Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved

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Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved
Compilation album by Various Artists
Released June 21, 1994
Genre Hard rock, rock, classical
Length 45:44
Label Mercury
Producer Various

Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved is a 1994 tribute album, featuring a variety of artists covering songs by the American rock band Kiss. Released to coincide with Kiss' 20th anniversary, the album was certified gold by the RIAA,[1] and spent 13 weeks on the charts.

Overview[edit]

Cover art and title[edit]

The rights to Ace Frehley's makeup were not cleared in time for release of the CD, hence the inclusion of a hybrid form of Paul Stanley's "Bandit" design that was briefly used in some early shows and promotional photos.

Album cover Art Director/Designer: Mitchell Kanner.

The album title provided inspiration for another Kiss tribute album, Kiss My Ankh. This album contains only songs written by former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent whose make-up design consisted of a golden ankh cross on his face.[2]

Canadian, Japanese and Australian copies of the album have their respective flags in place of the American flag of the U.S. version.

Composition[edit]

"Hard Luck Woman" was performed by Kiss themselves with award-winning country singer Garth Brooks (who had admitted to being a big fan of the band during some interviews) on lead vocals.

"Calling Dr. Love" was performed by one-off band Shandi's Addiction, made up of vocalist Maynard James Keenan (Tool), guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), bassist Billy Gould (Faith No More), and drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave).

"Strutter", performed by Extreme, is an unusual recording, as it also incorporates the main riff to "God of Thunder" in the middle section prior to and during Nuno Bettencourt's guitar solo, the vocal opening to "Heaven's on Fire" into the reprisal of the lyric "But when she wants/She'll pass you by", and the chorus of "Shout It Out Loud" sung by the backing vocalist. Also, after the song has ended, one of the band members sings the introductory guitar lick to "Love Gun".

Gene Simmons initially requested Yoshiki Hayashi (X Japan) to put "I" into an orchestral context, but Yoshiki preferred "Black Diamond" for it.[3] It retains the basic structure of Kiss' version, using piano, strings and timpani in place of the traditional electric guitar, bass and drums, and was performed by the American Symphony Orchestra.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B[5]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]

The album was released to generally mixed reviews. JT Griffith from Allmusic said that the album appealed neither to die-hard Kiss fans nor to pop radio listeners, but was probably more popular within fans of the individual bands participating in this project. Although "Detroit Rock City" was released as a single, the "Hard Luck Woman" is generally considered the most popular from the set. The most interesting reinterpretation was "Deuce", "Christine Sixteen" the most faithful, while the most daring cover the slowed-dwon version of "Rock & Roll All Night". Deborah Frost from Entertainment Weekly commented how many songs ("Christine Sixteen" and "Rock & Roll All Night") were turned from "adolescent fantasies into bittersweet nostalgia", sounded even more inane the umpteenth time around ("Plaster Caster" and "Hard Luck Woman"), and [Deuce] "achieve[ed] what Kiss, no matter how hard it humps or thumps, never has and never will: It swings". For Chris William from Los Angeles Times the "hewing yawningly close to the period-piece originals" are Gin Blossoms, Anthrax, Extreme and the Lemonheads. Lenny Kravitz was "at least well-suited to shift "Deuce" from one '70s sub-genre to another, though he runs out of ideas--and of song--a minute in", Garth Brooks seemed unrecognizable, while Dinosaur Jr. done the "happiest transfer". Andrea Odintz from Rolling Stone described it as celebration of unabashed pleasures of vintage hard rock, and the ingenuity award must go to Yoshiki Hayashi for his instrumental orchestral arrangement.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Deuce"   Simmons Lenny Kravitz/Stevie Wonder 4:10
2. "Hard Luck Woman"   Stanley Garth Brooks/Kiss 3:14
3. "She"   Simmons/Coronel Anthrax 4:53
4. "Christine Sixteen"   Simmons Gin Blossoms 3:09
5. "Rock and Roll All Nite"   Stanley/Simmons Toad the Wet Sprocket 2:54
6. "Calling Dr. Love"   Simmons Shandi's Addiction 4:51
7. "Goin' Blind"   Simmons/Coronel Dinosaur Jr. 3:24
8. "Strutter"   Stanley/Simmons Extreme 4:39
9. "Plaster Caster"   Simmons The Lemonheads 3:02
10. "Detroit Rock City"   Stanley/Ezrin The Mighty Mighty Bosstones 4:21
11. "Black Diamond"   Stanley Yoshiki 7:07
12. "Unholy (German Version)[8]"   Simmons/Vincent Die Ärzte 3:28

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1994 The Billboard 200 19

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Single Position
1994 Mainstream Rock Tracks "Deuce" 11
Adult Contemporary "Hard Luck Woman" 28
Hot Country Singles & Tracks 67
Top 40 Mainstream 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum database-Kiss My Ass". Retrieved February 22, 2009. 
  2. ^ "KISS MY ANKH: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent". SplitScreen Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  3. ^ "Yoshiki Long Interview". Fool's Mate (in Japanese) (Japan: Fool's Mate) 1. July 1994. 
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  6. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved at Discogs.com

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