The ‘sleazier, more extreme Village People’: How KISS associates Skatt Bros. created the ultimate hard-rock Pride anthem

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Skatt Bros. in 1979. (Photo: Casablacna Records)

They were the “sleazier, more extreme Village People,” according to Doug Brod, author of They Just Seem a Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, and Starz Remade Rock and Roll. And while the porno-disco-rockers’ signature song and only U.S. hit, “Walk the Night,” didn’t exactly become a wedding-reception staple like their Casablanca Records labelmates’ ubiquitous “YMCA,” there’s no doubt that Skatt Bros. — led by Sean Delaney, the lover of KISS’s then-manager Bill Aucoin and the costumer/choreographer who helped shape Casablanca superstars KISS’s outlandish stage show — made their mark.

Brod admits that he didn’t know much about Skatt Bros. until he started working on They Just Seem a Little Weird, but tells Yahoo Entertainment/SiriusXM Volume, “I’m so glad you asked, because this was one of my favorite chapters to write and research! Sean Delaney was this guy who worked for Bill Aucoin, worked for KISS. He basically created, or helped create, KISS’s show for them, and he also worked extensively with [Aucoin-managed glam-rock signing] Starz early on, sort of grooming them — he was their guru, their choreographer, and he sometimes co-wrote songs with them. … So, there were a lot of connections to KISS that the Skatt Bros. had.”

 

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