Top of the Week 25


2-4. KISS: Dressed to Kill, Destroyer, Love Gun
5. Jason Lytle: Yours Truly, The Commuter


KISS: Strutter

Do I need to explain. I can’t explain. Well last week it was midsummer and I did not spend much time listening to music. Except that I bought four KISS albums and spend the sunday listening to them. The summer is usually time when I try to fill some holes in my rock’n’roll education. Believe me, there are huge holes, because I know much more about 90’s power pop and indie rock than about rock history. This education of mine usually happens by just going out and buying a bunch of records in a short period of time. In the summer of 2007 I bought eight The Rolling Stones albums, In 2008 I bought 10 Tom Petty albums. This year KISS seem to be getting the same treatment and I started by buying those four albums. Surely I’ve been listening to a bit of KISS as a teen, but I wasn’t a big fan. And well for the last 12 years or so.. I hadn’t listened to Kiss at all. So it was about time and I’ve been really enjoying listening to them. Especially that debut album seems to be just wonderful. Some of it is actually really close 70’s rockin power pop. Oh.. and Strutter. What a song. First song on a debut album and it’s so damn great. Where do you go from there if you’ve started on the maximum level of perfection. That “Everybody says she’s lookin’ good. And the lady knows it’s understood” part is just perfect pop moment. I think I need to continue introducing myself to KISS by buying at least Hotter Than Hell. Maybe some of the late seventies stuff as well. I think I’m not yet ready to move to eighties. That sounds a bit too scary.

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