During a recent conversation with Austalia’s The Project, KISS frontman and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley talked about how he came up with the name KISS in the early ’70s and said that he was going for something that ‘would sound familiar no matter where you were in the world.’

As you know KISS was founded back in 1973 by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, who later on recruited Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. Initially, Stanley had joined Simmons’ band, Wicked Lester, in the early ’70s with the help of a mutual friend but they decided to form a new band after Simmons’s band fell apart.

In his recent interview, Paul Stanley was asked about the creative process of coming up with a band name, to which he responded by saying that he was looking for something familiar, international, and timeless. Thus, he came up with ‘kiss,’ a word open to interpretation and international, and it has worked for them for almost five decades.

Here’s what Stanley said in the interview:

“I thought that it was something that would sound familiar no matter where you were in the world. It was the kind of name where a word like that, you would go, ‘Oh, I’ve heard of KISS.’ And it also had so many different meanings — a passionate kiss, a kiss of death, whatever. So it was a word that I think was open to interpretation. And I guess it worked, right? We’re here, what? 48 years later — something like that. But who’s counting?”

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