SIX DEGREES OF KISS: JETHRO TULL

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Chris Leatherman I accept your challenge and will connect Jethro Tull to KISS in six steps or less.


Jethro Tull were a British progressive rock band whose album Crest of a Knave infamously beat out Metallica’s …And Justice For All to win the 1987 Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance. They are responsible for one of the worst songs ever, “Bungle In The Jungle,” but the band’s 1972 album Thick as a Brick, which is just one long song, is actually pretty good. I for one am especially fond of their 1978 album Heavy Horses


So how am I going to connect these illustrious Grammy winners to KISS in six steps or less? Like this:


1. Jethro Tull’s original bass player was a dude named Glenn Cornick. Just look at the dirty hippy!


2. After leaving Jethro Tull Glenn Cornick formed a band called Paris with guitar player Bob Welch, who had left Fleetwood Mac only to be replaced by Lindsey Buckingham.


3. After two albums Paris broke up and Bob Welch embarked on a successful solo career, including scoring a top twenty hit with “Sentimental Lady” in 1977. On his eponymous 1981 album Bob Welch covered the song “Bend Me, Shape Me” which had been a top ten hit in US for The American Breed in 1967 and in the UK for Amen Corner in 1968.


4. “Bend Me, Shape Me” was also recorded by the awesome UK glam rock band Hello for a 1975 single.


5. Hello had a top ten hit in the UK that same year (1975) with a song called “New York Groove.”



Just for shits and giggles here are a couple of my favorite Hello songs:


6. “New York Groove” reached number 13 on the US charts when it was released by Ace Frehley of KISS on his solo album in 1978.


And there you have it.




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