For those of you keeping score about how behind I can be when it comes to the obvious and music, let me remind everyone of a few things we all already know...
Sometimes, you know, it's important to say things that we think we all know. I recently told a student of mine who confessed a love of punk about Fugazi. New information to the student, so I like to do this for safety's sake. And cause I'm an edumacator.
First, I need to offer an apology to Linda and Tommy G. (last initials for anonymity's sake, but as we used to do in New Jeruz). These two were my first introduction to KISS, through a massive quantity of t-shirts and tunes being pumped. At the time, I was about 6, so I don't know how much I can be held responsible for not catching on, but the imagery is quite vivid, so maybe we can talk latency. Well, ma'am, you son seems to have a case of latent KISS. This'll all work out when he hits puberty and learns to headbang. Anyway, by the time I got to high school, I should've known better, especially as another guy I grew up with, Dom P., was a huge fan with his own collection of t-shirts.
Once again, I prove to be an idiot.
For those of you that don't know, KISS might just be one of the best bands ever.
Yes, I know Gene Simmons is on TV and all that, but did you know that his songwriting was that good? I didn't. Well, I did, since I knew all of the KISS tunes without ever owning any of their music.
That's how good they are, and how integrated they are into our culture.
And their stage show is certainly unstoppable. Unless, of course, you're boring.
And Paul Stanley dances like my friend Alan from tha M-town, which, if you know either, is pretty astonishing.
Anyway, get your head out of the sand, people. Go listen to some KISS. It'll change your life.