KISS “DYNASTY” – An Old School Flashback To 1979


KISS DYNASTY – 1979 was an interesting year. In sports, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII by a score of 35-31, at the Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. Five days later, I turned thirteen years old. (Yes, I am the same age as the Super Bowl, in case you didn’t notice). This was a grand year for the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the Pittsburgh Pirates also became World Champions too, by winning the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles in seven games. This was after the Pirates were down in the World Series three games to one. “We Are Family”! Yes, Sister Sledge will forever be most famous for this Pittsburgh Pirates theme song of 1979.

Jimmy Carter was serving as the 39th President of The United States, with Vice President Walter Mondale by his side. There were extremely long lines at the gasoline pumps in the U.S. due to an “oil crisis”. A partial core meltdown accident occurred at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Facility, on March 28, 1979, in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Three huge news stories involved Pennsylvania in 1979: the World Series Champions, the Super Bowl Champions and Three Mile Island. Now that’s Pennsylvania trivia for you! Of course there were countless other news stories going on around the world in 1979… KISS releasing their seventh studio album Dynasty was one of them.

As a thirteen year old KISS fan, I was psyched-out when I first learned of Dynasty being released. I was not a full-fledged Metalhead just yet and KISS was heavy-duty stuff for my ears at that age. I remember seeing the KISS Dynasty advertisement on the back cover of many comic books, well before it’s release, making it all the more exciting to me. When I first heard I Was Made For Lovin’ You on FM radio, I was hooked! You have to look at my age and the time period of this KISS album being released, to truly understand why I Was Made For Lovin’ You was a big deal.

Fast forward to 2011 and many (if not the majority) of KISS fans both young and old, will wince at putting I Was Made For Lovin’ You at the top of the list of all-time KISS Klassics. Honestly, I still like this song, only it’s not the greatest KISS song ever recorded. I may not get the ostrich bumps up and down my arms from this song, as I did back in 1979, yet tastes change and so did this iconic KISS group. My biggest pet peeve about I Was Made For Lovin’ You is it being singled out as a (gulp) Disco song. Ouch. Sure, this song has some “dance in it’s step”, still, it isn’t Donna Summer’s MacArthur Park from 1978 either. The Village People were Disco. Metal be thy name.

Charisma and Sure Know Something are my two favorite songs from Dynasty. I’ve always loved hearing Gene Simmons play that rich, deep bass on Sure Know Something. Gene’s vocals on Charisma were fun then, they still are entertaining as ever for me today. 2,000 Man is a Hard Rock Klassic, Ace Frehley sings this song with timeless coolness. This was and always will be a fun KISS album to listen to, not to be misunderstood as a Classic Rock masterpiece. Dynasty is a very decent album from KISS. These were KISS songs that reflected this era of Rock ‘n’ Roll, not to be misjudged as songs meant to change the course of Rock history.

For several years after the release of Dynasty, I had the KISS poster that came inside the album jacket hanging on my bedroom wall. My wife remembers, as a young kid, having this same poster hanging on the back of her bedroom door for years as well. Neither one of us kept this Klassic KISS poster, however, we both still have our respective copies of Dynasty on vinyl! Go figure. By the way… my copy of Dynasty is in better condition than my wife’s copy. Don’t anyone tell her I said that.

* KISS DYNASTY was released in May of 1979, on Casablanca Records.

* DYNASTY was produced by Vini Poncia.

Track Listing For KISS DYNASTY:

I Was Made For Lovin’ You

2,000 Man

Sure Know Something

Dirty Livin’

Charisma

Magic Touch

Hard Times

X-Ray Eyes

Save Your Love

* Per request of Tokyo Five who sent me the pic of the KISS DYNASTY poster, here it is, in all it’s KISS Klassic glory:

* For more info on KISS, just click here: KISS

LONG LIVE KISS.

KISS SHOULD BE INDUCTED IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME… DAMMIT.

Stone.

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19 Responses to “KISS “DYNASTY” – An Old School Flashback To 1979”

  1. The poster was cool.
    You should put an image of it in this post.

    I heard that KISS were wearing straight-jackets in the photos on the album cover and poster…and their management decided that straight-jackets would be too frightening for the band’s increasingly younger audience…so the straight-jackets were blackened-out and that’s why it looks like their wearing black T-shirts in the poster.

    I received this album as a X-mas present in 1979 when I was ten.
    I thought it was great!

    I had the poster on my wall…but it scared my younger sister so she ripped it up. I still remind her of that even nowadays 😉

    I still like this album but I realize now that the songs would be better if they were produced in a more “hard rock” style.

    Speaking of which, have you heard the “rock version” of I Was Made For Lovin’ You on the KISS “Chikara” album?

    KISS “Dynasty”‘s title in Japan is 「地獄からの脱出」 (“Escape From Hell”).

