Just what were Kiss thinking? Backwards drums, an unusual array of instruments, sound effects, screaming children, choirs, eccentric production techniques and the New York Philharmonic symphony orchestra... madness or genius?
Peter Criss says:
“I found myself recording the intro to God Of Thunder in an empty elevator shaft of a building. Bob Ezrin (producer) positioned the mics up on the top floor. I thought he was crazy but I loved the idea!”
“As I was playing, I saw two guys coming into the building to pick up the garbage. Bob heard me in hysterics and yelled down my headset, ‘What’s wrong with you?’. There I was, with blue-black hair, thumping a beat on a big bass drum and two floor toms, while these Mexican guys were absolutely freakin’ out!”
“They couldn’t speak English and didn’t know what to do with the garbage! Ezrin heard the racket, started laughing and ran to where I was set up to see what was really going on – it was a blast! We laughed about it for hours!”