Black Lips blast KISS for 'misogynistic' lyrics

Black Lips argue that the music of Kiss is "misogynistic", saying the era of "sexist rock'n'roll is over"


This article is from 2014.

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Gene Simmons with KISS

Black Lips have slammed KISS for being "misogynistic".

The garage rockers ambushed a recent live Q&A with 'Kiss' frontman Gene Simmons to criticise the legendary band for their supposedly offensive lyrics.

Lead singer Jack Hines - who painted his face black and white in mockery of the group - told the HuffPost Live: "Mr Simmons! We're here to tell you that the day of misogynistic, sexist rock'n'roll is over.

"We call for the complete and utter surrender of the Kiss army. Lay down your guitars! Do you accept our terms of surrender?"

However, Simmons was unwilling to surrender ground on the issue and instead chose to belittle the group for broadcasting their grievances from their "mum's basement".

The 64-year-old rocker quipped: "I wanted to compliment your mum for the wonderful way that she designed the decoration on the basement she lets you live in.

"I think it's very attractive. I hope you get to leave your mum's basement soon."

Simmons advised the band to "learn to speak English" and also suggested that the name Black Lips was racist as they are white.


A big old tour from the monochrome-made up rock guys, fronted by Gene Simmons. The quartet have sold over 80 million albums worldwide since the band formed in New York in 1973 and were named by VH1 in their top ten list of the ‘100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock’.

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Sun 28 May

£51.20–£62.40 / 0871 945 6000

Manchester Arena

Tue 30 May

£50.40–£61.60 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Wed 31 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

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The Black Lips

Atlanta flower power punks known for their wild live shows.


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