In 1974, the hard rock band Kiss released its eponymous debut album. The record struggled to stay on the charts and the group was in need of a single that would help the album climb the charts. Neil Bogart, founder of the band's record company Casablanca Records, knew that a catchy single could save the record. He consequently ordered the band to record "Kissin' Time", hoping that it would achieve the same success like it did with Rydell. The single first had to be drastically reworked because of lines like "They're smoochin' all over, even in St. Lou."
A song with lyrics like the original ones were ill-suited to Kiss' then leather-clad style. Kenny Kerner, one of the album producers, said about the reworking of the song: "We sat there, we all had pads and pencils, and we just went around the board. And we went, 'Alright, well... they're Kissin' in'... and somebody would go, 'Detroit'! And we'd go, 'Alright, they're kissin' in Detroit.' And that's how it went. We re-wrote the song in like twenty minutes." The band members were not thrilled with the record company's decision to record the song and later feature it on the album in July 1974, but they were pressured into doing it.
"Kissin' Time" was released three months after the initial release of the album, but was not included on the album until July 1974. Sung by Kiss members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss, the song did not achieve anywhere near the success of Rydell's original, reaching only number 83 on the US Pop Charts and 79 on US Cashbox. Despite the anemic performance of the song on the charts, Kiss climbed to a relatively high number 87 position.
"Kissin' Time" was performed for a short period while the single and promotion were active, and then the band dropped the song until 2006 Rising Sun Tour where they, to the surprise of the fans, performed it along never before played "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em". The song wasn't played ever since.