Gene Simmons talks about that time he won a Twist contest

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You know Gene Simmons from KISS, currently celebrating their 40th anniversary, and as a co-owner of the LA KISS, Los Angeles’ Arena Football League team whose first season is chronicled in the new AMC docuseries 4th and Loud (airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET). But did you know he won a Twist contest in school and still locks himself in his home any time there’s a Twilight Zone marathon on TV? You do now, thanks to our Pop Culture Personality Test.

Watch the video and read the transcript below. 

EW: What song changed your life?
SIMMONS: So “The Twist” really impacted me, and Chubby Checker in particular, because it wasn’t just a song, it was a social phenomenon. When I asked Shirley to dance, she was this African-American girl who really knew the stuff, and I could twist. So I walked across the gym floor of P.S. 145, when all the guys were on one side and girls on the other side. Guys are going, “Oooooh,” and the girls are going, “Oooooh,” and I didn’t care. I walked over to Shirley, “Come on, let’s twist,” and we twist. And I won the Twist championship of P.S. 145. True story.

What’s your prized pop culture possession?
Myself. My, myself, and I. I am a pop culture possession. I am the guy. I get to be me everyday. I’m a hawk. I’m a hybrid. And that’s a lot of fun. That’s why it’s good to be me.

What movie moment do you wish you could rewind?
I was never really a big porn movie watcher. But if I could, I would watch my very first porn movie, but I would watch it backwards, so that it starts off with the prostitute giving the guy money instead of the other way around. [Lowers glasses] See what I did there?

What’s your favorite TV show of all time?
Ever since I was a kid, my favorite show of all time was The Twilight Zone. It continues to be the standout show of all time for me because every single episode was like watching a new TV show. When there are marathons on, once or twice a year, I make it a point of staying home. I don’t call friends or anything. I get my bag of chips and lock myself up and all day…

Final Score: Lord of the Twist


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