My Sunday Song – “Naked City” by Kiss

For My Sunday Song #134, I am going to discuss “Naked City” off the underrated 1980 album ‘Unmasked’ by Kiss.  I say underrated now because I have grown to like this album now.  I didn’t appreciate it back in the day, but there were some great songs on this album, including this one.

First, the song was written by Gene Simmons, Vini Poncia, Bob Kulick and Pepe Castro.  The bass on the song is Gene and the rhythm guitar is Paul,  but that is it…no Ace & no Peter.  Drums are handled by Anton Fig and actually he did all the drums on the album even though Peter is credited.  Lead guitar on the song is Ace Frehley, but it is said that former Kiss bandmate Bruce Kulick’s brother, Bob Kulick played some guitar on the album as well.

The song is more of a pop/rock song and doesn’t have the full edge of the classic Kiss tunes, but it is smoking when it comes to overall tone, groove and Gene’s vocals.  Even without all original members, it is still Kiss and it is still fantastic.  The song is about New York City (which a lot of their songs are about).  The song talks about the fact there are so many people in the city, so many lonely and lost people.  It is actually quite a sad, insightful and observant viewpoint of the city.

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This album is often overlooked and its a shame as there are some fantastic songs off this one even if the album cover sucks.  Give the song a try and let me know what you think and while you are at it, give the album a try as well.  Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Sunday!!

“Naked City”

All the victims have turned to stone, no one is happy, they’re all alone
I’d sacrifice my social position tonight
In New York, millionaires, and lonely people with lonely stares
I’m not lookin’ for love and I’m lost in this night
In the naked city (in the city) there are ten million stories (naked city)
I’m not lookin’ for pity (in the city) in this naked city (naked city)
Street vampires in the night, young lovers and love at first sight
This is my flesh and my fantasy
Older women with younger men, I’ve got a feelin’ I’m in trouble again
But I’ve got to live my destinyIn the naked city (in the city) it’s a race with the devil (naked city)
All the pain and the sorrow (in the city) is there more tomorrow (naked city)
In the naked, naked city (in the city) naked city

Lonely people lookin’ for someone, lonely people goin’ their way
Lonely people lookin’ for something, lonely people goin’ their way

In New York, millionaires, lonely people with lonely stares
I’m not lookin’ for love and I’m lost in this night

In the naked city, there are ten million stories
I’m not lookin’ for pity in this naked city
In the naked, naked city (in the city), it’s a race with the devil (naked city)
All the pain and the sorrow (in the city) is there more tomorrow (naked city)

(In the city, naked city) [repeats out]

Written by Gene Simmons, Vini Ponica, Bob Kulick and Pepe Castro

25 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Naked City” by Kiss

  1. I was only a freshman in high school when this record came out but I remember thinking this is not Peter Criss playing drums. I never really know who it was for years and never would have thought it was Anton Fig from the David Letterman band. The whole bands groove was so different I wonder if other Kiss fans either consciously or unconsciously could feel the difference.

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    1. Good call. I was a little younger and never picked up on it that it wasn’t Peter. I could just tell it was not the same heavier sounding Kiss and too pop for me. I like the album now, but not so much back then.

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  2. Get your facts right. Ace Frehley plays the guitar solo on Naked city and it’s always been him..Bob has stated this many times. If anything, Bob played the fade out solo ending the song which for some reason since Bob passed,this has been mentioned now.Unmasked is a timeless Radio rock album possibly my favorite album and I’ve been a fan since 77 ..

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