In 1977 (the year before I discovered punk-rock) I was obsessed with KISS.
The theatrics. The make-up. The tongue. Paul Stanley’s eyebrows! The over the top EVERYTHING!!
I mean … what more could a 10 year old girl want in a band? Well, I wanted to see them play live.
Kiss was scheduled to perform their Love Gun tour (I had no idea what that meant) in Regina on Aug 3rd 1977 and I wanted to go SO badly.
During Buffalo Days (a city-wide summer celebration) my Mum and I were at the Exhibition walking through the mid-way checking out the rides and going to the freak-shows (yes … they still had freak-shows in the 70’s) and after I saw the worlds-largest-horse and the worlds-smallest-man I saw a giant poster advertising that KISS was going to be playing at The Ex.
I begged my Mum to take me. I don’t think she said no. In fact I’m pretty sure she said yes … but I never did end up going to the show. Maybe she decided that a Knights in Satan’s Service concert was not an appropriate the show for a 9 year old girl. 🙂
I’m sad to say that I’ve still never seen them live… Even though watching Gene Simmons on his reality show has soured the KISS brand for me they’re still pretty high up there on my “bucket list” of bands to see – I still really dig listening to my old vinyl.
This photoshoot was a lot of work. Each face took me over an hour to do (I did all the styling for the calendar myself) and I think we shot them one at a time over the course of a week. I know how litigious Gene can be about his brand so I was very careful to pay homage to the band without doing a full copy of the album cover and I also wanted the faces to reflect food since I changed the band name to FRESH and the album is called N-TASTY.
I tried to may my Paul lips look like a strawberry but I once I put all the little seeds on my lips it looked like I had cold-sores or something *laugh* so I changed it to a tomato. The Demon is supposed to be a Kale Demon. Hee Hee. CatMan was turned into RabbitWoman for this photo, I even gave myself a dangling baby-carrot earring. And lastly, since we were going with a veggie/garden theme I turned Space Ace into a Space Flower Child.
The recipe for this month is Beth’s Fresh and Fancy Raw-Slaw and I have to say that it’s one of my all time favourite recipes in the world. In fact – I made it for dinner last night. It’s super easy to make (especially if you have a food processor with a grater attachment) and it’s always a hit when I bring it to pot-lucks.
Lastly – for the calendar blub I messed a little with lyrics of the song Loving You … I think I made the double entendre dirty enough to make Paul proud. Don’t you? 🙂
“I was made for gardening baby. You were made for planting seeds. I can’t get enough of your garden. Can you get enough to eat?”