Picks and Pans Review: Kiss My Ass

updated 06/27/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/27/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Various Artists

Rock musicians have been coming out of the closet recently, confessing that it wasn't really the Beatles or the Sex Pistols who inspired them to pick up guitars. It was those makeup-sodden dollboys, Kiss. Maybe because the metal dinosaurs were actually talented musicians who wrote some good songs, most of which are represented here. Dinosaur Jr. does justice to "Goin' Blind," the Gin Blossoms take "Christine Sixteen" on a joyride, and Toad the Wet Sprocket contributes an acoustic (!) version of Rock and Roll All Nite." Lenny Kravitz's "Deuce" is worth hearing for Stevie Wonder's surprising guest appearance (on harmonica, no less). If liking Kiss is a deep, dark secret you thought you'd never admit to, stop worrying: You're in good company. (Mercury)

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