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Old 05-27-2006, 03:53 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Oh yeah i forgot.

Have you heard the alternate version of Back In Black (the song) with Bon Scott?... I could send it to you if you like.
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Old 05-27-2006, 08:12 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Hate both of those bands but I guess if I were to give them a listen I would prefer KISS more
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Old 05-27-2006, 08:35 AM   #13 (permalink)
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AC/DC>Kiss
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Old 05-27-2006, 02:56 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Wel, I wasn't really looking for a 'who's better' type of thread when I created this. I was just making a comparison between the two. They are very similar in structure, and styles. Straight up, 3-4 chord rock songs, not very difficult to play. Both with gimmicks.

I was just curious as to why AC/DC alsways got so much more respect than KISS. When comparing the two, musician by musician, KISS has the upper hand, yet they are constantly bashed as a bad band. Angus Young is clearly a great guitarist, but other than that, anyone could play in AC/DC. That's not bashing them, eother. I'm saying, if you know all the major chords, you can play 99% of AC/DC's tunes. Same with bass and drums. If you know the basics, you could play for AC/DC. Again, I am not bashing them, but their music is very, very basic stuff.

Would it have been any different if the entire band wore school boy outfits? Would they be bashed as all flash and no substance, the way KISS is? I've seen both in concert, and while all eyes are on Angus, at a KISS show, you can't look at everything at once. It's a spectacle.

Personally, I'd rather see KISS, with an entire show going on, than some guys out the today, in flannel shirts and stringy hair, staring at their shoes while they play their songs. Don't just play the songs, entertain me.
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Well, Kiss never wrote real catchy songs imo. I mean I've never found myself thinking a Kiss song was decent. AC DC did along with radio air play. Which helps their popularity. Kiss to me seems to as a mere gimmick band with nothing to back it up. All I hear is how their live shows are so awesome but I'm like so the music is bland.
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Well, Kiss never wrote real catchy songs imo. I mean I've never found myself thinking a Kiss song was decent. AC DC did along with radio air play. Which helps their popularity. Kiss to me seems to as a mere gimmick band with nothing to back it up. All I hear is how their live shows are so awesome but I'm like so the music is bland.


That's true enough, to anyone who doesn't own any KISS, and only knows what they hear on the radio. I know it's fruitless to try and convince anyone who already has an opinion that KISS, while no great shakes, aren't all that bad. There's no way you can convince someone to invest in a cd of a band they've already decided they don't like.

However, if someone were to ask me where to start with KISS, I would suggest Dressed To Kill.

BTW, Swim, this post isn't directed at you, it's just a general statement.
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I`d probably have more respect for Kiss if they didn`t follow fashion trends so much.For example disco/pop in the late 70s , hair metal in the 80s , aggressive hard rock in the early 90s.

AC/DC . while it`s true that their music hardly changes they`re one of the few bands IMO that can get away with it because they do it so much better than anyone else.

Kiss to me were just another cock rock band among many bands of the same sort , just with a good gimmick to give them attention.But I can`t think of a single band who do blues rock/12 bar boogie better than AC/DC
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I concur.
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Another spin on things.

AC/DC I think are the less cheesy of the two, thus earning them more respect right from the word go. You feel like AC/DC are authentic rock musicians, while Kiss you don't know how seriously to take them. Think about Lordi, that Eurovision band whatever, they make some pretty good music but I know I'd take them far more seriously if it was just them and the music, and not popular because of their novel get-ups.

So since Kiss was so big on image and spectacle, I think it is important to note how AC/DC have them beat by just looking like authentic rock musicians.

It's like asking who you'd rather be seen with, the Beatles or the Rolling Stones? 4 guys in nice dainty wee suits with lovely combed hair, or a bunch of guys that looked like your rough and tumble, best mates?

I'd pick they guys I could relate to best, the guys that looked like your mates.
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When comparing the two, musician by musician, KISS has the upper hand.
Meh, not really, Angus and Malcolm are definetely better gutarists than Ace and Paul... Who often need assistance of session musicians to play more complex musical parts.... In vocal terms, Scott was difinetely a better singer than Paul... Both Peter Criss and Phil Rudd are quite average drummers, but Phil at least provided a steady beat without going past his technical limit, which Criss often did, he could be rather sloppy live... Both have mediocre bassists, so no winner there.

And anyone can play AC/DC?... I guess, anyone can play KISS too.

One reason i like AC/DC more is that they knew their limit as musicians, they played one style and stuck to it.... KISS however have made various feeble crossover attempts by trying to do everything from disco (Dynasty) to prog (Music From "The Elder").
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