked was tepid and had no balls to it. Actually, the band at that point probably had no balls to it either. 'The Elder' was a misguided attempt at impressing people who we shouldn't have been trying to impress — the critics — while forgetting the people we should impress, the fans."
KISS Unmasked and "The Elder"
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