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'Tears Are Falling' 

You know, I think "Tears are Falling" might be my favorite KISS song (next to "Heaven's on Fire" of course).

I can't explain it, but for some reason I like the no make-up cheesy KISS better than the classic KISS. My hunch is that it has to do with my age. I was too young to really remember KISS in makeup and their mid-career resurgence was basically brought about thanks to MTV. The mere fact that MTV existed even gave the band a shot at a career without make-up. So, while Paul Stanley is completely mugging like a goofball for the camera without his Starchild pancake, I love it. I like the Asylum album in general. I know "Tears are Falling" wasn't a big hit, but then that's me: always liking what others loathe.

Do you think Paul still has those yellow gloves? I think my favorite part of the "Tears Are Falling" video are the giant shoulder pads. I mean, Gene Simmons looks like he's dressed for Friday night lights. Cue Paul: spirit fingers!

Reader Comments (14)

this is also my favorite kiss song! nice choice
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwill
I believe those globes were sold as part of the KISS auction a few years ago. I always preferred 'Who Wants To Be Lonely'. Just as cheesy as Tears, but with more of a groove beat.
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian C.
I love "Crazy Nights". I take my Kiss with an extra side of cheese.
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGEO II
I love the non-make up KISS so much. I think the songs were written better and they were having more fun! Loves me some Crazy Nights!
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteral rose
I agree with you. I actually prefer the non-makeup KISS stuff too.
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
I am old enough (and fortunate enough) to have seen Kiss in the early "glory days".Saw them in 1976 when I was a ripe 13 years old,and again in 1978.Kiss didn't put on concerts in that era, they were frickin' off the chart events! Unequaled stage show! Out of the probably 100 shows I've attended over the years, Trans Siberian Orchestra comes closest, believe it or not.

But for pure music, I would also take the non-make up version. Songs are just plain better. As for my personal favorite, I'd probably have to roll with I Just Want To Forget You or Domino....
August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Allyson --

Simply put, you love "Heaven's on Fire," "Tears are Falling" (and probably many others from that era) because they're GREAT songs! And it's refreshing to read the comments from this post of others who also appreciate the 80s Kiss era.

To be honest, even as a staunch old school Kiss freak, I agree that "Asylum" is one of their all-time best. Actually, I thought their videos from that era were a lot of fun too.

Thanks for the great topic.

August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher Long
I loved loved loved Kiss in the non make up days. When I was a young kid, I remember be scared and freaked out when I saw them in make up. But once Quiet Riot made Hard Rock cool in the early 80s and Kiss took their makeup off....holy smoke. My first Kiss concert was the Anamalize tour with WASP opening. I thought I was in Heaven and was on fire. I totally played that Record over and over.
I then went and bought Lick It up. From there on..they have always been my co-favorite band. Motley and Kiss. Every chance I could, I would go see them in concert and each time was amazing.

some of my fav non make up songs are "All Hell's Breakin Loose" "Uh, All Night" "Crazy nights"

I do believe, however, that their best Album from this era is Revenge. Not Doubt.

Sonic Boom is awesome, but it is basically Kiss in Makeup writing songs that have the NON make up style.
August 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrian L
I have the promo 45 single for this song. Real good track but i have to say turn on the night from crazy nights is one my favorites from teh non make up days.
August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
I guess I am going to have to be the only one to disagree here. I do enjoy 80's KISS songs. However, their stuff from the 70's is classic. The only KISS record on my ipod is "Double Platinum" which was issued right at the end of the 70's era. All of the songs are incredible. Plus, I will have to pull an Eddie Trunk here and say that the music with the original 4 is better (in my opinion)
August 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternc rocker

I'm with NC Rocker!

As much as I love the 80's non-make-upped stuff (I even have more of it on my iTunes than I do their 70's make-up era music), I still gotta stick with the 70's over the 80's make-up period.

True, Kiss' 80's power ballad trilogy, if you will, "Tears Are Falling", "Reason To Live" and "Forever" are totally killer, along with 80's era hits and standout tracks, "Crazy Crazy Nights", "Lick It Up", "Unholy", "All Hell's Breakin' Loose" (with ya, there, Brian L!), "Everytime I Look At You", "Let's Put The X in Sex" and their awesome cover of Argent's "God Gave Rock And Roll To You" as acknowledged testimony to their MTV fueled 80's success, it's Kiss' 70's stuff that is their crowning achievement.

All you have to do is listen to their seminal album, "Destroyer", to realize that. And, huh-uh-lo-oh! "Rock And Roll All Night"!... let alone the really hardcore stuff before that from their first album and "Hotter Than Hell".

To be honest, their later stuff, though I love it and definitely appreciate the songwriting, is really more AOR, with the exception of the rockers, of course, whereas the earlier stuff is just plain more ROCK and ROLL!
August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
"Lick it Up" is my fav album from the non-makeup years but "Do You Love Me" is my fav all-time Kiss song. I can't believe all the neon going on in this video!
August 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteri'mtheone
August 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkp
September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Sexy Armpit

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