Monday, May 15, 2017

WHAT'S BETTER THAN HEARING KISS' THE ELDER ONCE? ALMOST ANYTHING.


Shuffle Function plays
Kiss' "Music From The Elder" 
THREE TIMES IN A ROW

Friday, November 10th, 2017
Six a.m. to nine a.m.
KMSU 89.7 fm/KMSK 91.3fm/kmsu.org


For years I would read about Kiss' album "Music From The Elder" and wonder just how bad it could be. You have to really dig to find anyone being kind to the album.  Even Kiss fans have a strong dislike for it.  A quick search for Kiss The Elder comes up with an article called "35 Years Ago: KISS Hit Rock Bottom With 'Music From The Elder" that talks about the band coming off a failing album and believing that only a concept album could restore their credibility. The idea was to come up with something that could accompany a film on the scale of Pink Floyd's 'The Wall', but as Paul Stanley said,  "It's us overstepping our goals and tripping over our own feet".  The label was confused by it, as were the fans.  "Music From The Elder" debuted at 75 and quickly fell off the carts, finding its home in cutout bins not long after.

For years this was an album that I never actively sought out, but I swore that if I ever came across it I'd pick it up, if for no other reason than to find out if it was as bad as EVERYONE said it would be.  A few years ago I came across a copy at Tune Town and added it to my collection.  The verdict:  It's just as bad as its reputation.  "Music From The Elder" is an album that aspires to be great art, but it swings and misses.  The Kiss music that preceded this record was at the very least fun, but there's nothing fun at all about this.



KISS has put out some great volumes of live and archival video under the name Kissology.  The first one covers the years 1974 to 1977, which could be considered the classic Kiss era.  The second volume covers 1978 to 1991, and this is the one that I picked up.  The main reason was because it had the European theatrical edit of their legendary film "Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park".  That movie was aired on US TV to savage reviews, and the band was so horrified with how they came off that they wouldn't allow any of their associates to talk about it for years.  To the band's credit, they included it on this collection, and they also did commentary for it.  It's amazing.

One extra bonus on this collection is the above clip of Kiss live on the the TV show Fridays performing three songs from "Music From The Elder".  The band also does a commentary track for these clips, and they're very honest about it.  They talk about how they thought they were hot stuff and would show all the label people that the new album was a masterpiece.  They left the studio, got in their limos, drove off thinking they were on top of the world.  They soon realized that they were incredibly wrong.


For years we've talked about playing "Music From The Elder" in its entirety on the nighttime show, and the subject came up again this morning.  It was just something that we never got around to, but we realized we should finally do it so we can get it out of the way and never do it again.  Looking for a reason to explain why we'd play the whole thing, we found that the original release date was November 10th, 1981.  Folks, if it came out on November 9th, we'd just be playing it during the one hour Thursday night show, but no... it came out on a day when we're on for three hours in the morning.  That's why we've decided to play it ONCE EVERY HOUR.  We'll be playing "Music From The Elder" THREE TIMES that day.



So this is your BIG head's up.  We're not doing this until November, so you have plenty of time to condition yourself with whatever music and media you need to get through this thing.  You didn't like it when we played the two hour and 45 minute version of Barry Manilow's Mandy?  Maybe this will be more your speed.  In any case, this is real.  This is really happening, and November will be here sooner than you expect.

You have been warned.

Shyboy

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