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Parody Video Chronicles the Fictitious Story Behind Kiss Power Ballad "Beth"

You know a song is a classic when someone parodies it.

Well, here's a parody — in video form — of the story behind "Beth," Kiss' highest-charting single. The monster ballad, which is credited to Peter Criss, Stan Penridge and producer Bob Ezrin, was released in 1976 on Destroyer.

The professionally shot short film chronicles the completely fictitious story of the song's inspiration. It shows Criss talking on the phone with his wife, Beth, during a Kiss recording session (Note that everyone is in full makeup!). All of Criss' dialogue stays true to the song's lyrics.

The film was directed by Brian Billow and written by Bob Winter and posted to YouTube by MAYOR ADAM WEST. We just can't make this stuff up.

While we're on the topic of Kiss, be sure to check out "the Ace Frehley Laugh Collection" HERE.

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.