Kiss – “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” (1979) – 12″ & 7″ Singles (Bonus Edition) – (The Kiss Review Series)

As a Bonus Edition to The Kiss Review Series, we are going to look at a couple singles I have for the Song “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” off the band’s 1979 album, ‘Dynasty’. The song was a commercial success for the band reaching all the way to the #11 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 and one of only a handful of times they have broke the Top 40.

The music, however, was quite a departure for the band. The song was labeled as Disco and if you listen to it, it really was. The song was written by Paul Stanley, Vini Poncia and the great Desmond Child makes his first of many appears with the band (only one on this album). The story goes that Disco was really big at the time and the record company wanted the band to be a little more commercial. Paul thought any idiot could write a disco song and a bet was made and a few hours later, the song was written and the Paul proved his point. This song did have every trapping of a disco song, the tempo, the beat, the pop sound, the disco sound effects…I mean it was disco…but it was good and it was catchy and they still play it live today. Now on a side note, this is Gene’s least favorite song (and Peter and Ace hate it too).

I have two versions of the Single. I have the Radio Edit 45 Single with “Hard Times” as the B-Side and I have the 12″ Dance Mix with “Charisma as the B-Side. First we will talk about the 7” Single, which might be the Radio edit.

The 7″ Single was cut down by about 30 seconds to 3:57 and was released in May 1979. Don’t let Wikipedia fool you as this song was not released in 1978 which would’ve been a full year before Dynasty’s release and even before the Solo Albums. The major differences were a shortened entrance to the song and a reduction to the harmonies after the guitar solo. Otherwise, basically the same.

With Ace on an upswing, the stuck “Hard Times” as the B-Side. The song was written by Ace and is showcase of how he is getting more confident in everything he does. The song is about the rise of fame and the troubles it can bring. The guitar sounds like Ace and the bass on it is great which is Ace as well.

The other single I have in my collection for this song is the 12″ Dance Remix. The song is stretched out to 7:54 which is a very long time for this song. And let me tell you, they ramped up the disco on this version even more. They extended the entrance, they stretched out drum parts, they repeated parts, they did everything the could to extend the song and pushed the limits of how much you could take on hearing this song.

The B-Side on this one was from Gene and it was the album track “Charisma”. The song is a heavier and darker song which has to be done to fit the Demon image. It is still softer than what we are used to hearing and Vini adds layer upon layer of vocals on the chorus to soften up. The subject matter is more cocky Gene bravado and when you throw in a sweet little Ace solo you have a decent Gene track.

Now I am proud to say, my copy of this album was sealed. That is right, it was a 40 year old virgin and never been played. That is until I got my hands on it. I believe music is made to be heard and I had to hear what the extended version sounded like. There might be some that think it should have stay sealed, but fate put it in my hands so that was going to happen.

I hope you enjoyed this departure from the album reviews and in a couple days we will back to our regularly scheduled Kiss Reviews.

Next Up: Kiss – ‘Unmasked’ (1980)

Check out the rest of the series if you have time!!

The Kiss Review Series:

  1. Wicked Lester and the Progeny Demo Sessions (Bootleg)
  2. Kiss – Kiss (1974)
  3. Kiss – Hotter Than Hell (1974)
  4. Kiss – Dressed to Kill (1975)
  5. Kiss – Alive! (1975)
  6. Kiss – Destroyer (1976)
  7. Kiss – “Flaming Youth” 45 Promo Single – Bonus Edition (1976)
  8. Kiss – Special Kiss Album For Their Summer Tour (1976)
  9. Kiss – The Originals (1976)
  10. Kiss – Rock & Roll Over (1976)
  11. Kiss – Love Gun (1977)
  12. Kiss – Alive II (1977)
  13. Kiss – Double Platinum (1978)
  14. Kiss – Paul Stanley (1978)
  15. Kiss – Gene Simmons (1978)
  16. Kiss – Peter Criss (1978)
  17. Kiss – Ace Frehley (1978)
  18. Kiss – Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978) Movie
  19. Kiss – Dynasty (1979)
  20. Kiss – “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” (1979) – 12″ & 7″ Singles (Bonus Edition)

The Bootleg Series:

  1. Kiss – ‘Accept No Imitations’ (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ASYLUM TOUR)
  2. Kiss – Look Wot You Dun to Me (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (CRAZY NIGHTS TOUR)
  3. Kiss – The Summer of Satan: The Devils Ride Out! (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DESTROYER TOUR)
  4. Kiss – Return to Capital Center (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DYNASTY TOUR)
  5. Kiss – With Fire & Thunder (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (HOTTER THAN HELL TOUR)
  6. Kiss – Northhampton PA March 19th, 1975 (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DRESSED TO KILL TOUR)
  7. Kiss – The Hottest Show On Earth (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (THE HOTTEST SHOW ON EARTH TOUR 2010)
  8. Kiss – All the Way to the Ball Room (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (Australian Tour 1995)
  9. Kiss – Kiss of Thunder (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (The Rising Sun Tour 2006)
  10. Kiss – Agora Ballroom 1974: The Cleveland Broadcast plus Bonus Cuts (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (THE KISS TOUR)
  11. Kiss – Hotter Than Hell: Radio Broadcast 1976 (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ROCK & ROLL OVER TOUR)
  12. Kiss – The Tickler (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (LICK IT UP TOUR 1983)
  13. Kiss – Barbarize (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ANIMALIZE WORLD TOUR 1984 – North American Tour)
  14. Kiss – They Only Come Out At Night (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ANIMALIZE WORLD TOUR 1984 – EUROPEAN TOUR)
  15. Wicked Lester and the Progeny Demo Sessions (Bootleg)

Kiss – The Box Set:

Gene Simmons – The Vault:

19 thoughts on “Kiss – “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” (1979) – 12″ & 7″ Singles (Bonus Edition) – (The Kiss Review Series)

  1. Couple of nice scores their Sir!
    Hard Times proves without a doubt as you say how Ace gained confidence and was probably driving the two leaders bonkers as he was definitely coming up with the goods on the albums.
    Ah man to have been a fly on the wall back then.

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  2. Good on you for opening it and “unvirgining the virgin” as Nigel Tufnel once said. I think I have that dance remix on a CD single somewhere but I sure would love to have it on the original 12″ single. And the single edit, same deal. Though they are not high on my priority list, single edits are collectible to me. If I found one in the wild I’d get it. I don’t know where to start with collecting Kiss singles unfortunately.

    Shame that Gene doesn’t like the song since he’ll be playing it forever.

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  3. Nice momentos. I have a few 12 inch single releases as well and I wasn’t a fan of how they extended songs to 7 minutes and what not. Gary Moore comes to mind right now.
    From a song point of view I never viewed this song as a disco track. It was just a hard rock getting a bit more melody into their music from whatever was popular. Sort of like how the hard rock bands in the 90s incorporated some grunge elements and then mu Metal breakdown elements and so forth.

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