kiss

Over the years, KISS has done a better job of tearing down their own legacy than any critic ever could. Through their capitalist machinations, and the never-ending torrent of insults directed at everyone who is no longer in the band, KISS has become the traveling freak show that critics in the 70s accused them of being. It's difficult to even talk about KISS with a straight face anymore, since even the band refuses to admit their own importance in the grand scheme of things.

Weren’t we just talking about this? In the wake of the news about the virtual concert lighters for the iPhone, disgust ranged widely. Personally, I was enraged by the very existence of a virtual lighter, while others couldn’t believe the nerve of KISS frontman Gene Simmons, to put the KISS logo on it and have the temerity to charge money for the product.