Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Don't you care about tomorrow?

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  Gene Simmons was consumed with his nascent acting career, Peter and Ace had been replaced by the ill-fated Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent/Bob Kulick.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.

1 comment:

  1. that is some pretty funny stuff. was wondering if you could repost Selby Tigers. I never knew they had EP's released before Charm City [great album]. saw them and Rocket From The Crypt together. great one two punch. can't find EP's anywhere and really want to hear them and the 7" Ponoma song. thanks.