KISS – SMASHES, THRASHES & HITS
KISS – Smashes, Thrashes & Hits was released back in the glorious Heavy Metal year of 1988. This greatest hits collection contains 15 KISS hits, with 2 songs that were previously unreleased: Let’s Put The X In Sex and (You Make Me) Rock Hard. There are at least a dozen or so greatest hits albums from KISS and that number may very well be conservative. This compilation is worth owning though, especially if you’re a KISSaholic.
My name is Stone… and I’m a KISSaholic.
Some may feel that Let’s Put The X In Sex is a cheesy KISS song, however, I find myself singing along to it each and every time It plays! I don’t give a stinking shit, this KISS song is simply (gulp) FUN! As it’s been declared by many great warriors of Metal: “If it’s too loud, you’re too old” and “If it’s too fun and wild, you’re most likely severely constipated.”
Beth is sung by (the late and legendary) Eric Carr. Eric obviously sang his heart out on Beth and I dig that. With that said, Beth will always be a Peter Criss song, in my Metal heart. Peter Criss is a living KISS legend, by the way. I had to throw that in.
There are many timeless KISS classics heard on Smashes, Thrashes & Hits; with Love Gun, Detroit Rock City, Strutter, Calling Dr. Love, Rock And Roll All Nite, Deuce, Shout It Out Loud and I Love It Loud being my favorites off this CD. Okay, Let’s Put The X In Sex is a favorite of mine too… I’m not bashful about saying this song, when played LOUD, gives me ostrich bumps all over my semi-good looking face. Metal be thy name.
My name is Stone… and I feel The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is a joke without KISS having enshrinement there. Those who have kept KISS out of this hall can KISS my Metal lovin’ ass. Whoa.
Lick It Up, Heaven’s On Fire, Tears Are Falling and I Was Made For Lovin’ You round out the 15 KISS classics you’ll hear on this CD. These are the KISS songs that I consider as being on the “second-tier” of KISS quality. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy these KISS songs too; only they’re not as legendary to my ears and Metal soul.
* One confusing item of note: is it Night or Nite? I’ve always known and seen the spelling of this iconic KISS song as: Rock And Roll All Nite. On this CD’s track listing, this song is spelled as: Rock And Roll All Night. Whoa.
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LONG LIVE KISS.