Kiss frontman gives file-sharers tongue-lashing
'Even the poop they poop out is the food I bought them'
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons is a strict dad and it seems he has applied his “now school” approach to illegal file-sharers on the web, for whom he reserves zero mercy.
Simmons gave his stark views of P2P pirates at the MIPCOM shindig in Cannes.
"Make sure your brand is protected. Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don't let anybody cross that line," he said.
The bass guitarist also hit out at record labels for not taking control of their own rosters of work at the right moment.
"The music industry was asleep at the wheel and didn't have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we're left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There's no industry," said Simmons.
But the ageing rocker’s tough love approach doesn’t just apply to pesky file-sharers on the interwebs.
Simmons told Scottish rag The Daily Record that his two grown up kids weren’t “allowed to go off the rails".
"If I catch them getting drunk once, if they don't tell me they are going to do it, they are going to find their Beverly Hills butts in the middle of a work camp in the desert,” he told the paper.
"It is not 'old school', it is 'now school', the same rules. The phrase 'wait until your father gets home' is good. Parents should never act like a friend to their children.
"I am not their friend, I am their parent and they are going to do as I say. There is no running to their room and slamming the door. That's my room. That's my door. Even the poop they poop out is the food I bought them. The air they breathe is my air.
"They're allowed to rebel once I kick them out of the house and they earn their own living."
Presumably, however, Simmons won’t be encouraging his offspring to visit BitTorrent tracker sites and get hold of ancient rock music by some band called Kiss. Perish the thought. ®
For the record, the 70s tongue-wielder made very similar comments in 2007. Seems he's stuck on repeat.