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Due to bandwidth and copyright issues, only samples of the material can be heard here.


"The KISS Behind The Make-up"

Neil Bogart's contribution to KISStory should need no explanation, however should you want to read something about the man, please refer to the Bogart Biography in the KISS Album Focus. While Neil later entered the non-performing side of the music business, Neil had been recording music since his teens, first with a small scale release titled "Go Bohemia" around 1959/60. Presented here are samples of some of the songs Neil, as 'Neil Scott' recorded in the period 1961-7. This is not KISS-style music, but the obscure sort of KISS-related material that should interest the diehard (maybe not)...


01. Go Bohemian (1959/60)
02. Oh Genie! (1959/60)
03. Bobby (1961)
04. I Haven't Found It With Another (1961)
05. It Happened All Over Again (1961)
06. My Confession (1961)
07. Tomboy (1962)
08. Run To Me (1962)
09. One-Piece Bathing Suit (1963)
10. Little Girl (1963)
11. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance With You (1967)
12. Let Me Think It Over (1967)


Original Versions of songs KISS & Related artists later covered.

Tracks 1-4 Notes: Both of these songs were originally released on Barry Mann's 1971 LP, "Lay It All Out", and were covered the same year by Wicked Lester. While Barry did better as a song writer, usually with his wife Cynthia Weil, or Gerry Goffin (co-writers on each of the tracks respectively), his own recordings didn't do so well. What is interesting, from the point of KISStory, is that the audio engineer at Electric Lady Studios, where the album was recorded, was one Ron Johnson, later the producer of the Wicked Lester album. The Hollies song closed their 1970 album "Confessions Of The Mind" and is from one of their more obscure albums...

Tracks 5-15 Notes: Original versions of songs KISS covered; KISS didn't really cover track 15 and they were the first to record Gerard's song...

Tracks 16-20 Notes: Songs Peter covered after KISS. "Polly Von" is way older than the Peter, Paul, and Mary version being a traditional Irish folk song; Track 20 originally released as a non-album single in 1977...

Tracks 21-24 Notes: Songs Ace covered after leaving KISS. Oh, The Move became ELO, who then ELO'd their earlier song, hence why both versions are here. Ace covered the ELO version...

Tracks 25-29 Notes: Songs Gene bought/covered on his "Asshole" album...


Wicked Lester:
01. Barry Mann - Too Many Mondays (1971)
02. Barry Mann - Sweet Ophelia (1971)
03. The Hollies - I Wanna Shout (1970)
04. Infinity - (What Happens) In The Darkness (1972)
05. Walt Disney - When You Wish Upon A Star (1949)
06. Bobby Rydell - Kissin' Time (1959)
07. Bobby Lewis - Tossin' And Turnin' (1961)
08. The Crystals - The He Kissed Me (1963)
09. Dave Clark Five - Any Way You Want It (1965)
10. The Rolling Stones - 2,000 Man (1967)
11. Argent - God Gave Rock And Roll To You (1973)
12. Hello - New York Groove (1975)
13. BTO - Rock And Roll Hell (1979)
14. The Ramones - Do You Remember Rock And Roll Radio (1980)
15. Gerard McMahon - Is That You? (1980)
16. Tony Powers - Odyssey (1981)
Peter Criss:
16. Dooley Wilson - As Time Goes By (1943)
17. Peter, Paul & Mary - Polly Von (1963)
18. The Rascals - You Better Run (1968)
19. John Lennon - Jealous Guy (1971)
20. Russ Ballard - Some Kinda Hurricane (1982)
Ace Frehley:
21. Russ Ballard - Into The Night (1984)
22. 707 - Megaforce (1981)
23. The Move - Do Ya (1973)
24. ELO - Do Ya (1976)
Gene Simmons:
25. The Prodigy - Firestarter (1996)
26. Frank Zappa - Black Napkins (1975)
27. Shirleys Temple - Asshole (2002)
28. Dave Williams - Whatever Turns You On (2002)
29. Kitty Gordon - Beautiful (1999)