Gene Simmons Thought He Was The Only Songwriter Until He Met Paul Stanley
KISS bassist Gene Simmons recently appeared as a guest on the recent episode of a Facebook live program named Chief Chat. The musician recalled when he first met Paul Stanley, who would become his long-term bandmate later.
KISS quickly drew significant attention with their music and dazzling stage costumes and makeups as one of the most influential rock acts. Since its formation, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have always been the band’s leading figures. They had initially found a local band named Wicked Lester, but later on, they decided to form a new band with a different style that eventually became KISS.
Their creative partnership over the years significantly contributed to the band’s massive success. Their great harmony indeed moved the band to a higher level. While you may think that they had this perfect energy since their first encounter considering their longevity as a duo, the situation was far different, as Gene Simmons revealed during his recent appearance in an interview.
Simmons stated that he thought he was the only one who could write songs until he met Paul Stanley. When they first met, he learned that Stanley also wrote songs and asked him to play one of them. The bassist thought it was a perfect song, but Stanley didn’t like it when he started to play one of his songs at Stanley’s request. Gene Simmons said he thought Paul Stanley disliked him when they first met since he probably found him arrogant. He is very grateful that they could get through that stage and become two close friends they are today.
Gene Simmons’ statements on his first encounter with Paul Stanley read:
“I met poor Paul at a friend’s house, Steven. I was delusional and continue to be. I thought I was the only one who wrote songs. I know that it sounds stupid and crazy. But I thought Lennon and McCartney and all the other people wrote songs; that was another reality, another dimension. In the real world, I was the only one I knew who could write songs. I figured it out. So, when I was introduced to Paul, Steve said, ‘You know Paul writes songs too.’
I said, ‘Oh, yeah? Let’s hear one of your songs.’ So, he played a song called ‘Sunday Driver,’ which we went on to record. I said, ‘Wow, that’s really good.’ So, he said, ‘Why don’t you play one of your songs?’ and I did play ‘My Uncle Is A Raft / He Always Keeps Me Floating.’ He said, ‘What the hell is that?’ It was one of my classics which nobody has heard ever since. The first impression was he didn’t like me at all. He thought I was arrogant, full of myself, and delusional. And thank Godness we both got over that stuff.”
Gene Simmons was utterly delusional about his songwriting skills until he met Paul Stanley. He assumed that he wrote great lyrics, but the negative reaction he received from Stanley proved him wrong. Fortunately, this first unpleasant encounter didn’t end their relationship, and they could still stick together for the rest of their music career.
You can listen to Simmons’ ‘My Uncle Is A Raft’ below.