by Gene Simmons

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"Sweet & Dirty Love," the rocking kickoff to ***HOLE, could be one of the lesser tracks on Kiss' Double Platinum. It rocks, it's simple, it's what Gene Simmons is best at, but it doesn't hint at the album to follow. The can't-believe-it's-so-faithful-to-the-original cover of Prodigy's "Firestarter" is the first clue that the album is overly indulgent, but its sampling/composition credit means that the Breeders' Kim Deal will receive royalty checks, and that's brilliant in anyone's book. That's the thing about ***HOLE: you don't listen and engage with it as much as sit back and marvel at it, as in "how does he get away with it, and on such a grand scale?" There are plenty of epic ballads in the style of the Beatles, freakish rockers with provocative lyrics, and an oddball set of guest stars. Believe it or not, Bob Dylan sat with the Demon and co-wrote the very plain "Waiting for the Morning Light." That tops the bit of trivia that Lou Reed once co-wrote with Simmons, but it doesn't outfreak the fact that "Black Tongue"'s writers' credit reads Simmons/Zappa (that the fabulous, glittery photographer David LaChapelle was hired for the cover is freakout number three). Why Gail Zappa handed over some old tapes of Frank to Simmons is anyone's guess, but he builds an almost worthy rocker around the bit of Frank-on-tape, and the Zappa kids seem to be having a lot of fun singing backup. It's almost infectious, but more so is the singalong title track, even better on the edited version of the album since all the naughty "A" words get replaced with a ridiculous sheep bleat. "Whatever Turns You On (Turns Me On)" is the other singalong, but this time it's groovy with a near jam band feel. Former playmate Shannon Tweed and her family are in the chorus just to make it extra freaky.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2004
Label: Sanctuary Records
UPC: 0060768467026
catalogNumber: 84670

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Simmons   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dweezil Zappa   Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist
Richie Kotzen   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Soloist
Mark Addison   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Frank Zappa   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Soloist,Spoken Word
Bruce Kulick   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Soloist
Michael Landau   Group Member
Dave Navarro   Guitar
Eric Singer   Drums
Ahmet Zappa   Background Vocals
Gail Zappa   Background Vocals
Moon Unit Zappa   Background Vocals
Nina Singh   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Loops
Thomas Ruud   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Bag   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Christine Parrish   Background Vocals
Dave "Soulfingers" Williams   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Steve Parrish   Background Vocals
Jeff Diehl   Keyboards
Michelle Casio   Background Vocals
Dan Cuprier   Drums,Group Member
Zachary Grant   Background Vocals
Brian Lebarton   Piano,Group Member
Holland McRae   Guitar,Group Member
Kylie OBrien   Background Vocals
Miss Sophie Tweed Simmons   Background Vocals
Mister Nick Tweed Simmons   Background Vocals
Sophie Tweed Simmons   Background Vocals
Frank Tolstrup   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Lonnie Tweed   Background Vocals
Miss Shannon Tweed   Background Vocals
Nira Weiss   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Gene Simmons   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Cheese   Engineer
Mark Addison   Composer
Kim Deal   Composer
Frank Zappa   Composer
Bob Kulick   Composer
Michael Landau   Engineer,Contribution
Scott VanZen   Composer
Nina Singh   Composer
Thomas Ruud   Engineer
Overseer   Producer
Jeff Diehl   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Dan Cuprier   Contribution
Brian Lebarton   Contribution
Holland McRae   Contribution
Alex Todorov   Engineer
Frank Tolstrup   Composer,Cut

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