Gene Simmons defends Kiss’s “Dynasty” album: “It was a multi-platinum record, so it’s called a hit”
In a new interview with “Good day Sacramento”, TO KISS bassist / singer Gene Simmons was asked to comment on the group’s controversial album in 1979 “Dynasty”. At the time of its release, the LP was described as a “haphazard” affair which displeased some fans by the inclusion of “I was made to love you”, a song that featured a disco beat.
“Well when people talk about this record [being] hit-or-miss, it was a multi-platinum record, so it’s called a hit “, Uncomfortable said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “There are songs that are pop[-flavored] – yeah, by definition it’s called a hit. “You know, I don’t like the way that guy hit that baseball, that home run that he hit.” Idiot, it was a home run. This is called a home run. It doesn’t matter how you feel about it. These are semantics, but I am not anti-semantics. See what I did there? “
“I was made to love you” was released as side A of TO KISSthe first single from “Dynasty”. It was the band’s second gold single, selling over a million copies. The single reached 11th place in the United States Billboard singles table. The song also became a Top 10 hit in Australia, reaching No.6 on the ARIA in the charts in 1979. The song did best in Western Europe (where it became a Top 20 hit in Sweden, a Top 10 hit in Norway, reached No. 2 in France, Germany , in Switzerland and Austria, and in Holland, he became a No.1 smash).
In 2018, Simmons said he hated playing “I was made to love you” because he has to sing like his grandmother. Asked in an interview with OKAY! magazine to quote a song he wasn’t crazy about at first and which ended up being a hit, Uncomfortable says, “Well, Paul Stanley comes up and he says, “Did you write any songs? I’m going, ‘Oh, yeah. I have one called ‘Almost human’. ‘ ‘Yes? How it works?’ ‘I’m almost human. I can’t help but feel strange. ‘Yes it’s cool. It’s a Uncomfortable song.’ ‘And you, Paul? ‘ He said, ‘I have one. [It goes] ” Tonight. “Ooooh. It’s cool. What’s the next line? “I will give you everything.” ‘Oh yeah. I know what ‘it’ means – I know exactly what you mean.’ ‘In darkness.’ [Claps] ‘I like this!’ “There is something I want to do. ‘Yes, I know what that’ something ‘is. Wow! It’s a cool song. Okay, what’s my role? ‘ [Sings] “Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do.” ‘You kill me. Is that so? Am I going to sing like my grandmother? ‘ [Sings] ‘Do, do, do …’ I hate playing this song for [this] day. Stadiums full of people are jumping up and down like biblical locusts – they go crazy – with tattoos and grids on them… “Ahhhh! They all jump up and down, and I’m like, “Do, do, do, do, do, do … Kill me now.” Yet even today I hate this song. “
After the interviewer asked him if the song had grown on him after performing it for the past four decades, Uncomfortable Said, “Well, what if you sang this song? You’re a girl. I wanna sing guy stuff.”
Stanley admitted in 2017 that the success of “I was made to love you” was “a double-edged sword, because it became such a massive blow but it was also so contrary and contradictory to what we had done before.” He added: “The funny thing is when we do festivals sometimes in Europe where it’s really… the bands are pretty heavy, well, when we do an encore of ‘I was made to love you’, suddenly you have all these people with spikes in their eyeballs or bones in their noses singing. So it’s a song that seems to transcend everything, although it certainly went through a period of great backlash against it. ”
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