Gene Simmons Recalls How He Reacted To Paul Stanley Asking Him To Sing Like Girls
KISS bassist and co-lead vocalist, Gene Simmons revealed what he felt when the band’s frontman, Paul Stanley wanted him to sing a girly part of ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You’ and why he didn’t like KISS’ iconic song during his interview with Triple M.
As you remember, ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You’ is one of the songs of KISS’ seventh studio album entitled ‘Dynasty.’ The album was released on May 23, 1979, and this album was the first one which four original members didn’t work altogether for the songs. The song was written by Paul Stanley, Vini Poncia, Desmond Child. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Ace Frehley were on the vocals.
Even though ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You’ became the most popular and commercially successful song on the album, the band’s bassist and co-lead vocalist, Gene Simmons wasn’t a huge fan of this hit. During the interview, Simmons stated that he preferred darker and harder songs. He recalled the first time when Paul Stanley introduced him to the song and Simmons’ part that he would sing.
Because of his softer tone and Simmons’ part, ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You’ didn’t become his favorite to play and sing. He never forgot that moment when he learned what part he would sing in the song. He liked some of the lyrics such as ‘I want to give it all to you’ and ‘In the darkness…’ in the beginning. Then, Stanley wanted him to sing ‘Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do’ and he thought that while everyone was singing that part, it became like girls who were singing around a campfire.
Here’s what he told:
“It was a huge hit around the world, it did ok in America. Paul Stanley wrote that one with a few other people…
And I just generally prefer harder-hitting stuff that hits you in the chest, which is why I wrote ‘I Love It Loud,’ and more the hard-rocking guitar things.
Paul walks in one day, and he says, ‘I’ve got a brand new song…’ I’ll never forget this.
To this day, it’s not my favorite song to play, but when we play it, everybody goes and sings, and that’s when I go, ‘Ok, you’re right, I’m wrong…’“
“So Paul walks in and says, ‘I’ve got a brand new song.’ ‘OK, what’s it about?’
He goes, ‘Well, here are the lyrics…’ ‘I want to give it all to you.’ ‘Oh, fantastic! What’s the next line?’ ‘In the darkness…’ ‘Oh great, that’s cool. OK, how does it go?’
He starts playing, and I go, ‘What’s my part?’ He goes, ‘Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do…’ ‘Oh, no… Paul…’
He goes, ‘No, no, everybody should sing,’ like you’re in a campfire and everybody’s singing like girls.
To this day, I spit fire, lick the dirt off the floor with my enormous tongue, and then when the song comes up, I got to stand there and go, ‘Do-do-do…’ Kill me now.“
You can listen to the song below.
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