Did KISS invent the power ballad?

vraiblonde

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That's a real question because I can't think of a previous harder rock group that also did a ballad. They typically stuck with a genre and didn't deviate.
 

Clem72

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That's a real question because I can't think of a previous harder rock group that also did a ballad. They typically stuck with a genre and didn't deviate.
I think Queen might have beat them to the punch by a couple of years.

Edit. And Zeppelin
 

StadEMS3

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Styx Lady (1973) does ramp up a little. Beth was 1976 and much more subdued. When I think of power ballads I always assume hair bands \m/
 

itsbob

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KISS didn't want to do a ballad, but their producers forced their hand, as EVERYONE had A ballad. I think they wrote Beth as a tongue and cheek stab at their producers, and became one of their biggest hits.
 

KingFish

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Remember when you could still be suckered into serenity by a gentle 12-string guitar or a lonely baby grand, only to be assaulted moments later by crunching power chords, squealing solos and a singer coming off the gas to a painful skin graft of the heart? Such was the raucous majesty of the power ballad, which in its classic form could inspire more fear and surprise than the Spanish Inquisition crouching in your cupboard.

Nowadays all songs go up and down like cars on a jack but then — oh, then! People would crap themselves daily when unexpected Herculean choruses spooked ’em, and no one dished them out with more volatile vigor than Journey, Styx and REO Speedwagon, three bands joining in an unholy alliance on the summer concert circuit.......
 

vraiblonde

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Remember when you could still be suckered into serenity by a gentle 12-string guitar or a lonely baby grand, only to be assaulted moments later by crunching power chords, squealing solos and a singer coming off the gas to a painful skin graft of the heart? Such was the raucous majesty of the power ballad, which in its classic form could inspire more fear and surprise than the Spanish Inquisition crouching in your cupboard.

Nowadays all songs go up and down like cars on a jack but then — oh, then! People would crap themselves daily when unexpected Herculean choruses spooked ’em, and no one dished them out with more volatile vigor than Journey, Styx and REO Speedwagon, three bands joining in an unholy alliance on the summer concert circuit.......

I love this post :lmao:
 

Merlin99

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Remember when you could still be suckered into serenity by a gentle 12-string guitar or a lonely baby grand, only to be assaulted moments later by crunching power chords, squealing solos and a singer coming off the gas to a painful skin graft of the heart? Such was the raucous majesty of the power ballad, which in its classic form could inspire more fear and surprise than the Spanish Inquisition crouching in your cupboard.

Nowadays all songs go up and down like cars on a jack but then — oh, then! People would crap themselves daily when unexpected Herculean choruses spooked ’em, and no one dished them out with more volatile vigor than Journey, Styx and REO Speedwagon, three bands joining in an unholy alliance on the summer concert circuit.......
I'd have to add Boston to that mix. As an aside listen to "The Hook" by Blues Traveler and then read the lyrics.
 

Monello

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crunching power chords, squealing solos and a singer coming off the gas to a painful skin graft of the heart?
What kind of music did you listed to? Did the band names contain words like reaper, apocalypse and or peyote?
 
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