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Nolen Strals: Devo. Kiss is utter bullshit. Kiss vs Devo is basically "dumb vs smart"
John Houser III: Devo is what people think others want to hear but deep down we all know its Kiss.
Tex Ramone: KISS would win, only because their legal team would issue a cease and desist letter to Devo before the battle even started. KISS would then find a way to somehow merchandise Devo as a KISS product and sell it back to their fans.
Tex Ramone: Bad news: KISS just took this whole comment thread and printed it on a ringer t-shirt. It's now available on their online shop for $24.95
Edward Fox: Devo is the academic answer. Kiss is the emotional answer.
J.t. Dockery: Pointing out that KISS is commercial is kind of like pointing out a porn star's tits are fake: obvious. I think Gene once said "I sell out every night I walk on stage." Gene is gene, indeed. But for everybody that wants to make whiny snob noises when KISS gets brought up, I firmly believe if KISS called it quits after the third album and never made ALIVE, music snobs would speak of them as a seminal influence on the early NYC punk scene. But again, I can't address this question with an either/or reality principle. I say to you, truly, that KISS seems like something DEVO would dream up if KISS didn't exist already.
Boson KaChun AuPerkins: Devo of course. They did the soundtrack to the neuromancer videogame
Stacey Wachter: Devi. .. Devo. Stupid auto correct.
Rahne Alexander: I think it was BAM magazine in California that had a years-long letters column war over who was more influential, KISS or Bob Dylan. In that battle, as in this, I will go with Devo.
Joel McLemore: I was too young to really remember KISS at their peak, I mainly knew of them through LICK IT UP and afterward. By then they seemed pretty tired compared to the other bands, and I was really into metal back then. Anyway, so yeah, Devo.
John Frizzera: Devo never sang Cold Gin, so I gotta go with Kiss, after all I did serve in the KISS Army
John Venable: Really, has there ever been a band more cynical than KISS? It's a big part of what I admire about them.
Chris Holland: Hmmm no talent gimmick band that are masters of marketing, or a one hit wonder weirdo band? Guess the KISS marketing machine wins this one
Dan Taylor: Tough call but my Mom never banned DEVO so I have to go with KISS. Especially on The Demon's birthday.
Josh Seip: Devi ... DevO
Johnny Riggs: Kiss lyrics are the single worst lyrics on the planet. Devo were a million times smarter. And despite the fact that the first Devo LP is genius, I've probably listened to the first three KISS albums more.
Brian Mitchell: Who can name the members of DEVO. Mark Mothersbaugh and who else? I think most people of that generation can name the original members of Kiss. I vote Kiss
Scott Huffines: Unlike most of the Facebook one-worders, I've actually thought about this all day. I've crossed paths with Gerry Casale three times in my life. Imagine if Kiss had failed. Gerry would be that version of Gene Simmons. His cynicism has lots to do with never "making it" other than a few coked-out years in the '80s.
Michael Marshall: DEVO made much better albums. KISS made much better album covers.
Edit Barry: Had KISS ever asked, "Are we not men?," they would've won this one
Marla Kanefsky: No comparison. "I wanna rock all night" to DEVO!!!!
S Dwayne Bruner: DEVO only because DEVO doing KISS covers would rule more than KISS doing DEVO covers.