Sebastian Bach Addresses The Overdub Controversy Over KISS’ ‘Alive!’

Former Skidrow frontman Sebastian Bach recently talked about overdubbing in the rock and roll music industry during an interview with Eddie Trunk. Bach also reflected upon the ‘unneccassary’ controversy around KISS’ ‘Alive!’ album.

It has been a topic of discussion over the years about what is considered original and what is fake. Especially in artistic industries where the creation is based upon creativity, anything can look or sound the same even though it isn’t copied. This topic is also discussed under the roof of cheating, but a musician doesn’t necessarily have to cheat from others to be blamed for it.

KISS’ 1975 album ‘Alive!’ is one of those controversial albums which caused the band to face accusations of ‘cheating.’ The discussed issue in this album was that because the recording in the shows wasn’t clear, and also Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons re-recorded some parts of the songs in the studio so they could be added to the album as if they were played live. There are also some rumors that the band overdubbed the cheers of the crowd.

During his recent apperance on Eddie Trunk Podcast, Sebastian Bach addressed the controversy about the KISS ‘Alive!’ album by stating that the musicians such as Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are allowed to overdub if they wanted to. He also said that everyone in the rock music industry overdubs some parts of their records from time to time since it is not a crime. Bach added that when he listened to the ‘Alive!’ album for the first time, he didn’t care about them overdubbing some parts of the record at all.

Here is what Bach stated about the issue:

“There is a lot of controversy about KISS’ ‘Alive!’ Did they play their own record or did they overdub? News Flash! You’re allowed to overdub! You’re allowed to do that. It’s not a crime. If you’re making an album and you want to overdub one part, that’s completely allowed, and everybody does it. When we were kids, buying KISS’ ‘Alive!’ Nobody thought about that. We didn’t care at all, nobody did.

If I change the ending of ‘Quicksand Jesus,’ I would rather do say what Rod Steward does, I’m not gonna drop the key to the song, but I might alter a melody within the original key, or I might just nail it, who knows.”

Even though sincerity is a huge attraction point in the music industry, if an artist is releasing a whole album and the sounds don’t necessarily match with the live recording, it seems to be okay if they re-record some parts to make it appropriate for selling. As Bach puts it, it should be okay to do this, and the listener would be satisfied if the record is good enough to pay money for.