Pete Townshend Calls Kiss ‘A Very American Phenomenon’
Townshend struck a somewhat bewildered tone when the subject of Kiss came up during a recent interview, pointing out right off the bat that there's an ocean -- both literally and figuratively -- separating the U.K.-bred Who from the proudly American Kiss. "One thing that Kiss are absolutely, unquestionably not -- in any sense, whatsoever -- is European or English," he observed. "They are straight out of Creem magazine meets Las Vegas."
Not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you; it's just that Townshend can't necessarily relate to it -- and he knows Kiss couldn't have made it anywhere but in the U.S. "They couldn’t have happened here. They could maybe have happened in Berlin -- in which case their music wouldn’t have been like their music," he mused. "They would have looked like they looked, but they would have made different kind of music. They’re a very American phenomenon."
And on the subject of how Kiss look -- you know, the makeup and everything -- Townshend admitted he's a bit confused. "The early years of Kiss were difficult, because there was sort of a parody of rock inherent in what they were doing. And also, that business of wearing disguises. Not quite sure about it," he shrugged. "You know, I think I’d have to do an academic study to try and work out what’s really doing on there."
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