Painted faces, flamboyant concerts, still going strong today; KISS’s, I Was Made For Lovin’ You hit the airwaves in 1979.
there’s only one kiss
Grease paint, flamboyant costumes, spitting blood, flaming guitars, and that tongue! We all know KISS, one of the most prolific bands of the last 40 years.
KISS began life in 1971 under the name, Wicked Lester. By 1973, they had a new name and the line-up that has remained largely unchanged to this very day.
Then came the makeup and costumes. They took on the personas of comic book-style characters: Starchild (Stanley), The Demon (Simmons), Spaceman or Space Ace (Frehley) and Catman (Criss).
The name KISS came about because Ace Frehley had previously been in a band named, Lips. It seemed a natural name progression. Ace came up with the styalised KISS logo with the S’s looking like lightning bolts.
In Germany, however, it looked a little too much like the SS symbol which is banned. Hence, over there, the name is written with the S’s backwards.
gold record but still no #1’s
I Was Made For Lovin’ You was Kiss’s second gold record, the first being Beth. In all, the band produced 20 studio albums, 10 live albums, 13 compilation albums, 58 singles and 15 video albums – they are one of the highest selling artists of all time, but they have never achieved a #1 single in the US. Their highest chart listing is #7; Beth in 1976.
i was made for loving you baby fax
- I Was Made for Lovin’ You, was released as a single on May 20, 1979 from the band’s album Dynasty.
- I Was Made for Lovin’ You was KISS’s second gold single and certified gold in the US on August 16, 1979, and in Canada on August 1, 1979.
- The song was written by professional songwriters, Desmond Child and Vini Poncia, and KISS guitarist, Paul Stanley. Desmond Child said of I Was Make For Lovin’ You,
Paul wanted to write a good disco song and I decided to help him with that. Paul started to write lyrics and chords then I played the song on the guitar and said “OK, we’ll do something to improve this and make it really a good song.
It was a conscious effort on my part to prove how easy it was to write and record a hit disco song.
- Over 20 bands have produced cover versions of I Was Made For Lovin’ You. Jack Black covered the song as, I Was Made For Sliming You at the 2008 Kids Choice Awards, and some claim the central riff of the song was borrowed by Bruce Springsteen for his song Outlaw Pete, from his 2009 album Working On A Dream.
- I Was Made For Lovin’ You lyrics.
i was made for lovin’ you – kiss – 1979 – video
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