I remember being 12 years old and the only music I really heard was Top 40 radio. In the fall of '76, KISS appeared on TV on "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special" and played "Detroit Rock City" (they played "Beth" later in the show, but I didn't care for that one much). Seeing the make-up and the costumes, the fire, etc., and the SOUND!!! I had never seen anything like it before and I was hooked.
I never listened to Top 40 radio again.
I took my paper route money and ran out and bought KISS ALIVE and Destroyer, begged my parents to let me take guitar lessons, and decided that this (play music) was something I needed to learn how to do.
I sucked as a guitar player, but I could always sing, so when my friends and I decided we could form a band (freshman year of H.S. in 1977-78 ), I became the singer.
8 years later we broke up, as some decided to "get real" and go to college or just stop living the R'n'R lifestyle because while we were successful gigging around CT and MA, we kinda knew we weren't really going to "make it big" in Hartford, CT and the commitment to move to NYC or LA and do whatever it takes to make it just wasn't there. I cut my hair, went to college, and now waste my days posting on the ASFN board!
But this album was certainly a big part of the start of my lifelong love of music. Good choice, jw7!!!
(apologies for rambling while I was waxing nostalgic here! LOL!)