Kiss’ Gene Simmons is pissing off the drag world. Today RuPaul’s blog concerns itself with Simmons’ arrogance when it comes to his son Nick’s band being called Nick Simmons (who by some miracle turned out not bad-looking) and the Electric Chairs. Although Jayne County‘s band has been called The Electric Chairs since 1978 – actually longer than Wayne’s been Jayne – Simmons senior says that if a name’s not copyrighted it’s fair game. Like New York punk/glam drag bands in ’78 visited the copyright office.
It’s not as if Gene doesn’t know who Jayne County is; Kiss got their big break/recording deal by being an opening act for Jayne County (at that time, her group’s name was Jayne County & the Backstreet Boys, another name that was plucked from Jayne’s grasp in 1995). Needless to say, Jayne County is furious. (Punk Globe)