well. all of this started because ... because i wanted to make a few of the original style farrah rings, but more affordable than the sterling silver version. i picked out colors that i have on my bench currently and mostly because the material (brass) does feel more playful/less serious, the whole thing was conducive to experimenting/feeling freer with the design. so i turned a couple slightly askew and pretty much from that point forward got the song Black Diamond completely stuck in my skull.
one of my fave bands from back in the day is the Replacements. and my favorite replacements album, hands down, is let it be. totally. i still have it. the last song on side 1 is black diamond. i think later on i learned that black diamond was actually a kiss cover. and i say *i think* because, i totally forgot that piece of information (i mean, i think i used to know that) until earlier today when i googled black diamond replacements hoping to find a (sloppy) live video of the replacements doing what they do, mid 80s style.
the only reason i put the word replacements after black diamond was to avoid a bunch of skiing nonsense. so when KISS popped up in my search, it triggered an oooooh-right-that-sounds-really-familiar-i-kind-of-remember-that feeling. ... i'm sure el chicharron would be disappointed in me. overlooking the kiss catalog. we won't tell him.
but MAN. ok. the replacements version transports me back to humid iowa-summertime nights 1984 blaring this out of my combo turntable/radio/tapedeck stereo. so it will always be my favorite. but i gotta say, the KISS original is pretty dang awesome. have you seen this performance from 1975? amazing. AMAZING. and Peter Criss/Catman sings! i had no idea. i gotta watch it again.
turn this awesomeness up. both of them! and YESSSSSS for S U M M E R.
i just found this post/blog musing on black diamond - and learned more than i knew. tomorrow morning i'll dig out my u.s. vinyl pressing to check how the song is credited.