KISS / Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons wholeheartedly disagrees with Radiohead’s “pay what you want” approach. He believes in a tough approach to illegal downloading. Simmons did a Billboard Q&A on the matter. In part:

How are you going to get paid for it if people can just get it for free? . . . The record industry doesn’t have a fucking clue how to make money. It’s only their fault for letting foxes get into the henhouse and then wondering why there’s no eggs or chickens. Every little college kid, every freshly-scrubbed little kid’s face should have been sued off the face of the earth. They should have taken their houses and cars and nipped it right there in the beginning. Those kids are putting 100,000 to a million people out of work. . . [They] may as well be wearing a bandit’s mask. . . Doesn’t affect me- but imagine being a new band with dreams of getting on stage and putting out your own record. Forget it.”

When ‘In Rainbows’ is mentioned, Gene replies:

That’s not a business model that works. I open a store and say “Come on in and pay whatever you want.” Are you on fucking crack? Do you really believe that’s a business model that works?

Billboard asked: So what if music just becomes free and artists make their living off of touring and merchandise? Gene replies:

Well therein lies the most stupid mistake anybody can make. The most important part is the music. Without that, why would you care? Even the idea that you’re considering giving the music away for free makes it easier to give it away for free. The only reason why gold is expensive is because we all agree that it is. There’s no real use for it, except we all agree and abide by the idea that gold costs a certain amount per ounce. As soon as you give people the choice to deviate from it, you have chaos and anarchy. And that’s what going on.

Simmons is well-known for being a marketer with an “I love money” business model, who won’t turn down the chance to market KISS on just about any product- aside from alcohol or hard drugs. He reveals that of all his efforts, touring is the most profitable.

Paul Stanley echoes the same sentiments:

“It’s immoral. The idea that you’re sharing files- you can’t share something you don’t own. It’s like saying I’m gonna share your transportation and then steal your car.”


4 responses to “KISS / Gene Simmons

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  2. Ugh, what an asshole. How can he criticize Radiohead’s model when it proved to be extremely successful for them?

    “The only reason why gold is expensive is because we all agree that it is. There’s no real use for it, except we all agree and abide by the idea that gold costs a certain amount per ounce.”
    No, the price of gold is high because of its scarcity, it’s basic supply and demand. Music is the opposite: music files can be replicated ad infinitum for free, but the powers-that-be still insist that you purchase it for $15 on a CD that will decay in 10 years or $10 on files filled with DRM.

  3. “Downloading’s the same as what I used to do- I used to tape the charts of the songs I liked [off the radio]. I don’t mind it. I hate all these big, silly rock stars who moan- at least they’re fuckin’ downloading your music, you cunt, and paying attention, know what I mean? You should fuckin’ appreciate that- what are you moaning about? You’ve got fuckin’ five big houses, so shut up.”

    Liam Gallagher has gone up in my book. Now and then he surprises me.

    But yeah, just because you buy albums by a band whom you like, they still make shit ones every now and then. Doesn’t mean i am going to buy your shit album cos i support the band. Am i your enemy for downloading one of your albums when i already own a few? Your attitude affects sales. I met Jeru tha Damaja once. Total arse. Sold all his albums the next day. I don’t support pricks.
    Well if they feel like i am they’re enemy well consider no more support here. As for Gene Simmons.. sounds like he’s singing for corporate jocks in suits.

  4. Its sad to see such a great group act so ignorant. While there is plenty of proof showing that file-sharing helps, people like this are what bring the moral of the world down. “Sueing the pants off” of someone because they are sharing your work (Note I said sharing) is the reason that many musicians have become ignored/shunned by the people who actually buy their music after they download it to make sure its not another cd that was put out there just to waist our hard earned money.
    What if the people who actually bought the CD first instead of downloading it decided that the cd was complete crap and feel they deserve there money back? Seeing as returning CD’s is against 99% of store policies, should they turn to a lawyer and sue the artist and music indistery for allowing such crap to be released and obligated to be bought even though its worth as much as 3 week old dirty socks?

    I personally use to enjoy the music by KISS but its been ages since they have released anything worth me buying. Personally the recent music isn’t even worth downloading for free specially since I see KISS as the next Metalica/Napster Killers.

    For this group “KISS” I believe that these old guys either need to step into the new age of technology or be lost in history like all the rest who refused to push into the new millennium.

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