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In 1973, two New York based struggling musicians Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley formed a small band named Wicked Lester. This two member band recorded an album that never got officially released and they eventually parted their ways. After some time Gene and Paul recruited guitarist Ace Frehley and Drummer Peter Criss to form a band named KISS. KISS was one of the highly influential rock and roll bands of all times. The career milestones of KISS are confounding, boasting four successful decades of their record breaking tours all over the world. KISS performed successfully for almost 30 years and then by the end of year 2000 these masked marvels of the rock world blew their final Kiss to their fans. The legacy of this renowned band continues to grow transcending creed, race and age.
In the early 1970`s a rock genre that was immensely popular was Glitter Rock. KISS was profoundly influenced by this genre and loved the escapism which existed behind the glam and glitter. In order to accentuate their attitude the band members of KISS decided to wear a weird makeup which they called as War Paint along with ever-evolving outlandish kind of outfits and clown makeup.
They even wore different patterns which later on became their recognition. For example, Guitarist Paul Stanley wore Star Child, Ace adopted the makeup of Spaceman, Peter became the cat and the bassist Gene became the demon. The other band members also adopted different characters for their makeup.
In the words of Gene Simmons - The time when we were forming our band in New York there was a huge glitter scene where boys used to put makeup and act like girls. So we also got influenced by this and became outlandish in our appearance. We were not a grateful dead type of band which would get on stage and look worse. Going onstage was like a holy place for all of us and this is where our dressing and makeup came in.
Gene also said that when the KISS characters became iconic, inspiring a lucrative line of Halloween costumes, lunch boxes, action figures and even coffins & hello kitty fashions, there was no marketing team, celebrity stylist or a real master plan behind this.
Critics never liked the KISS for what it was doing but fans were growing slowly and steadily. The fans banded together and preferred to be known as KISS army. As KISS became popular, their costumes became even more elaborate.
In 1983 the band sported the biggest change and for the very first time they decided to put off their makeup which they used to call as war paint and become a normal rock and roll band. Their costume became steadily nonexistent and the stage shows also scaled down considerably. After this, they always performed without makeup and outlandish costumes. With this change, they developed new fans purely on the basis of their music.
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