Between songwriting Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, as well as other Kiss members including Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Eric Carr, Bruce Kulick and Vinnie Vincent, who also contributed to the band’s catalog, the two recorded hundreds of songs, combined, from their self-titled debut in 1974 to their final album, Freakin 2012.
Although the duo wrote a handful of Kiss hits together, including “Strutter,” “Shout It Out Loud,” and “Rock and Roll All Nite,” Stanley was independently one of the group’s primary songwriters, penning “Lick It Up,” and “I Love it Loud” (featuring former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent), the powerful ballad “Forever,” co-written with Michael Bolton, as well as “I Was Made for Lovin’ You,” “Love Gun” and “Crazy, Crazy Nights”, among others.
Between writing or co-writing most of the Kiss catalog spanning 20 records and nearly 50 years, and two of his own solo albums, here are four songs Stanley has written for other artists over the years.
1. “It’s My Life”, Wendy O. Williams (1984)
Written by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons
“It’s My Life” was the lead single from Wendy O. Williams’ debut solo album WOW, released in 1984. The album was recorded around The Plasmatics’ hiatus after Williams and the band released their 1982 album , Rebellionand opened for Kiss on their creatures of the night round. Produced by Kiss’ Gene Simmons, the album earned Williams a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1985 and features a track, “It’s My Life”, written by Simmons and Paul Stanley.
In the video, shot at the Olympic Arena in Los Angeles and in the Arizona desert, Williams-style, all the stunts – speeding through the desert, bulldozing through a house and climbing a ladder suspended from an airplane in motion – were made by the singer herself.
Simmons also co-wrote four additional tracks on WOW for Williams, including “I Love Sex (And Rock and Roll)”, “Thief in the Night”, “Legends Never Die”, and the closing track “Ain’t None of Your Business” – the latter co-written with the late Kiss drummer Eric Carr and former guitarist Vinnie Vincent. Kiss founding guitarist Ace Frehley also plays guitar on the track “Bump and Grind”.
Williams released their third album, Defest! and the baddest!before his death at the age of 48 in 1988.
I have a reputation
People know who I am
Rules are made to be broken
You can’t kill what you don’t understand
i see you are scared
I never knew you cared
Go hide your head in the sand
Been to hell and back
I survived and that’s a fact
It’s my life
And I do what I want, do what I want, do what I like
It’s my life
And I do what I want, do what I want to do
My New Year’s resolution is always the same
I will do what I like, I will do what I want
And heck the thing, yeah!
I do not need anyone
I won’t play this game
Screaming from the roof
And face the truth
2. “Love on a Roof”, Ronnie Spector (1987)
Written by Paul Stanley, Desmond Child, and Diane Warren
For Ronnie Spector’s second solo album, Unfinished, the former Ronettes singer reunited with her “Take Me Home Tonight/Be My Baby” partner, Eddie Money, for a duet on “Who Can Sleep.” The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs also shared backing vocals on a song called “Dangerous”, while producer Desmond Child, along with Diane Warren and Paul Stanley wrote the track “Love on a Rooftop”. Also featuring former Kiss lead guitarist Bruce Kulick on guitar, “Love on a Rooftop” tells the story of a love soured by busy lives.
Cher later covered the song on her 19th album, Stone heartreleased in 1989, while Desmond Child (who also co-produced the aforementioned Cher album) even dabbled in it on his 1991 album, and only solo, Discipline.
We use to talk
Delivered in no time
Now we live together
Never find the time
We used to walk
Like lovers on the sand
Now we work full time
On our lifetime plan
We never stop to see
The moon at night
We’re too busy
leading complicated lives
3. “Hide Your Heart”, Bonnie Tyler (1988)
Written by Paul Stanley, Desmond Child and Holly Knight
Originally written for the Kiss album in 1987, crazy nights, “Hide Your Heart” became the title track of Bonnie Tyler’s seventh album. Although the song did well in Finland, it unfortunately fell flat in the United States and elsewhere. Nevertheless, the album, produced by Child, also featured another track written by Holly Knight (co-written with Mike Chapman), “The Best”, which would later become a mega hit for Tina Turner in 1992, and is on the Turner’s seventh album. , foreign affair.
Kiss then recorded “Hide Your Heart” for their 1989 album, Warm in the shadethe band’s last album before the death of drummer Eric Carr in 1991. Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley also covered the song on his fourth solo album, Difficulty walking.
The ride was over but the story doesn’t end
He took her heart
She looked him in the eyes
And said they couldn’t see each other again
You could see the trouble begin
Word got out that Rosa is playing with someone.
It was on the street
Tito searched for Johnny with a vengeance and a gun
Johnny better run, better run…
4. “Blood Type R”, Bad Candy (2006)
Written by Paul Stanley
Dutch band Bad Candy, made up of Glaswegian singer Natalie Estelle James, guitarist Chantal van Brummelen, bassist Janneke Nijhuijs and drummer Stefanie Salmon, lasted just four years from 2002 to 2006, but they pulled it off to release singles, several EPs and a full album. -length album set.
For their self-titled debut album in 2006, Paul Stanley wrote the more pop song “Bloodtype R” with Swedish producer and songwriter Andreas Carlsson (Madonna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez).
You wanna get down with it
You must dare to live it
Bad You gotta scare the endless system
If you want to have me
You want another mother
Hey man don’t even bother
‘Cause what you gon’ get is what you see
Baby can’t you hear me
Blood type R is for rebels
You’re in bed with the devil
I throw my fist in the air
What they tell me, I don’t care
Call it all stupidity
Well it’s just me
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