Cold Gin

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"Cold Gin"
Song by Kiss from the album Kiss
Released February 18, 1974
Recorded November 1973
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 4:22
Label Casablanca Records
Writer Ace Frehley
Producer Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise
Kiss track listing
  1. "Strutter"
  2. "Nothin' to Lose"
  3. "Firehouse"
  4. "Cold Gin"
  5. "Let Me Know"
  6. "Kissin' Time"
  7. "Deuce"
  8. "Love Theme from KISS"
  9. "100,000 Years"
  10. "Black Diamond"

"Cold Gin" is a song by the American hard rock group Kiss. The song was written by the band's lead guitarist Ace Frehley and is featured on the band's eponymous debut album. The song has gained a status of a Kiss classic song, and is featured on many compilations released by the band. Live versions of the song would be extended for about two minutes due to Ace Frehley's solo.

The song is considered as one of the greatest drinking songs of all-time. It was listed number 10 on AskMen.com list Top 10: Drinking Songs.[1] Guitar World listed "Cold Gin" seventh greatest drinking song of all time.[2] "Cold Gin" was voted number 2 on Love to Know list of Best Bar Songs by listeners.[3]

Background[edit]

The song was written by Ace Frehley and talks about how cold gin affects on the male sex drive. Ace said he wrote the song while he was in the subway.[4] The song was recorded in 1973 and was one of two songs from the band's debut album written by Ace Frehley, the other being the album's instrumental "Love Theme from KISS", which was written by the whole band. Although "Cold Gin" was never released as single, it has remained a concert staple during the years.

The studio version differs a lot from the demo version. In the demo version, after the solo Paul Stanley shouts "Whoa! Alright! C'mon!", but in the studio version, Paul shouts "Whoa yeah!". Also, the second guitar solo was cut and the outro was shortened.[5][6]

As Frehley was insecure in his singing ability, Gene Simmons sang the song on the original studio version and in most live versions (despite the fact that Simmons is a teetotaler), although during the Alive/Worldwide Tour, Frehley would sing parts of the song.[7] Frehley would provide the lead vocals when touring with his solo band.

A Los Angeles-based Kiss tribute band was named after the song. The band featured ex-Black 'n Blue guitarist and current Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer as Ace Frehley, Thayer's bandmate from Black 'n Blue Jaime St. James as Peter Criss, Chris McLernon of Saigon Kick as Gene Simmons and Anthony White (Cold Sweat, Xcursion) as Paul Stanley.

Live performances[edit]

"Cold Gin" soon became a fan favorite with band playing it on following tours (the song was also featured on Kiss' breakthrough album Alive!) but it would be dropped for the Rock & Roll Over Tour and the band would not play the song for 4 years, until the Unmasked Tour. The band would once again drop the song from the setlist for the Aerosmith/Kiss co-headlined Rocksimus Maximus Tour/World Domination Tour but returned it for the Kiss Alive/35 World Tour.

Ace Frehley would, along other Kiss songs, perform "Cold Gin" during his solo tours.

Appearances[edit]

"Cold Gin" appeared on following Kiss' releases:

Covers[edit]

"Cold Gin" was covered by the alternative metal group Disturbed at a one time tribute show to Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. It was known to be the guitarist's favorite song. The live performance was performed with members of Drowning Pool and Anthrax live on stage, featuring David Draiman on vocals. Vinnie Paul was on drums.
Pantera and Skid Row performed the song together live while the bands were on tour together in 1992. The performance was taped and included on Pantera's 2000 home video, 3 Vulgar Videos from Hell. At one concert, Ace Frehley appeared as a special guest.

Other covers[edit]

  • Death Angel covered the song on their 1988 album Frolic Through the Park
  • Chyme-Dyne's version appears on the band's 1985 album Bad Luck With Fast Food[8]
  • L.A. Guns's version appears on Ace Frehley's tribute album Return of the Comet and on 1998 EP Wasted
  • Necro Tonz covered "Cold Gin" on their 1997 album Are You Dead Yet?[8]
  • Bernard Edwards Project covered the song on their 2000 album Bernard Edwards Project Homicide[8]
  • Shotgun Sacred's version appears on the band's 2005 EP A Dark New Order[8]
  • Swiss thrash metal band Gurd covered the song on their 2009 album Your Drug of Choice[8]
  • Swedish musician Håkan Hemlin covered the song for a 1997 compilation albumKISS Covered In Scandinavia
  • Finnish melodic death metal band Kalmah covered the song as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of their 2013 album Seventh Swamphony

White Light Cemetery covers the song on their 2013 self-titled debut album, with Kirk Windstein of Crowbar providing vocals.

Trivia[edit]

Weezer guitarist Rivers Cuomo stated that "Cold Gin" is the first song he learned to play on guitar.[9]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AskMen's Top 10 list of drinking songs". Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Guitar World's top 10 list of greatest drinking songs". Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Love To Know list Best Bar Songs". Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kissfaq info about Cold Gin". Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Cold Gin demos". Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Differences between the demo and the studio version of the song". Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Kiss performance of Cold Gin with Ace Frehley singing parts of the song". Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Cold Gin covers list". Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Cold Gin influence on Rivers Cuomo". Retrieved March 26, 2011. 

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