Kiss has linked with specialty retailer Condomania to produce a line of “tongue lubricated” Kiss Kondoms. The packaging of the bright red latex prophylactics features a picture of the group’s Gene Simmons in full make-up with his famous tongue extended. A second product, Studded Paul Kondoms, will be introduced in the fall featuring a picture of vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley; shortly after, an extra-strength Love Gun Protection Kondom will hit stores adorned with an image of the whole group on its package.
“Could anyone possibly be more qualified than Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons to create a rubber that truly rocks?” Condomania president/founder Adam Glickman asked in a statement. “After all, both these guys are rock legends, Paul adored by legions of women, and Gene, who touts to have had more than 4,600 ‘liaisons’ in his best-selling autobiography, ‘Kiss and Make Up.'”
Three packs of Kiss Kondoms will carry a suggested retail price of $4.95, and will be available via U.S. Spencer Gifts stores, Condomania’s flagship retail store in New York, and online through Condomania.com and Kiss Online.com.
The condom line follows a decidedly less salacious endorsement for Kiss. In April, Simmons and Stanley began appearing in advertisements for Life Savers’ “Rock the Roll!” campaign, which includes advertisements, contests, games, and other features. More information can be found at candystand.com.
The introduction of Kiss Kondoms coincides with the publication of the premiere issue of Gene Simmons Tongue Magazine, which hits newsstands today (June 4). Simmons will be promoting the issue through various media appearances as well as launch parties tomorrow in New York and June 11 in Los Angeles. On June 15, the magazine will sponsor the CineVegas film festival’s closing party at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.
In other news, Simmons’ official Web site notes that the bassist/vocalist recently met with Endemol Entertainment executives regarding the possibility of a television show based on his life. Endemol is responsible for the NBC series “Fear Factor” and “Spy TV,” among others.