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Kiss down on drugs

US rock band Kiss say sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll are for ''losers'', as drugs tore apart their original line-up.

Ben Sebborn

Date published: 8th Jan 2010

Kiss say sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll are for "losers".

The legendary US rock band don't adhere to the commonly used phrase because it glorifies drug use - one of the problems which tore their original line-up apart in 2000.

Bass player Gene Simmons said: "Even the phrase 'sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll' what a losers phrase that is! Why isn't it just sex and rock 'n' roll? How did drugs become cool?

"You can't win a marathon high, you just can't. Don't get me started."

Gene - who claims to have slept with nearly 5,000 women - and singer/guitarist Paul Stanley are the only original members left in the band, who had their heyday in the 70s.

Drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley joined the group for a 1996 reunion but Gene and Paul realised they had still had the problems which originally caused the breakdown of Kiss in the 80s.

Paul said: "There's magic in people seeing the original line-up, but from there it was really downhill."

Gene, 60, added to The Sun newspaper: "If you listened to it objectively, it grew old pretty quickly. All of the bull-s**t we had to go through with the drugs and booze and lack of self esteem that Ace and Peter had just sucked the life out of us. It's been a thorn in my side for a long time."