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May 15, 2008

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Taxman

easily the most merchandised band in rock history
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Not even close. The Beatles hold that mark. Epstein sold merchandising rights for a penny.

Kurt Gottschalk

Well, I'll give you that Epstein was a pioneer in the art, but I'd guess that KISS gets the prize out of longevity. They've been pedaling crap for at least 30 years and still going strong (the photo above is of a KISS candy dispenser I bought recently). Check out the KISS store at http://www.fanfire.com, just for example.

Supposedly Gene Simmons wrote a Master's thesis on how to operate a rock band as a business, but I've never been able to find it. If anyone has any leads...

Taxman

They've been pedaling crap for at least 30 years and still going strong
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That just means they're still 10 years behind. Beatles merchandising continues unabated.

Captain Wrong

Not defending the Beatles Inc, but there's never been a Beatles coffin or Beatles condoms. Sure, the Fabs may have been first, but you can literally go from cradle to grave surrounding yourself with KISS products.

Taxman

Has there been a Kiss Stamp? Can you send a birth announcement and a death notice with a Kiss stamp? No.

Nick the Bard

"Has there been a Kiss Stamp? Can you send a birth announcement and a death notice with a Kiss stamp? No."

Well, there WAS a Gene stamp issued in 2006, so that's probably close enough...

http://www.genesimmons.com/news/022006.html <<< Feb. 3 news post

Taxman

So they make vanity stamps now. Not impressed. Let us know when the United States Post Office honors Kiss with a stamp.

Taxman

So they make vanity stamps now. Not impressed. Let us know when the United States Post Office honors Kiss with a stamp.

K

Oh come on, Tax. You don't get royalties on a stamp. I think Gene is the undisputed champion of commercial whoring. I mean, could you even imagine the late George Harrison ( OK, so maybe I'm cherry picking here ) saying something like what Gene says about Kiss? "Kiss is not a Band, it's a Brand!"


Nick the Bard

Show us where there's a comic book with real Beatles' blood mixed in the ink then.

Taxman

easily the most merchandised band in rock history
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This is the remark I object too. I have no argument with any claims of Gene's whoredom. Merchandise-wise, Kiss is still back in the pack, the only question is are they #2 or lower.

Bill V

There was a Gene Simmons sex video on the internet a few months back. Very strong possibility he was with a "pro", since she was a bored, fake-boobed blond who seem repulsed by his attempt to kiss her. Nice to write about what you know!!

Kurt Gottschalk

I posted a little what for about Gene's videoindiscretion back here

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2008/02/im-not-even-goi.html

Knowing I played some small part in starting a KISS vs Beatles merch flame war means I can die happy.

That said, uh, clearly KISS outmerch the Beatles by way.

"there is a peculiar prudishness to the man" - interesting observation

Modern Method

There is something sickening about the sycophantic rush of one individual to defend the "honor" of the Beatles in regards to how well they merchandized themselves. Lord, I hate the Beatles...

Chris

You guys are aware that KISS has a Coffeehouse, that Gene is planning a partnership with Southwest airlines for KISS AIR, and a KISS Kasino in Vegas, right? I enjoy both bands, but I doubt the Beatles would have gone that far even if they were still together (and all alive, of course). Can you really picture a Beatles Casino? A reality show, maybe, but nothing that crazy.

Kurt Gottschalk

since the debate rages on, i'll add this to the fire

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=7&entry_id=28109


SIMMONS: 'CONDOLEEZA RICE IS SEXY'
KISS rocker Gene Simmons has developed a crush on U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

The pair met in Sweden in May when they were staying in the same hotel. Kiss were performing in the capital Stockholm and Rice was meeting with politicians to discuss Iraq.

Simmons was stunned to discover the 53-year-old Republican is a fan of his band, and he reveals they bonded over a private meeting.

Rice said at the time, "I was thrilled. It was really fun to meet Kiss and Gene Simmons."

And Simmons, who claims to have seduced 5,000 women, adds, "She told me it was OK to call her Condi, and that she was a fan. I find her very sexy."

... and thanks everyone for posting. this has been a fun one.

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