    • metalodyssey Says:

      That vintage KISS poster pic is posted up… thanks! 😉

      Are you referring to the KISS Klassics CD? The re-do of “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” is harder edged for certain and I really, really, dig it! What part of the poster scared your little sister then? Maybe it was Gene Simmons? My mom (God rest her soul) forbid me to have black light bulbs or black light posters when I was growing up… I feel your pain! 😮

      • >That vintage KISS poster pic is posted up

        Looks good. Thanks for the link.

        >Are you referring to the KISS Klassics CD?

        No. That’s called 「地獄列伝」 (“Hell’s Biography”) in Japan.
        (Artwork here).

        I mean the 1988 “For Japan only” greatest hits collection titled “CHIKARA” 「パワー」 .
        (Artwork here).
        It has an eight-minute “Rock version” of I Was Made For Lovin’ You.

        >What part of the poster scared your little sister then? Maybe it was Gene Simmons?

        Probably was Gene Simmons.

        • metalodyssey Says:

          Whoa… I never heard that version of “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”… and never owned or got near a copy of “CHIKARA”.

          Yeah… Gene Simmons does look like he is ready to do something sinister in that “Dynasty” poster, huh?

          Thanks again for the pic… I’ll check out the “CHIKARA” artwork too.

          • >I never heard that version of “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”… and never owned or got near a copy of “CHIKARA”.

            “Chikara” is difficult to find in Japan anymore…so I bet it’s near impossible outside of Japan.

            >That “CHIKARA” artwork is certainly late 80′s KISS! Very cool stuff.

            Yeah, not their best album cover.

            KISS has released a number of “Japan only” albums.

            The “Jigoku-Retsuden” (KISS Klassics) Japan version has a much better album cover.

            It has the Japanese 「雷神」 (“God Of Thunder”) on the cover.

            Actually I wrote a post that mentions it:

            http://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2008/11/29/metal-samurai/

            • metalodyssey Says:

              Now I’m all pumped to find that “CHIKARA” album! It would be a Metal hoot to find it at a thrift store or flea market for a low price… then again, as Steven Tyler has sung: “Dream On”!

              I’ll check out your post too… thanks!

        • metalodyssey Says:

          That “CHIKARA” artwork is certainly late 80’s KISS! Very cool stuff. 🙂

  2. It’s like Deja Vu all over again. Here it is 2011 and take a look at the current state of the world…We have High Gas prices, MidEast Turmoil. A nuclear melt down currently in Japan, God help those people. An Incompetent boob as our President, and Disco still sucks. All we need now are some WKRP reruns on the tube. Great post.

    • metalodyssey Says:

      Speaking of WKRP In Cincinnati… I used to have a really HOT poster of Loni Anderson hanging on my bedroom wall. A 2-piece, pink bikini she was wearing too! “Those were the days” 🙂

  3. Memories of 79, I joined the marines and as a young private just out of boot camp, was ready to go to Iran and rescue the hostages single handed. The first time I had to put on the camouflage stick when in the marines, my sergeant warned up “not to make ourselves up to look like Kiss.” They should be inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame.

    • metalodyssey Says:

      That’s a cool story. That whole hostage crisis was terrible news, I remember seeing those helpless hostages blindfolded on the nightly news. As a kid and through high school, I always though I would be drafted for war because of that crisis.

      I’ve probably said this before… yet I never mind repeating, thanks for serving our country.

      Once politics and bias no longer swirls around that Hall of Fame selection committee, then KISS will get in.

  4. To 80smetalman. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!

  5. DefLepplin Says:

    80’smetalman! Dude, no fucking way! Check it…I was in the 82nd Airborne Division 1988-92. When we invaded Panama, my tank crew of four (yes, we were on the world’s only air droppable tank, the Sheridan) did Kiss camo for the invasion. I thought it was cool as fuck to invade a country from the sky (Death from Above)as Kiss. I was Paul. How fucking cool is that?! I full filled the promise buddy.

  6. I’ve always liked this album…a lot!

    A few years ago I ran into Anton Fig and had him sign my CD version since he did all the drums on the album. He laughed and said, “No one ever gets me to sign the KISS stuff I played on!”

  7. After buying several 45s, DYNASTY was the 1st KISS album I bought, right when it came out. Lots of “regular” bands did “disco” songs that year (like BOC’s “Dr. Music”, or Cher’s “Take Me Home”). Always thought it was a coolo album. I’d just gotten into The Rolling Stones the year before, and hearing a version of their “2000 man” was so cool!!

    DYNASTY may still be my 2nd-favorite KISS album. I wound up liking the next year’s UNMASKED even more. (“Is That You” may be my favorite KISS song, even though it wasn’t written by any of the band.)

    • metalodyssey Says:

      “Is That You” is a groove laden, bass trippin’ song! I can’t listen to it unless it’s cranked up LOUD!

      I hear you about the song not being written by the band. Anton Fig was the drummer on “Dynasty” and “Unmasked” too. (!)

      Very cool about the your getting into The Rolling Stones before “Dynasty”. I discovered The Stones with “Some Girls” and then “Emotional Rescue”. Whoa… thats when FM radio had Rockin’ bite! 😉

      Thanks for the comments/thoughts Henry!

      – Stone

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