Hot in the Shade

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Hot in the Shade
Studio album by Kiss
Released October 17, 1989
Recorded July - August 1989, The Fortress, Hollywood, California
Genre Hard rock, glam metal
Length 58:39
Label Mercury
Vertigo (Europe)
Producer Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley
Kiss chronology
Crazy Nights
Hot in the Shade
Singles from Hot in the Shade
  1. "Hide Your Heart"
    Released: October 17, 1989
  2. "Forever"
    Released: January 5, 1990
  3. "Rise to It"
    Released: April 1, 1990

Hot in the Shade is the 15th studio album by Kiss, released in 1989. It is the first Kiss full studio album since 1981's Music from "The Elder" to feature lead vocals from someone other than Paul Stanley or Gene Simmons, with drummer Eric Carr singing on the song "Little Caesar". It is also the final Kiss album to feature Carr in its entirety. Carr died of heart cancer in November 1991.

Album information[edit]

Featuring 15 songs, Hot in the Shade contains the largest amount of material of any of Kiss's studio albums. The album is one of the band's longest, with a running time of nearly an hour (58:39). Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley appeared in Kiss makeup for the first time since their 1983 unmasking in the video for "Rise to It". Although the scene with Simmons and Stanley in makeup took place in 1975, the costumes they used were historically inaccurate, Simmons' was from the Unmasked (1980) era while Stanley's was from Love Gun (1977).

Tommy Thayer who co-wrote "Betrayed" and "The Street Giveth And The Street Taketh Away", eventually became Kiss' permanent lead guitarist in 2002, replacing Ace Frehley as "The Spaceman". Kiss performed the song "Hide Your Heart" on their 1990 Hot in the Shade tour, which followed the album. Stanley would once again perform the song during his 2006-2007 Live to Win solo tour. A single co-written by Michael Bolton, "Forever", was a pop hit and became a constant fixture on the band's live performances, but otherwise the album has been largely ignored on live shows following the reunion of the original lineup. Bruce Kulick and Stanley performed "Hide Your Heart" on their solo tours.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]
Vista Records 3/5 stars[4]
Metal Nightfall 3/5 stars[5]

Hot in the Shade was certified Gold on December 20, 1989 by the RIAA.[6]However, the album has sold over 800,000 copies since its release, reaching only gold status.

Its most successful single, "Forever" reached #8 on the Billboard charts, the band's best showing since "Beth", 13 years earlier.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocals Length
1. "Rise to It"   Paul Stanley, Bob Halligan, Jr Stanley 4:08
2. "Betrayed"   Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer Simmons 3:38
3. "Hide Your Heart"   Stanley, Desmond Child, Holly Knight Stanley 4:25
4. "Prisoner of Love"   Simmons, Bruce Kulick Simmons 3:52
5. "Read My Body"   Stanley, Halligan Stanley  
6. "Love's a Slap in the Face"   Simmons, Vini Poncia Simmons 4:04
7. "Forever"   Stanley, Michael Bolton Stanley 3:52
8. "Silver Spoon"   Stanley, Poncia Stanley 4:38
9. "Cadillac Dreams"   Simmons, Poncia Simmons 3:44
10. "King of Hearts"   Stanley, Poncia Stanley 4:26
11. "The Street Giveth and the Street Taketh Away"   Simmons, Thayer Simmons 3:34
12. "You Love Me to Hate You"   Stanley, Child Stanley 4:00
13. "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell"   Simmons, Poncia Simmons 3:52
14. "Little Caesar"   Eric Carr, Simmons, Adam Mitchell Carr  
15. "Boomerang"   Simmons, Kulick Simmons 3:30


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Tommy Thayer - acoustic and electric guitar on "Betrayed" and "The Street Giveth and the Street Taketh Away"
  • Phil Ashley - keyboards on "Hide Your Heart" and "Forever"
  • Pat Regan - brass on "Cadillac Dreams"
  • Charlotte Crossley, Valerie Pinkston, Kim Edwards-Brown - backing vocals on "Silver Spoon"
  • Kevin Valentine - drums on "You Love Me to Hate You"

Album cover art director/Designer: Mitchell Kanner


Chart (1989) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[9] 36
Canadian Albums Chart[10] 46
European Albums Chart[11] 84
German Albums Chart[12] 46
Japanese Albums Chart[13] 48
Norwegian Albums Chart[12] 8
Swedish Albums Chart[12] 29
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 23
UK Albums Chart[14] 35
US Billboard Pop Albums[15] 29
Single Chart (1989) Peak position
"Hide Your Heart" US Mainstream Rock Tracks[16] 22
The Billboard Hot 100[16] 66
Single Chart (1990) Peak
"Forever" Mainstream Rock Tracks[16] 17
The Billboard Hot 100[16] 8
"Rise To It" Mainstream Rock Tracks[16] 40
The Billboard Hot 100[16] 81


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[17] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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