It's no secret in the world of music or marketing that KISS are all for attaching their name to a variety of weird KISS merchandise. Reportedly, KISS have "licensed [their] name to more than 3,000 product categories, from lunchboxes and comic books to credit cards and condoms to become nearly a $1 billion brand."
Released in conjunction with tours, album releases, or band-related events, many KISS-licensed products seem to push the boundaries of what might be sold by a rock band, but dedicated fans have snatched them up anyway.
Over the past four decades, KISS (especially their frontman, Gene Simmons), like other celebrities who sell products, have made millions from band merchandise. Take a look at some of the more outrageous, over-the-top, ridiculous KISS merchandise and decide what stands out among the crowd.
KISS Air Guitar Strings
KISS provided fans with air guitar strings - more or less empty plastic packages with the band's branding - for $3.99 per pack.514Over the top?
KISS Super-Spicy Chili Tomato Meat Buns
Touted as "Hotter than Hell" - a reference to the KISS album of the same name - the buns were "[b]lack on the outside and hot and spicy on the inside," and "[l]ike the band, they have impact."
Only 300,000 buns were made, in large part because their availability accompanied KISS tour dates in the country. The buns were complete with the KISS logo on the top and wrapped in one of five collectible KISS wrappers.322Over the top?
When it first became available in 2001, a KISS Kasket would run you about $3,300. According to Gene Simmons, "I love livin', but this makes the alternative look pretty damn good."
The casket features a laminated photomural, complete with several images of KISS members. When a second version was introduced in 2011, the price went up to $4,000 - although an autographed version cost closer to $4,700. The coffin was also touted as a cooler, waterproof and ideal for serving soft drinks and beer alike.
As the story goes, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott from the band Pantera was laid to rest in a KISS Kasket after his tragic onstage passing in 2004. Simmons reportedly gave his own, limited-edition casket to the family.4111Over the top?
KISS-Themed Hello Kitty Toilet Paper
KISS joined forces with Hello Kitty in 2011, setting the stage for Hello Kitty-themed KISS products or, depending on your perspective, KISS-themed Hello Kitty items.
Either way, the following year saw the introduction of a toilet paper that brought KISS and Hello Kitty together to do, well, what toilet paper does.308Over the top?