What might seem like diverse taste is, to Stanley, duality.
"I think my philosophy has always been that there's two kinds of music: good and bad," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told Jim Kerr and Shelli Sonstein Thursday morning. "When people narrow their exposure and say, 'Oh, I only like rock,' it's like saying, 'I only like pizza.'
"So are you going to eat it morning, noon and night? You're not going to get very well nourished. I think the opportunity is out there to see so much great music, so much great art. But you have to go into it with an open mind, otherwise chances are you're not going to like it. But you're the only one who's going to suffer for it."
"Just for an example: if there hadn't been a Sam Cooke, and if there hadn't of been a David Ruffin, there wouldn't have been a Rod Stewart and there wouldn't be a Steve Perry," he said. "You need those roots. It's like a recipe. You gotta put everything into it in different degrees."
"If somebody kind of picks away at the surface, you'll find that music in Kiss. There's a few so obvious ones. In 'Shout It Out Loud,' 'Well the night's begun and you want some fun / Do you think you're gonna find it (Think you're gonna find it?)' The answer — the call and response — that's ['I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch']. That's The Four Tops."