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10 Most Famous Rock & Roll Tongues

From Jimi to Miley, an appreciation of the music world’s favorite organ

Gene Simmons and Debbie Harry

Gene Simmons and Debbie Harry

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The rock world's favorite organ? Some say it was made by Hammond, but we nominate the muscular organ inside your mouth that facilitates speaking, singing, tasting and kissing: the essential, indispensable tongue. Rock tastemakers have long paid tribute to the lingual arts: Talking Heads were Speaking in Tongues, for example, while the Yeah Yeah Yeahs sang about a "Black Tongue" and Bob Dylan testified that "Spanish Is the Loving Tongue." Here are 10 of the all-time greatest tongue twisters.

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Gene Simmons

Kiss' God of Thunder was so well-endowed in the mouth region, the popular rumor in the Seventies was that he had grafted a cow tongue onto his own to give him some extra length. (Not true, alas.) Simmons says that he didn't realize his tongue was extra-long until he was 13 years old, at which point he discovered that it was an asset with girls. Asked by Rolling Stone how he rated Cyrus' tongue prowess, he said begrudgingly, "It was OK. But that was a girl's version. It's like girls' basketball. It's as good as girls get at basketball. But you can't play with the guys."