Deuce (song)

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Not to be confused with Deuces (song).
"Deuce"
Song by Kiss from the album Kiss
Released February 8, 1974
Recorded Bell Sound Studios
New York City
October – November 1973
Genre Hard rock, glam rock
Length 3:08
Label Casablanca Records
Writer Gene Simmons
Producer Kenny Kerner, 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"

"Deuce" is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss. Written by bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons the song appeared on Kiss' eponymous 1974 debut album. In addition to being one of the band's most popular and most-covered songs, "Deuce" is a traditional concert opener. The song has been performed on almost every tour to date, and has appeared on many Kiss live and compilation albums.

Background[edit]

According to Gene Simmons, he simply copied the bassline of The Rolling Stones' "Bitch" and played it more or less backwards. "I wrote 'Deuce' on the bass," he said, "so the guitars ended up shadowing the bass line or variations of it in different octaves."[1]

The entire song was written nearly linearly; the riff came first, then the bridge, then finally the chorus. While uncredited, Paul Stanley provided the lightly phased intro riff, inspired by The Raspberries' "Go All The Way".[2] "It's an integral part of the song," he observed, "but should I get credit for that? I don't think so."[3]

"Deuce" also has special significance for Ace Frehley, who calls it his favorite Kiss song. "When I auditioned for Kiss", recalls Frehley, "they said, 'We're going to play you a song for you to listen to, and then try playing along — it's in the key of 'A'. They played ["Deuce"] as a three-piece. I thought, 'That's easy enough,' so I got up and wailed for four minutes playing lead work over it".[4]

Gene Simmons stated in reference to the song: "Lyrically, I had no idea what I was talking about. Sometimes stuff means a lot, sometimes it means nothing.".[5][6]

On July 28, 2009, a live version was released (along with live versions of "100,000 Years" and "Parasite") in the Kiss 01 track pack for Rock Band 2.

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed during the first Kiss tours, mostly as the opener. It was dropped from the setlist for the Rock & Roll Over Tour and wasn't performed regularly in the USA until the Hot in the Shade Tour in 1990. After 1976, it wasn't played again until a show in Evansville, Indiana in January 1978. It was played in some one-off shows in the USA in 1988 as well as the European Crazy Nights Tour in 1988. Simmons has said that during the band's first tours, after they did the usual setlist and encore, they didn't have any more songs to play so played "Deuce" again.[7]

Covers[edit]

Appearances[edit]

"Deuce" has appeared on the following Kiss albums:

Personnel[edit]

KISS, Alive! and Alive! The Millennium Concert personnel[edit]

Alive III personnel[edit]

  • Gene Simmons - bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Paul Stanley - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Eric Singer - drums, backing vocals
  • Bruce Kulick - lead guitar

KISS Symphony: Alive IV personnel[edit]

  • Gene Simmons - bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Paul Stanley - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Peter Criss - drums, backing vocals
  • Tommy Thayer - lead guitar

KISS Instant Live, KISS Alive 35, KISS Sonic Boom Over Europe and Jigoku-Retsuden personnel[edit]

  • Gene Simmons - bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Paul Stanley - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Eric Singer - drums, backing vocals
  • Tommy Thayer - lead guitar

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kitts, Jeff: 'Back in black (and white)', Guitar World, September 1996, p79
  2. ^ Simmons, Gene and Stanley, Paul. The KISS Box Set liner notes, The Island Def Jam Music Group, 2001
  3. ^ Kitts, Jeff: 'Back in black (and white)', Guitar World, September 1996, p79
  4. ^ Frehley, Ace. The KISS Box Set liner notes, The Island Def Jam Music Group, 2001
  5. ^ "Deuce by Kiss". SongFacts. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Thompson, Dave (2011). 1000 Songs That Rock Your World. kp / fw media. 
  7. ^ Kiss - Deuce SongFacts. Retrieved August 22, 2011.

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