Saturday, February 15, 2014
Okay, the downloadable version of LET ME TELL YA SOMETHIN' ELSE is ready. Not only does it include all 70 minutes of the wit and wisdom of Paul Stanley, chopped into 92 distinct yelps and blathers, it also includes a BONUS EP. It's got a number of longer pieces, things that I felt either fucked up the flow of the thing, or I couldn't get them to a fidelity that matched well enough with the other clips. So, a bonus it is. Enjoy!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
We all remember the finest bootleg of our modern era, right? I speak, of course, of People, Let Me Get This Off My Chest, a 2005 bootleg of Paul Stanley stage banter. We had it on our mp3 players when we set off for tour, played it as long as we could stand it. I remember a show where there was no opening band, and hardly any audience, where we let far too much of it play before we finally decided to start. Good times.
Here's the thing, though: Mr. Eisen's true peak came long before the bootlegs compiled on the 2005 disc. The makeup was off. Gene Simmons was consumed with his nascent acting career, Peter and Ace had been replaced by the ill-fated Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent/Bob Kulick. This is when KISS put on the animal prints, showed WAY too much skin, and became Paul Stanley's band. All of this was driven home for me the first time Evan Gritzon showed us his VHS copy of KISS Animalize Live Uncensored.
Most of the tracks on People, Let Me Get This Off My Chest are bite-size, easily quotable chunks. The word "Toronto" has never meant so much in my life. But in the 80s, Paul Stanley was going on EPIC tangents. On Animalize Live, he tells a story about his trip to a doctor's office, concerned that he may have some sort of VD. This leads to an unlikely sexual encounter with a nurse (who would know why he was stopping by, wouldn't she?) who pulls out his...
And that became my criticism of the earlier disc: NOT ENOUGH EIGHTIES.
I expected that I would find reiterations of the Nurse story as I dug through bootlegs of the era. What I didn't expect was finding VARIATIONS of the story. That's right, people: PAUL STANLEY WORKSHOPPED THE NURSE STORY.
And so, friends, please enjoy this most flamboyant of sequels: LET ME TELL YA SOMETHIN' ELSE.