: Waterfront - C/Z records - compact disc - CZ-024
(by Dale Sherman - Black Diamond 2) :
album was originally released overseas and arrived in America in 1993.
Included on this never-licensed by KISS or PolyGram album was a group
that was to do very well within the next few years, Nirvana.
KISS has threatened to sue the label due this album, then decided to
release their own cover album instead, which is where the initial idea
for "Kiss My Ass" came from. C/Z Records would reissue
"Hard To Believe" in 1994 to sponge off of possible sales
for the other album, and included in their revised version of the
cover artwork (which had become a black cover with gray lettering and
lipstick representing the "I" in Kiss - see next tribute
album) a message to Gene which read: "Love ya Gene, baby...
please do not sue us." This album, its reissue and the "Kiss
My Ass" album has lead to other cover album as well, including
the Norwegian album "Flaming Youth" and then an Ace Frehley
tribute album in 1996, among others.
The original cover of the album featured artwork of the four original
members in their make-up with their images warped just enough to avoid
possible legal prosecution. The original pressing of the album also
included a gatefold which opened to display a variety of KISS
merchandise, including a Vinnie "WIZ" Vincent doll.
The American version of the album (and reissue) contains some
different tracks than the Waterfront version: "Hellmen",
"Whipper Snappers", "Surfin Caesars" and
"Plunderers" are gone, with "Hullabaloo"
("Calling Dr. Love"), "Threepeople"
("Deuce") and "Melvins" ("God Of
Thunder") taking their places.