My son is a huge James Franco fan and he recently suggested Why Him? for family movie night. Why Him? came out last December. Set at Christmas time, it features Bryan Cranston as Ned Fleming, Hollywood's version of a Midwest normal dad, going out to California with his wife and son to spend the holiday with his daughter at Stanford to meet her new boyfriend. As a comedy, it's pretty much a ripoff of the Meet the Parents storyline, but it has some funny moments and I especially liked Keegan-Micheal Key's character, Gustav.
As we watched it, and repeated reference was made to the fact that the Flemings' favorite band was KISS, and KISS was on the soundtrack and worked into the very fabric of the plotline, I thought, "How has Colin not mentioned this? This must be on his annual holiday watch list." And when I asked him, I was floored when he responded, “I don’t know that one! You have one-upped me on KISS! How is that possible?”
How is that possible?!? This is the dude whose blog has more than 30 articles devoted to KISS, who has himself written multiple articles about the band, one in which he describes an entire Sunday morning devoted to Googling Kiss setlists and then watching the videos on Youtube and another in which he compares the finer points of Paul and Ace’s respective solo albums, and who can expertly steer any conversation towards the band, to wit this recent Facebook discussion which began as which Rock Hall nominees would become inductees in 2018, and then became which bands were fully formed on their debut album, and then somehow became an all out KISS-o-mania celebration:
James Baumann I always think of The Pretenders and The Clash as the answers to this question. R.E.M. is a good choice as well.
Matt Walters KISS’ debut is pretty hard to beat, although they weren’t really “fully formed” in the sense they weren’t a whopper with cheese yet. 😉 The Jam, The Beastie Boys, Exploding Hearts (RIP), Television all have 5/5 debuts, too. I might also throw Franz and TVOTR in there too. Also You Am I but nobody’s ever heard of them.
Peter Nichols I mean, the drumming alone deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
Steve Elshoff Van Halen.
Steve Elshoff Jeff Buckley.
Colin Gawel Van Halen ! duh. Facepalm.
Kyle Siegrist Metallica Kill 'Em All
Colin Gawel Or possibly Crazy Nights.
Scott Carr Rock And Roll Over beats Destroyer all day long.....
Scott Carr hehe....
Colin Gawel In other KISS related news I guess the greatest book ever written is being re released and I’m not talking about the Bible.
Scott Carr that book is anazing...
Colin Gawel Guess the author was on Eddie Trunk and an updated version coming out. And rumor has it Vinnie Vincent is on the cover. Seriously.
Matt Walters vinnie's also on the back cover! It's a commemorative edition specifically highlighting how overrrated he is by certain fans of the band ;)
Matt Walters I think this discussion about KISS vis-a-vis the "fully formed on the debut" comment is really interesting. On KISS boards, the debut typically is a solid #2 among fan aggregate polls (behind RARO - usually Hotter than Hell is third and Destroyer is f...See More
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Pete Vogel Some of my fave debut albums: VH, Boston, Foreigner, The Cars, Tom Petty, Led Zep. All broke new ground, IMO.
Scott Carr yeah The Elder one is good. If you have the solo album book, it's done by the same guy. Lots of info....
So if you, like Colin, are a KISS fanatic who hasn't seen Why Him? yet, or if you are just looking for another Christmas-themed raunchy comedy to pass a couple of hours, Why Him? is currently on demand.