Growing up in the 1980’s was especially exciting because we had real musical artists that could actually play instruments and write their own music. In fact, I would argue that the 1980’s was the last decade of really talented musical artisits of the mainstream radio. Of Course, the creation of MTV in the 1980’s re-directed the music lover’s attention to the “visual” and cool looking and ground-breaking special effects in videos were then more important than the words being sung in the albums.However, before MTV rock n’ roll music lovers addictively bought LP’s and EP’s [ round black vinyl records] from record stores and the quarterly record conventions that would come to select cities where people would trade and sell rare records or “independently” pressed records and cassettes from unsigned rock groups and local garage bands hoping to get discovered. I bought my first Kiss album “Destroyer” — produced in 1976 , yes! most of KISSs greates songs are from the 1970’s. But In my opinion, they reached the height of their fame only in the 1980’s.
But here is the cool thing about the rock group KISS, the group–at least in America really crossed all and I mean ALL social economic demographics; white uppper and lower class people listened to KISS, black Americans [ young] liked their music videos becuase of the “stage theatrics and painted faces”. Young children as young as 9 years old fell in love with their parents rock music because the singers –Paul Stanley , Gene Simmons, [Ace Frehley/Vinnie Vincent] and Eric Carr wore elaborate costumes , black hair, high heeled boots and of course their trademark Japanese kabuki theater inspired face paint.
The rock Group “Kiss” is definately on my list of All-Time-Greatest- Rock Legends”
I highly recommend you find their compiation albums or a “greatest hits” or “greates concerts-video collection ” I never watched them in concert, but now i really regret it.