The KISS Song Bruce Springsteen Was Accused Of Ripping Off
There is no doubt that many musicians have been ‘inspired’ by others or borrowed some elements from their works. These inspirations sometimes turn into rip-offs and result in long-lasting feuds between the artists. As you probably know, the music industry is full of these ‘rip-off’ accusations.
Today we’re going to look into the time some fans claimed that Bruce Springsteen ripped off one of KISS’ songs. Although Springsteen’s sound is rather different from KISS’, there was a solid reason behind this accusation. Let’s learn the reason why the fans made this claim and which song was the source of this issue.
Bruce Springsteen Was Accused Of Ripping Off The KISS Song ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You’
In 1979, KISS released their seventh studio album ‘Dynasty,’ and their hit disco song, ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You,’ appeared on this album. Following the release, the song became one of KISS’ biggest hit singles as it peaked at No. 11.
In 2009, a KISS fan spotted the similarity between KISS’ ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You’ and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Outlaw Pete.’ The fan then compiled the similar parts of both songs into a YouTube video and shared it online. Although it’s hard to think of Bruce Springsteen copying KISS, the resemblances are apparent.
In a 2017 interview on Guardian, Gene Simmons talked about this issue and said KISS doesn’t sue some people, although they have sued numerous people due to plagiarism. He then said the reason they didn’t sue Bruce Springsteen is that they like the musician.
Gene Simmons told The Guardian that:
“KISS have sued lots of people and won. But some people we don’t sue. We didn’t sue Bruce Springsteen for ‘Outlaw Pete’. How do we decide who to sue and who not to? We like Springsteen. We don’t sue.“
On the other hand, Paul Stanley also touched upon this subject in a previous interview. He said that there’s a part of ‘Outlaw Pete’ that just sounds like ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You.’ The guitarist then argued that he doesn’t think Springsteen was sitting and listening to the song. However, Stanley claimed that their song finds its way into other musicians’ music easily.
As reported by Blabbermouth, Paul Stanley stated in a 2016 interview that:
“There’s a Springsteen song that sounds like… There’s a part of the song that sounds like ‘I Was Made For Loving You,’ so I’m sure he wasn’t sitting around listening to that, but it finds its way into everybody’s music. You can’t come down on everybody for their creativity.”
Below, you can listen to the parts of ‘Outlaw Pete’ and ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You,’ which fans believe they resemble each other.