Monday, October 04, 2010

Rocktober Day Five: God of Thunder

Obviously a KISS song had to make it into Rocktober but I surprised myself with this particular choice. I've recently written about Beth and my feelings for that song, so I didn't think it necessary to revisit it so soon. Other "big" songs like Detroit Rock City and Shout It Out Loud came to mind but it was God of Thunder which jumped out at me as I was listening to Double Platinum on the iPod while I was driving home from Port Macquarie on Friday.



This song was sung by Gene Simmons, which is reasonably uncommon with Paul Stanely being the main singer. Over the years they all had a go at singing and even came out with their own Solo Albums (Ace's song 2,000 Man being a favourite of mine).





To me this song IS Gene Simmons: dark, arrogant, a little creepy, sexual, powerful. The words alone don't really give you a full picture because it is Gene's menacing vocals which really give this song it's style and presence.





Gene symbolises charisma to me (if you look up the word in the dictionary I'm sure there's a photo of Gene learing at you); I'm sure he could sell ice to the Eskimos. It's funny because KISS had a song called Charisma and I used to giggle when I heard it as an 11 year old because I thought the word "charisma" was rude.





Speaking of rude, KISS symbolise my innocent sexual awakening as a pre-teen. I would listen to the albums over and over in the semi darkness of our spooky attic as an 11 and 12 year old and I knew I wanted to do something with Paul Stanley but I wasn't quite sure what it was I wanted to do.





God of Thunder (live clip from YouTube)

You've got something about you
You've got something I need
Daughter of Aphrodite
Hear my words and take heed

I was born on Olympus
To my father a son
I was raised by the demons
Trained to reign as the one

God of thunder and rock and roll
The spell you're under
Will slowly rob you of your virgin soul



I'm the lord of the wastelands
A modern day man of steel
I gather darkness to please me
And I command you to kneel



Before the
God of thunder and rock and roll
The spell you're under
Will slowly rob you of your virgin soul

I am the lord of the wastelands
A modern day man of steel
I gather darkness to please me
And I command you to kneel



Before the
God of thunder and rock and roll
The spell you're under
Will slowly rob you of your virgin soul

2 comments:

Kath Lockett said...

I had a boyfriend who was deeply, tragically into KISS, right up to the late eighties....

...maybe I'll look up 'Beth' and 'God of Thunder' on iTunes. ... when I'm drunk enough! :)

Pix said...

Hey KB! I'm in for Roctober. Love it. Hi Kath!I remember you and your sophistocated young daughter.
BTW we call our fire crotch PM Julia Gulia from the wedding singer. Love her! Not the same as KRudd, but.. that was a gift.
Cheers xxx