In a recent interview, Simmons said that “Corporate America is cool.” I guess he figures he can say such things because KISS’ target audience isn’t of the teenage-indie-DIY ‘Corporate America Sucks’ variety.
Robert Duffy, writer for donewaiting, poses an interesting question: “By saying Corporate America is cool, does that make Gene Simmons the most punk guy in the world by going against the trend or just a corporate asshole? You make the call.”
I’ve chosen to take the middle ground here. Simmons has most definitely completely sold himself to the ideals of Corporate America- nothing from KISS is exempt from being packaged and sold. There is nothing punk about him or his band. I’d rather avoid going into a discussion of what ‘punk’ is, but it seems that part of being punk is choosing to go against the trend. If that’s the case, then Simmons qualifies for that part of punk-hood.