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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. But he also offers some compelling reasons for this change. Paul was in his prime. He was very comfortable being who he was. Regardless of the reasons, Simmons' diminished focus left Stanley in a bind.
Besides the always reliably awesome Eric Carr , now drumming on his fourth Kiss album and earning a songwriting credit for the energetic side two opener "Under the Gun" , the former Starchild was on his own to both find a new guitarist and record the album.
The job opening was filled by Mark St. John, whom Stanley describes as a "goofy oversized guy" obsessed, like many of his peers, with the Eddie Van Halen method of guitar playing: "Everybody wanted to be fast and flashy, tapping, playing with two hands and their nose if you let them.
John's busy style -- not to mention his reported inability to play the same solo twice in the studio -- wasn't a great fit for the band. Stanley recalls one telling exchange in Face the Music.
Houston, we have a problem Stanley ended up calling in another guitarist -- one who as fate would have it, soon proved to play a much bigger role in the band -- to help finish a couple of songs. John explained in Kiss: Behind the Mask. That's Bruce [Kulick] playing guitar. Amid all this chaos, Stanley managed to complete the job at hand. I also named the album, designed the album art and arranged the cover photo shoot.
By November , he was out of the band, the third lead guitarist to exit the group in two years. When asked what 'Animalize' meant, Stanley said that people were starting to become more like computers and that "making music by pressing buttons" was no fun.
It was the biggest-selling Kiss album since 's Dynasty. Critics and longtime fans, however, criticized the band's continued move towards a glam metal style on Animalize. Simmons fell into increasing conflict with his bandmates during this period for a variety of reasons, most of which revolved around his perceived lack of commitment to the band and preoccupation with numerous outside projects, including producing and managing other rock groups such as Black 'n Blue whom Tommy Thayer was a member of at the time , bit parts in films like Trick or Treat as a radio DJ , a co-starring role in Runaway , and an assortment of business ventures.
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