It can be surreal to hear that a song you love deeply from a band/artist is actually a song they themselves cannot stand. It is even more surreal when said song is perhaps one of their most successful tracks ever.
His big issue with the track is the part he sings.
And what is that song? Funny enough, it is the Kiss classic “I Was Made For Lovin’ You.”
Reflecting on the song’s creation, Gene Simmons shares (the following quotes have been transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“Well, Paul Stanley comes in and he says, ‘Did you write any songs?’ I go, ‘Oh, yeah. I’ve got one called ‘Almost Human’.’ ‘Yeah? How does it go?’ ‘I’m almost human. I can’t help feelin’ strange.’ ‘Yeah, that’s cool. That’s a Gene song.'”
Gene continues the story and brings up how he asked Paul Stanley what he was working on.
“‘How about you, Paul?’ He goes, ‘I’ve got one. [It goes] ‘Tonight.’
“‘Ooooh. That’s cool. What’s the next line?’ ‘I’m gonna give it all to you.’ ‘Oh, yeah. I know what ‘it’ means — I know exactly what you mean.’ ‘In the darkness.’ [Claps] ‘Love that!’ ‘There something I wanna do.’ ‘Yeah, I know what that ‘something is. Wow! That’s a cool song. Okay, what’s my part?'”
Gene then finds out about the part of the song where he will be singing “Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do,” and he is not a fan.
“‘You’re killing me. Really? I’m gonna sing like my grandmother?’ [Sings] ‘Do, do, do…’ I hate playing that song to [this] day. Stadiums full of people jump up and down like biblical locusts — they go nuts — with tattoos and grills on… ‘Ahhhh!’ They’re all jumping up and down, and I’m going, ‘Do, do, do, do, do, do… Kill me now.’ Still — still to this day I hate that song.”
After sharing this, the interviewer asks Simmons if his stance on the single has changed over time. In responding to this question, Gene says:
“Well, how about you sing that song? You’re a girl. I wanna sing guy stuff.”
What do you think of “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”? Are you a big fan of the Kiss classic?
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