July 24, 2021

It starts with F … What were the KISSs going to be called?

At Esquire we love the name origin stories of the best known bands. Vetusta Morla’s endless turtle, Coldplay’s robbery, Arcade Fire’s imaginary fire… From the KISS group we wanted to believe that urban legend according to which its acronym corresponded to Knights In Satan’s Service (Knights in the Service of Satan, very much like the Rolling Stones), but its members already denied it years ago. Paul Stanley, the front man, gave a more divine version: “We chose it because it sounded dangerous and sexy at the same time.” kissed for him.

Now it is his partner Gene Simmons who has clarified how that naming process was. How the band is promoting for the premiere of the documentary Biography: KISStory, everyone is losing their language more than usual in the interviews and they have curious facts like these.

Gene Simmons waiting for your answer if you want to hear the story of the KISS name.

By Ole Hagen

Let’s get to the point. As the headline says, the name that the group was about to have begins with F … In fact, it was as is. F. A single letter. Obviously there was a horny intention behind this choice, as Gene Simmons has explained: “I proposed that we call ourselves F. The first album would be called ‘F It’, the second ‘F You’ and the third ‘F Us’. he liked the idea and we laughed a lot. ” You don’t have to be a master of Pass word nor of the hanged man to deduce that the group’s objective was for the public to fill in the gaps: “Give me a ‘u’, give me a ‘c’, give me a ‘k’ …”. And you already have the fucking trilogy: F *** It, F *** You, F *** Us.

The funny thing is that the definitive name of KISS came right after those laughs, no longer at the suggestion of Gene Simmons but of the leader, Paul Stanley: “At that moment, Paul goes and says ‘and why don’t we call ourselves Kiss?’ We all responded: “Wow, what did you say?” We were clear from the beginning, it was very natural. We did not know what marketing meant nor did we have any company behind it. But anyone knows what it is. a kiss because it is something universal, and it also allowed us to play with concepts such as the kiss of death, the kiss of life … It was a success “.

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As we quite agree with Gene Simmons … And you? Can you imagine a KISS concert without their giant logo on stage, even when they include white sharks in their show? Or all these photos with a giant ‘F’ in place of the four letters?

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