Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Kriss Allen wins 'American Idol,' fake kiss still sucks

Another season of American Idol has ended and Arkansas' own Kris Allen is the winner.

Frankly, I've never been all that interested in American Idol, but I kept up with it a bit because a good, Arkansas boy from Conway won it all. So, congratulations to him.

Ah, but I'm not going to spend too much time writing about that as a lot of people more interested in the show than me have already covered it.

No, I'm going to do my usual thing and gripe about something that annoys me. Specifically, I'm good and mad about fake kiss (the lack of capitalization is intentional -- don't bug me about).

During the brief time I spent watching American Idol tonight, I saw Allen's competitor -- Adam Lambert -- on stage singing with fake kiss. What is fake kiss? Not real KISS, that's what.

Of course, KISS in its prime consisted of four members -- Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Yes, those lads dominated the 1970s with their pop metal stylings, but it all went bad one day. Yes, drummer Peter Criss didn't play a note on 1979's Dynasty album and was officially out of the band after 1980's Unmasked was released. Whiz-bang guitarist Ace Frehley, meanwhile, pretty much didn't give a damn what the band did as a result of the truly awful Music from "The Elder" was released in 1981, didn't play a note on 1982's Creatures of the Night and was on his way out the door soon after that album was released.

KISS staggered along for awhile and, in the mid 1990s, the original four members of the band united. Through the 80s and early 1990s, the band wore no makeup and thrilled fans by announcing the original members would put on their full costumes once again and hit the road. Yes, all seemed right with KISS.

Well, except for the fact that Criss and Frehley left the band again. Now, here's where the fake kiss part comes in -- they've been running around for the past few years with Eric Singer dressed up as Frehley and Tommy Thayer wearing the makeup that Criss made famous. Blasphemy! Blasted fake kiss.

The members of fake kiss have announced a new album and I'm already prepared to hate it. Running around with a couple of people pretending to be Frehley and Criss? That just drives me up the damned wall. Lambert deserved to fail just for being on the same stage with fake kiss.

Meanwhile, Frehley is still mixing his next album. I think I'll buy that one instead.


Sherry said...

Looks like the "Today" show is in Conway right now (Thursday morning.) said...

I watched the finale last night, mainly because I wanted to see if Kris Allen from Conway would win.

My favorite part of the show was when Rod Stewart sang "Maggie May". He looked so natural and smooth with his performance.

A close second was the Keith Urban and Kris Allen duet of "Kiss A Girl."

When Ryan Seacrest announced Allen as the winner, my wife jumped up and started clapping and hollering!

It was a great night for a great guy. Kris Allen from Conway, Arkansas is the 2009 American Idol.

Who would have ever thunk?


Eat Well. Live Well.

Danny Thornton said...

Fortunately I did not watch this last night. However, I did think of you when they mentioned Kris was from The ARK.

prettypink said...


Da Old Man said...

This fake band stuff has been going on for years. We went to a show a few years ago to see some group from the 60's. I couldn't believe they were still alive. Turned out to be the cousin of the former lead singer, with a friend of the drummer, etc, etc.
Once half the band has left, the name should be retired.

The Natural State Hawg said...

Sherry -- Yep. Lots of media hanging around Conway these days.

Paul -- It was a great night, huh? I absolutely detest American Idol, and even I got a little interested.

Danny -- Oh, the fake kiss just killed me. Hey, KISS showing up with no makeup and playing is one thing, dressing other scrubs up as Ace Frehley and Peter Criss is another.

Yeah, we're proud that a good Arkansas boy won the thing.

prettypink -- Sarcasm?

Da Old Man -- I'll agree with that, totally.

Anonymous said...

I know, I was one of those that just hates idol and doesn't care about the show, but for some reason I found myself watching the final show and was just amazed the Arkie won it, I WAS forsure by what everyone was telling me, the other gut, Adam would win it.

You could tell on the winners face he thought, eh I wont be called so I dont have to worry but then when his name was called it was like a WTF MOMENT?!?!?!?!?! Lol

--- Christopher

Don said...

Within the past six or seven months I've gone to see the Temps,Beach Boys and Chicago among others. Good? Sure. It was fun and the music still good, but it sure was lacking from when I saw them in the sixties and seventies. Probably better than "fake" Kiss either way.

The Natural State Hawg said...

Christopher -- That other fellow was cursed by fake kiss, clearly.

Don -- The Beach Boys without Brian Wilson (or any Wilsons at all, for that matter)? I don't know...

oscar said...

Hello I wanna ask you If I can use the images of kiss in your blog, because I'm doing a facebook group for all the kiss fans that don't want to support the "new kiss"

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