The Worst Song Ever

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Had to sit through "Detroit Rock City" on 'NCX again. Again. You'd think Kiss only had two songs. What's it gonna take to get "Strutter" and "Cold Gin" into rotation? Here's a theory as to why classic-rock radio never dives deep into the Kiss katalog: There's some dark, sick, twisted stuff in there. Not metal, not tunes about partying all night and every day. Not anthems about being K.nights I.n S.atan's S.ervice. I'm talking really disturbing stuff, like... Kiss famously dipped into disco with its ill-fated concept album, Music from The Elder. In Kiss's defense, they were under the influence of legendary rock producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper), who should have known better. In Ezrin's defense, the boogie-bass trick had worked before, with better results. In 1979, he used a disco beat to expand Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" from a short interlude to a smash classic-rock single. Turn on 'NCX 98.5 right now, and they're probably playing it. Anyhow, that's why you've heard the same two Kiss songs on the radio every day for 30 years: Any deeper, and you're headed down a slippery slope from the Demon to Disco Gene. -- D.X. Ferris

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