Anyone that knows me knows how much I love KISS. We’ll get into that in more detail later, but one thing I love about KISS is their consistency. Going to a KISS concert is like going to McDonald’s – you know exactly what you are going to get, and they don’t let you down. This relentless discipline extends to their interviews, at least for Gene and Paul – Ace and Peter sometimes had a problem staying on message.¹ Gene is especially good at controlling an interview. Even if you are only half listening, you will know by the end (a) what album/tour/movie/book he is promoting, (b) when it will be available, and (c) where to buy it. And he always manages to work his favorite joke/odd verbal tic into each one he does:
…[Ace] doesn’t have good equilibrium, which is a big word, come to think of it. Just like gymnasium.”
NPR Fresh Air interview, February 4, 2002.
“We did it of course preposterously, and that’s a big word, like gymnasium.”
Jim DeRogatis interview, September 26, 2003.
“Don’t believe there’s any difference between a monogamous and a polygamous relationship. Those are all just big words, like gymnasium.”
TV Guide interview, July 20, 2007.
“And that what’s needed— consortium is not just a big word like gymnasium.“
Portfolio.com interview, June 26, 2008.
“We have marketed, branded, positioned…. and other big words like gymnasium.”
genesimmons.com update, November5, 2009.
“I feel a kindred spirit, even though I’m sort of glib — using big words like gymnasium here…”
A&E Private Sessions interview, aired July 18, 2010.
That last one doesn’t even make sense — he’s clearly forcing it now. You know how some things start out kind of funny, then get repeated so often they become annoying, then really annoying, then they become hilarious? Yeah, the hilarious part hasn’t happened yet. Is he trying to get into Bartlett’s? I don’t see it happening. Let it go, Gene, for the love of The Elder, let it go.
¹And on the wagon.