An Eclectic Gastronomy of Sound
In about 6th grade, one of the classes I was in divided itself into Beatles fans vs. Kiss fans. One had to choose which band they liked better – and the class was pretty evenly divided (this was about 1978 or 1979 after all – the height of Kiss’s popularity). I liked Kiss, but didn’t have much trouble deciding to side with The Beatles. It was a pretty serious thing in the class and I recall some pretty heated arguments over which band was better. The Kiss side liked to argue that their band was better because Kiss was heavier and “rocked harder” (plus they had the makeup and we were 11 years old – so that was a positive, not a negative). This set back the Beatles side temporarily until we came back with “Helter Skelter”, which successfully trumped their argument.
It all seems pretty silly now, because how can you really compare those two bands? It’s like comparing apples and oranges, as the saying goes. But, we were kids – mostly not very influenced by rock journalism and society telling us which bands were “cooler” to like. We were going mostly by gut feelings and what appealed to us most at that age. It would be very soon that other factors influenced those decisions. Plus, as we got older we were exposed to more music which expanded our base, and our horizons.