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Undressed to Kill: KISS’s X-rated ‘S & M’ photoshoot, 1975

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Undressed to Kill: KISS’s X-rated ‘S & M’ photoshoot, 1975

One of many tamer pictures taken of KISS and mannequin Megan McCracken through the “S & M Session” in New York in 1975 by Fin Costello.
 
The early days of KISS have been all about pushing boundaries and, let’s face it, the record of issues KISS was not prepared to do again within the day is fairly quick and certain begins and ends with their refusal to take off their make-up for his or her first trade gig in New York on New 12 months’s Eve, 1973. The issues they have been prepared to do grew to become instantaneous benchmarks for different rock and steel bands and, after all, every part from their stage reveals and costumes would revolutionize how rock was alleged to look. So how does KISS observe up their notorious drunken orgy shot with Norman Seeff? They do one other picture session very like it with Fin Costello and a mannequin named Megan McCracken.

Known as the “S & M Session,” Costello, who had shot the band on many events, traveled to New York on August 23, 1975, to once more {photograph} the band. Megan McCracken was dwelling with KISS supervisor Invoice Aucoin on the time—though her participation within the shoot has been famous to be a “last-minute” sort of factor. McCracken wore unusual satin general shorts and nothing else and, throughout a number of pictures, is totally nude. Props for the shoot embody a cat o’ 9 tails, assorted bondage gear, and pretend blood—you recognize, only a common day for Ace, Gene, Peter, and Paul in 1975. Based on no less than one KISS fan, t-shirts with Costello’s X-rated pictures have been a factor, in addition to iron-on transfers. And whereas I’ve by no means had any luck monitoring one down, I imagine they existed based mostly on the stuff I noticed with my very own eyes throughout the identical interval once I was a child. Porn star Marilyn Chambers had one among her personal again in 1973, and I do know she wasn’t the one bare girl to turn into an adult-oriented iron-on switch—it is a reality. These have been good instances. 

Images from Costello’s NSFW S & M shoot with KISS observe.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A cool assortment of footage of KISS broadcast on German tv between 1975 and 1980.

Beforehand on Harmful Minds:
The loopy night time Iggy Pop, Blue Öyster Cult, & KISS shared the identical stage on New 12 months’s Eve in 1973
KISS: Their X-rated early days
GIRLS: Runaways-inspired Japanese band cowl ‘Cherry Bomb,’ Blondie, Ramones, KISS and extra, 1977
KISS performs Michigan highschool’s homecoming in 1975
‘Beth, I hear you calling’: The completely made-up, not true story behind the most important KISS hit ever had
FURR: Meet the band who tried to be like KISS and failed


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