In a new interview with Guitar World, Geno Simmons was asked about WHAT‘s much infamous concept album in 1981 “Music Of ‘The Old Man'”.
“It was a time of flow,” he said. “A lot of bands have tried to figure out who they are and us too. Sometimes if you do the same thing forever, you think, so Peggy Lee song, ‘Does everything just exist?’ We did try to mischief on some tracks like [‘Destroyer’ song] “High Expectations” [sings chorus in falsetto].
“From time to time, we would try the careless things a little bit. “I was made to love you” it was really an experiment. We weren’t a dance group, but obviously it worked well all over the world. We didn’t go back to that because we heard it.
“From time to time, we would put out a ballad like “Beth”. But the early 80s were a time of flow. People could not understand what was happening. It was before the hair bands came in, the GOOD LUCKs and the WARRANTYs; that was a movement where the guys in the gangs looked sexier than their girlfriends. And that affected us too, don’t encourage yourself.
“That’s why you have to give your thumbs up to the bands that just never changed. [IRON] DOMINIST, AC DC, METALLIC… They just didn’t fuck up what was going on around them. You have to give your hat to people who just say, ‘This is us!’ We believe in that, but there are some musical things in the band that we don’t include in our records.
“Music is best served hot but diverse. If you keep eating the same thing all the time, I think you’re bored. ‘Music Of’ The Old Man ” it was an opportunity for us to show that we can do other things and feel connected to nothing. But soon after, within one or two albums, we went back to business and did “Creatures At Night” and all those things. “
After its release in November 1981, “Music Of ‘The Old Man'” was confusedly received by both WHAT fans and the general public. When the calendar turned to 1982, the album was essentially a commercial failure. And WHAT were already ready to move on.
“My sense has always been that way WHAT it was about no rules, “frontman Paul Stanley then said a journalist Jon Wiederhorn. “And while I appreciate the fans, I also expect them to understand that everything we do may not be to their liking, and the way they can show it without buying it. Well, they spoke loud and clear. . when that record came out. “
Forty years later, “Music Of ‘The Old Man'” achieved cult classic status among a segment of hard WHAT fans. Much of the album’s appeal lies in the mysterious conditions under which it was created. But the general consensus is that the record was a monumental disaster and by far the worst of the band.
Two years ago, a former WHAT guitarist Ace Frehley stated about “Music Of ‘The Old Man'”: “During the recording process, I kept telling all those guys – [producer] Bob [Ezrin, Paul and Gene — I go, ‘This is the wrong album for this period of time. I think fans want to hear a heavy hard rock album.’ They just had a deaf ear to me. I said, ‘It’s not going to work,’ and of course, the album bombed. I guess I had a handle on what was happening. Those guys never had any street sense. It’s no fault of their own — Gene grew up in Israel, and Paul grew up in Queens, but he wasn’t a guy like me who hung out on the corner and got into fights and did crazy stuff. I always had my pulse on what was going on, and I knew at the time — I would have bet a million dollars that the album was going to fail. I didn’t want it to fail, and actually, if you take that album out of sequence with the KISS records, it’s not a bad record. I did some great solos on it and there’s some really good songs, but it wasn’t the right record for the time. I was doing an interview with Billboard magazine, and they said, ‘What would happened if ‘The Elder’ never happened, and you went from [1980’s ‘Unmasked’] al [1982’s] “Creatures At Night”? ‘I thought for a second because I like it “Creatures At Night” – it’s heavy, it’s powerful, it’s all I said we should do when we recorded “The Old Man”. I may not have left the band, but you can’t rewrite history unless we enter a time warp or a black hole. ”
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