Kiss – “Calling Dr. Love” (1977) – 7″ Single – (The Kiss Review Series – Bonus Edition)

I’ve found a few Kiss singles lately and this is the last in the bunch…for now. This time around I found the single to the song “Calling Dr. Love” off the band’s 1976 album ‘Rock And Roll Over’. The song was the band’s fourth Top 20 hit going all the way to #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the second single on the album which following the success of the album, ‘Destroyer’, went on to sell over a million copies and hit platinum status. Kiss was on a roll at this time and their popularity was growing by leaps and bounds.

A fun fact on the song is that it was written by Gene while he was at a Holiday Inn where I am sure he was “living in sin” (let’s see who gets that reference). The song title was inspired by a Three Stooges film called ‘Men in Black’ which contained a hospital intercom announcement, “Calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard.” And thanks to wiki for that reference.

My version is again, the standard U.S. version with the boring Casablanca / Filmworks standard sleeve. No picture sleeve. The B-Side is the Paul Stanley sung song “Take Me”. No special remixes, no unreleased tracks, just the same old stuff, but I still had to have it. I’m a little nuts that way.

A-SIDE:

“Calling Dr. Love” is the first of four Gene Simmons songs on the album.  The song stems from a Gene song called “Bad Bad Lovin’” which you can hear in many forms on Gene Simmons ‘The Vault’.  It is a heavy song and Gene sounds as menacing as ever.  This is one of his signature songs.  Interesting to note, on the backing vocals, you can hear Katy Sagal from Married With Children and Sons of Anarchy.  Of course she wasn’t famous at this point.

B-SIDE:

The B-Side was , “Take Me”,  which was written by Paul and co-written by Sean Delaney.  Sean worked with Bill Aucoin and was responsible for a lot of the choreography you see saw on stage by Kiss.  This is another rocker and a pure sex song. Ace nails down another great solo.  After all the extra things that ‘Destroyer’ had, ‘Rock & Roll Over’ has stripped the band back down to more of sound from the first three albums and I’m okay with that.

And there you have it. The goal is to get as many Kiss singles as I can and I will show them when I find them. Thanks for stopping by and if you want to catch the other Kiss items in the Kiss Review Series, there are a few below as you can see.

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 – “Beth” – 7″ Single – Bonus Edition (1976)
  9. Kiss – Special Kiss Album For Their Summer Tour (1976)
  10. Kiss – The Originals (1976)
  11. Kiss – Rock & Roll Over (1976)
  12. Kiss – “Calling Dr. Love” – 7″ Single – Bonus Edition (1977)
  13. Kiss – Love Gun (1977)
  14. Kiss – “Christine Sixteen” – 7″ Single – Bonus Edition (1977)
  15. Kiss – Alive II (1977)
  16. Kiss – Double Platinum (1978)
  17. Kiss – Paul Stanley (1978)
  18. Kiss – Gene Simmons (1978)
  19. Kiss – Peter Criss (1978)
  20. Kiss – Ace Frehley (1978)
  21. Kiss – Best of Solo Albums (1978)
  22. Kiss – Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park Movie (1978)
  23. Kiss – Dynasty (1979)
  24. Kiss – “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” (1979) – 12″ & 7″ Singles (Bonus Edition)
  25. Kiss – Unmasked (1980)
  26. Peter Criss – Out of Control (1980)
  27. Kiss – Music From The Elder (1981)
  28. Kiss – Killers (1982)
  29. Kiss – Creatures of the Night (1982)
  30. Kiss – Lick It Up (1983)
  31. Kiss – Animalize (1984)
  32. Wendy O. Williams – WOW (1984) (Bonus Edition)
  33. Kiss – Animalize Live Uncensored (1985)
  34. Kiss – Asylum (1985)
  35. Kiss – “Tears Are Falling” 7″ Single (Bonus Edition) (1985)
  36. Kiss – Creatures of the Night (1985 Re-Issue)
  37. Vinnie Vincent Invasion – Vinnie Vincent Invasion (1986)
  38. Black N’ Blue – Nasty Nasty (1986)
  39. Ace Frehley – Frehley’s Comet (1987)
  40. Kiss – Exposed VHS (1987)
  41. Kiss – Crazy Nights (1987)
  42. Kiss – “Crazy Crazy Nights” – 12″ Single (Bonus Edition)
  43. Kiss – “Reason To Live” – 12″ Picture Disc (Bonus Edition)
  44. Kiss – Chikara (1988)
  45. Kiss – Smashes, Thrashes & Hits (1988)
  46. Kiss – Hot In The Shade (1989)
  47. Kiss – “God Gave Rock And Roll To You II” (1991) – 12″ Picture Disc
  48. Kiss – Revenge (1992)
  49. Kiss – Alive III (1993)
  50. Kiss – Konfidential VHS (1993)
  51. Kiss – Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved (1994)
  52. Kiss – MTV Unplugged (1996)
  53. Kiss – You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! (1996)
  54. Kiss – Greatest Kiss (1997)
  55. Kiss – Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997)
  56. Kiss – Psycho Circus (1998)
  57. Kiss – The Second Coming Documentary (1998)
  58. Eric Carr – Rockology (1999)
  59. Mark St. John – Mark St. John Project (1999)
  60. Eric Singer Project – ESP (1999)
  61. Bruce Kulick – Audiodog (2001)
  62. Kiss – Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (2003)
  63. Gene Simmons – Asshole (2004)
  64. Kiss – Rock the Nation Live! DVD (2005)
  65. Kiss – Alive! The Millennium Concert (2006)
  66. Paul Stanley – Live to Win (2006)
  67. Kiss – Kissology: Volumes 1 to 3 (2006-2007)
  68. Kiss – Jigoku-Retsuden (2008)
  69. Kiss – Sonic Boom (2009)
  70. Kiss – Monster (2012)
  71. Kiss – The Casablanca Singles 1973-1982 (2012)
  72. Kiss – Kiss 40 (2014)
  73. Kiss – Kiss Rocks Vegas (2016)
  74. Kiss – Kissworld: The Best of Kiss (2017)
  75. Kiss – Off the Soundboard: Tokyo 2001 (2021)
  76. Kiss – Off the Soundboard: Live in Virginia Beach July 24, 2004 (2022)
  77. Kiss – The Albums Ranked From Worst to First (2021)

18 thoughts on “Kiss – “Calling Dr. Love” (1977) – 7″ Single – (The Kiss Review Series – Bonus Edition)

  1. Rock ‘n’ roll over and Destroyer are my favorite Kiss albums. There were my first 2 Kiss albums as a kid that I got.

    Seen this?

    Interview: Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and Phil Collen Talk New Album & 2022 Stadium Tour

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      1. u mean live? I vote on going to see them. Think I saw them do a festival show couple of years before covid hit. Worth seeing.

        Think u like that interview. They keep on talking how much fun they had recording a new way while everyone stayed home. Working wasn’t 9 to 5 but all over the hours. And seeing that setting where Joe is. It’s some sort of Def trophy setting at his house or studio. Think u would get a kick out of seeing and spotting all the stuff on those walls.

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        1. Yes, live. The Stadium Tour this Summer with Motley Crue, Posion & Joan Jett. I still debating on whether or not to catch it. Last time I saw them, it was the same ol same ol type of show so wasn’t real thrilled with it.

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