By 1978, Kiss had reached the peak of stardom. They were flying high and a couple members were too. Trouble was brewing and most especially with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. From what I have read, they both wanted to do solo albums, but the band needed to keep the train rolling. So Bill Aucoin and others came up with a strategy to help keep the peace. The entire band would each do a solo album and they would all be released at the same time on the same day, however, they would be under the Kiss umbrella. Brilliant or Stupid was still yet to be seen. No band had ever attempted this prior or since and probably for good reason.
Each member had to find their own producer, their own musicians as no one in the band played on the other persons record. It took a lot of time and while they were working on the records, the label released ‘Double Platinum’ which we discussed last week. All the albums came out on the same day, September 18, 1978. Now I needed to decide what order to review these so it wouldn’t look like I was showing favorites so I let the posters do the talking. The order of these Solo reviews is based on how the posters piece together from left to right. In that case, Paul Stanley’s album is up first.
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Off Rod Stewart’s 1978 album ‘Blondes Have More Fun’ comes one of his most memorable songs “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy”. The song reached #1 in the US, Canada and the UK as well as 3 other countries. It sold over 2,000,000 copies in the U.S. alone and according to Rolling Stones magazine is #308 of the Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The song was a little more disco than what Rod was used to releasing. He had previously been more of a blues rock singer. As a result, the rock critics were not quite happy with the song.
According to wikipedia (the most reliable source on earth), the song had some legal issues due to copyright infringement cases brought against it. The song…
incorporates elements of the melody from the song “Taj Mahal” by Jorge Ben Jor and the string arrangement from the song “Put Something Down On It” by Bobby Womack.
Regardless, it is still one of Rod’s most popular songs. What I love about the cover, is the girl is not Blonde even though the album was ‘Blondes Have More Fun’. I had also heard that the lady on the cover was Cher, but I couldn’t find anything that backed that up. I will still think it though.
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