Kiss – “Flaming Youth” – The 45 Single (1976)

Another 45″ Single in my box of vinyl was a single from the Kiss album ‘Destroyer’.  The album ‘Destroyer’ is my favorite Kiss album (click the link to see the others).  The song was “Flaming Youth” and it was only a promotional single and not intended for resale.  How we ended up with it or where we got it, I am not sure.

The B-Side of the single is also “Flaming Youth” which I find interesting because the true B-Side of the Single released for the album was “God of Thunder”.  Both sides of the disc say Side A. Maybe I have a nice collectors piece…if so, I wish it was in better shape.

There were some interesting facts on Wikipedia such as the following:

Flaming Youth“…was the first Kiss single to feature a picture sleeve. The single reached number 72 in the U.S. and 73 in Canada.

And it was also interesting to read how the song was brought together…

Bob Ezrin took pieces of music written by the other three and organized them into one song. For example, one of the main riffs on “Flaming Youth” was from a song that Simmons wrote called “Mad Dog”.

The song is not my favorite from the album but it is a strong rock anthem about how kids want to stand up and rebel against their parents and show how strong they are on their own.  Typical teenage angst.

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“Flaming Youth”

[Verse]
Whoo yeah
My parents think I’m crazy and they hate the things I do
I’m stupid and I’m lazy, man, if they only knew

[Chorus]
How flaming youth will set the world on fire
Flaming youth, our flag is flying higher and higher and higher

[Verse]
My uniform is leather, and my power is my age
I’m getting it together to break out of my cage

[Chorus]
Because flaming youth will set the world on fire
Flaming youth will set the world on fire
Flaming youth, our flag is flying higher and higher and higher

[Outro]
Flaming youth will set the world on fire[x5]
Flaming youth, our flag is flying higher and higher
And higher and higher and higher and higher and higher

Written by Ace Frehley, Gene Simons, Paul Stanley and Bob Ezrin

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