11. Kiss, Alive! (1975)
Introduction by: J.R. Smalling
Listen: Kiss on record kinda suck. I mean, they're fun and all, but even if you're pounding cans of Stroh's in your friend's basement all night, those chords get a tad repetitious.
But Kiss is nonpareil when it comes to stagecraft. The makeup, the costumes, the fireballs, the freaking tongue. The Kiss Army even has its own rallying cry, an invocation from the spheres before each live performance. A circular koan (and arguably the most famous example of begging the question) that goes, "You Wanted The Best? You Got The Best! The Hottest Band In The World … KISSSSSSS!"
However, as Charles Darwin and the Fast and the Furious franchise can attest, things evolve. The phrase shouted by Original Kiss Krew roadie J.R. Smalling, heard on their smash live album Alive!, was actually, "You wanted the best and you got it! The hottest band in the land... Kiss!"
I know, I just blew your mind. I got another one for you: Darth Vader never says, "Luke, I am your father."
Now, on Kiss' Alive II (1977), Kiss security member (Ace Frehely's bodyguard, specifically) Eddie Balandas (a former member of Sha-Na-Na) did the introduction. He edged it closer to the slogan we know today by bellowing "You wanted the best and you got the best. The hottest band in the world… Kiss!"
Time would excise that stray "and," turning the phrase into the current dog-whistle for nostalgic burnouts throughout the land. Listen for it on Alive: The Millennium Concert (2006), or search for it on YouTube. I recommend this one. Still, it was J.R. Smalling who got the ritual started years ago.