Kenny Hickey, one of the founding members of the iconic band Type O Negative, recently reflected on the band’s groundbreaking album “Bloody Kisses” and its lasting impact on their career and the gothic rock genre as a whole. Released in 1993, “Bloody Kisses” turned out to be a game-changer for Type O Negative, solidifying their unique sound and securing their place in rock history.
Hickey, the band’s guitarist and backing vocalist, took a trip down memory lane to discuss the making of “Bloody Kisses” and how it has shaped his life and career. In an exclusive interview, he opened up about the album’s significance and the emotions attached to it.
“It means a lot,” Hickey expressed when asked about the impact of “Bloody Kisses.” “The album came out when we were just beginning to find our identity and define our sound. It was a turning point for us, both creatively and commercially.”
Indeed, “Bloody Kisses” served as a breakthrough for Type O Negative. With its heavy, melancholic sound and Peter Steele’s distinct vocals, the album enchanted listeners around the world. Its success can be attributed to the uniqueness it brought to the gothic rock scene, combining elements of doom metal, industrial rock, and even including a cover of Seals and Crofts’ “Summer Breeze” that became an unexpected hit.
Hickey reminisced about the recording process of the album, explaining that it was a labor of love for the entire band. “We put our hearts and souls into that record. We wanted it to be something special, something that would resonate with our fans and stand the test of time.”
And resonate it did. “Bloody Kisses” went on to become Type O Negative’s most successful album, earning critical acclaim and eventually achieving platinum status. Its impact can still be felt today, with countless bands citing Type O Negative as a major influence on their own music.
However, the album’s success was bittersweet. Just as Type O Negative was gaining immense popularity, tragedy struck with the untimely death of original drummer Sal Abruscato’s newborn daughter. This event deeply affected the band and added an aura of darkness to “Bloody Kisses.” It brought a level of raw emotion that was palpable throughout the album and connected with fans on a personal level.
Looking back, Hickey recognizes the significance of “Bloody Kisses” beyond its commercial success. He acknowledges that it helped to establish Type O Negative’s identity as a band unafraid to explore their dark side and tackle taboo subjects, such as love, sex, and death, with their trademark blend of dark humor and raw emotion.
In the years since its release, “Bloody Kisses” remains a beloved album that retains its power to captivate and enthrall new generations of listeners. Its influence can be heard in the music of bands from various genres. It serves as a testament to the timeless nature of Type O Negative’s music and the creative genius of Peter Steele, whose tragic passing in 2010 marked the end of an era.
As for Kenny Hickey, he continues to make music, both solo and with various collaborations. However, he never forgets the impact of “Bloody Kisses” and the band’s journey. For him and many fans, that album will always hold a special place in their hearts as a testament to the artistry, skill, and distinctively dark spirit of Type O Negative.