|Song by Kiss from the album Kiss|
|Released||February 18, 1974|
Kenny Kerner andRichie Wise
|Kiss track listing|
"Firehouse" is a song by American hard rock band Kiss released on their eponymous debut album in 1974. The track was written by the bands' rhythm guitarist and vocalist Paul Stanley. During live performances, the bassist Gene Simmons has breathed fire, with red lights flashing and sirens sounding. "Firehouse" has remained a concert staple and is regarded as one of the band's classic songs. With its fan-favorite status, the song is one of the most played songs in the Kiss catalog, having been played over one thousand and four hundred times as of June 2014.
Paul Stanley wrote the song while he attended Manhattan High School of Music and Art in New York. He said he was inspired by British rock group The Move's song "Fire Brigade". The tracks are similar in their choruses ("Get the fire brigade" and "Get the firehouse") and background sound effects. Kiss played the song during its early Wicked Lester period and often afterwards as well.
"Firehouse" was one of the first numbers that Kiss performed on its earliest national appearances, including ABC's Dick Clark's In Concert on February 19 (the show aired on March 29). Other songs performed on the show were "Nothin' to Lose" and "Black Diamond". The band also played the song on The Mike Douglas Show on April 29. That broadcast included Gene Simmons' first televised interview.
"Firehouse" is associated with Gene Simmons' fire breathing antics during concerts. One of many incidents occurred on December 31, 1973 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York when the band was opening for Blue Öyster Cult. Gene Simmons' hair caught fire for the first of many times.
In November 1972, Kiss, then performing as a Stanley-Simmons-Criss trio, played "Firehouse" along with "Strutter" and "Deuce" to Epic Records' A&R director Don Ellis. The showcase was intended to secure a record deal for the group. During the performance of "Firehouse", the band started ringing a bell. Stanley, enacting a fire-fighting scenario, then retrieved a red pail and threw it at an alarmed Ellis, who thought there was a real fire taking place. As Ellis was leaving, Peter Criss' drunk brother also vomited on his foot. Ellis later said that it was the worst performance he had ever heard.
"Firehouse" has remained a constant concert staple with the band performing it on almost every tour to date. An incident occurred during the Kiss Alive/35 World Tour on November 9, 2009 in Winnipeg when a concussion bomb caught fire after the performance of "Black Diamond". Soon after the fire started, Gene Simmons started to play the bassline for the song, with the whole band joining eventually. Eric Singer sang parts of the song since the other members couldn't reach their microphones.
"Firehouse" appears on following Kiss' albums:
- Kiss - studio version
- Alive! - live version
- The Originals - studio version
- Double Platinum - remixed studio version
- You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! - Alive! version
- The Box Set - demo version
- Gold - studio version
- Kiss Chronicles: 3 Classic Albums - studio version
- Kiss Alive! 1975–2000 - Alive! version
- Kiss Alive 35 - live version
- Kiss Sonic Boom Over Europe - live version
- Paul Stanley - rhythm guitar, lead vocals
- Gene Simmons - bass guitar, backing vocals
- Peter Criss - drums, backing vocals
- Ace Frehley - lead guitar
- Warren Dewey - Fire engine sound effects