KISS Mixtape

I rediscovered my favorite band, KISS, while I was on hiatus with the computer troubles. It sounds odd to say that you are rediscovering your favorite band but I know the KISS catalogue so well that I get sick of it easily! I know every album by heart and that leads to skipping songs so I try to listen to KISS shuffled up on my MP3 player to give a little variety.

Here’s the first dozen songs that showed up (song-album-year):

  1. ‘Thrills In The Night’ – Animalize (1984)
  2. ‘Christine Sixteen’ – Alive II (1977)
  3. ‘Read My Body’ – Hot In The Shade (1989)
  4. ‘Larger Than Life’ – Alive II (1977)
  5. ‘Silver Spoon’ – Hot In The Shade (1989)
  6. ‘Strange Ways’ – Hotter Than Hell (1974)
  7. ‘You Wanted The Best’ – Psycho Circus (1998)
  8. ‘King Of Hearts’ – Hot In The Shade (1989)
  9. ‘I Walk Alone’ – Carnival Of Souls (The Final Sessions) (1997)
  10. ‘Rain’ – Carnival Of Souls (The Final Sessions) (1997)
  11. ‘Beth’ – Destroyer (1976)
  12. ‘Master & Slave’ – Carnival Of Souls (The Final Sessions) (1997)

Bonus Track: ‘Move On’ – Paul Stanley (1978)

I should have just pulled out CARNIVAL OF SOULS and HOT IN THE SHADE instead of shuffling the songs, these two albums got three songs each! CARNIVAL OF SOULS is a cool record in the same hard-edge style as REVENGE (1992) but HOT IN THE SHADE is my least favorite KISS record. I’ve had that album since the day of release and I still don’t enjoy it almost 20 years later! ‘Thrills In the Night’ and ‘Strange Ways’ are great songs that made up for the fact that the overplayed ‘Beth’ snuck into the mix! I skip that song everytime I hear it! The bonus track, ‘Move On’, from the under-rated Paul Stanley solo album, is a classic.

I’m back!

After two weeks of computer problems, I am finally back online and firing on all cylinders!

As you know, I got hit with a trojan horse virus that shut down my main computer. My laptop was also infected because it somehow snuch through the wireless connection and got there. Lucky for me I installed a new McAfee Virus Protection into the laptop because it didn’t take much to get it to recover. The problem was that the main computer needed 2 separate visits from the tech guy and I couldn’t connect the wireless until the main was fixed! Unfortunately, I lost everything stored on the main computer. Everything from downloaded programs to pictures, documents to songs, and any other custom enhancements we’ve made in the last 2 years. I backed up a few things on the laptop and disc but not everything.

Now that everything is fixed and the main is back to the original factory settings, I can get back online! I’ve been listening to plenty of music in the last couple of weeks so watch for new posts this week. One thing I’ve been trying to do is sort my lists for the end of the year: Top 30 Albums, Top 5 DVDs, Top 5 Worst Albums. That will all come in the last week of December.

It’s good to be back! Cheers!

— Steve