Gene Simmons, ladies and gentlerockers.

Rock and Roll (somewhat) elder statesman and budding intellectual Gene Simmons added his buck oh nine to the whole radiohead/NIN vs the industry vs music downloading debate in US magazine, stating:

"The record industry doesn't have a fucking clue how to make money," said Simmons venting his spleen on both band's recent decisions to make their albums available for download on a pay-what-you-like basis.

"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?"

also this:

"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."

That's a hell of a way to treat your fan base Gene, i'm sure they'll appreciate the sentiment. After finishing the interview Gene then mounted his velociraptor and returned to the cave he's been living in since 1987.
In other Kiss related news. I'm working for them now. That's right, somehow i got wrangled into redesigning a Flash based pinball game based on their "Rock and Roll, over" album, for the official Kiss brand Coffeeshop. Apparently Gene realized that if you plan on alienating your fanbase, you'd better start looking into other avenues of profit.

In other news, i scrub and scrub, but I can't wash off the filth.


casey said...

I was gonna blog about this, too. Glad you did.

What an asshole. But remember, KISS fans are either old or mentally compromised (sorry, Cooley) so they're just as backward as Simmons when it comes to the future of the business. They're just not as rich.

the le duo said...

gene simmons is a fucking douche bag. dio gives him a few good shots on the great documentary metal: a headbangers journey