From the Stacks

From The Stacks: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones/KISS, “Detroit Rock City” (Split Single)

The 1994 tribute album Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved marked a turning point in the critical assessment of KISS.

The band was never exactly a favorite of the critics, but beginning with 1979’s disco-infused Dynasty the band entered 15 years of critical and cultural disfavor. Their loyal fans, the legendary KISS Army never abandoned them, mind you. Throughout the ’80s the diehards held true while the band churned out more hits and filled the sheds, but no cool kid dared to confess his love for the band. (Well, maybe the cool kids in the Replacements. Their cover of “Black Diamond” from Let It Be was pretty badass.)

But by the early ’90s, all of the kids who were KISS fans in the ’70s were the new decade’s rock stars, and they didn’t care who knew about their KISS obsession. In 1994, a tribute album named Kiss My Ass: Classic KISS Regrooved brought together bands of the moment like Gin Blossoms, The Lemonheads, and Toad the Sprocket and paired them with artists who still enjoy quite a bit of popularity today, like Lenny Kravitz and Anthrax. The result was uneven but still an interesting listen, but more importantly for guys like me it was nice to see our childhood heroes finally get a little respect.

As far as I know–and KISS fans correct me if I’m wrong–only two tracks were physically released as singles. One of those is Garth Brooks’s take on “Hard Luck Woman,” backed by the mighty KISS themselves and available only as a CD single import (and a promo at that). The other was the mega-cool, green vinyl, split single that you see here, which features “Detroit Rock City” on both sides–the original by KISS and a cover by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The cover version won’t teach you anything about the song that you don’t know, but the Bosstones obviously had a lot of fun recording it. More importantly: Wouldn’t this look really cool in your stacks?

This one trades regularly in the 5-10 dollar range, with $7 marking a solid average price. Happy hunting.

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