Lick It Up (song)

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"Lick It Up"
Single by Kiss
from the album Lick It Up
Released September 18, 1983 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Right Track Studios,
New York City: 1983
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Length 3:56
Label Mercury 814 671-7 (US)
Writer(s) Paul Stanley, Vinnie Vincent
Producer(s) Michael James Jackson, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons
Kiss singles chronology
"I Love It Loud" / "Danger"
"Lick It Up" / "Dance All Over Your Face"
"All Hell's Breakin' Loose" / "Young and Wasted"
Music sample

"Lick It Up" is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss. It is the title track on the group's 1983 album. Written by Paul Stanley and Vinnie Vincent, the song was released as the record's first single. The track was a top forty hit in the U.K., Switzerland, and Canada, although it stalled on the U.S. charts. A staple of the band's live performances, the song has been played over 900 times as of September 2012 due to its fan favorite status.[1]

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A video was made to promote the single. It was the first music clip to feature the band without its makeup. The video premiered on MTV on September 18, 1983 in a half-hour special hosted by J.J. Jackson. Despite the hype and promotion for the single, it stalled at #66 on the American Billboard Hot 100.[2] However, the song broke into the Top 40 in several other countries.[3]

Kiss has performed "Lick It Up" on most of its tours since the single's release. The track was featured on the group's live albums Alive III and Kiss Symphony: Alive IV. It also appears on 2001's The Box Set. As of 2012, it is the only song from the ensemble's non-makeup era that is considered a genuine fixture in nearly all of its set-lists. A few other tracks from that period have been played over the years since the band returned to wearing makeup. However, those performances have all been extremely limited.

The guitar bridge after the second iteration of the chorus was intended to be a full-fledged guitar solo, however, it is said that the solo recorded by Vinnie Vincent was not approved for the song, and he was asked by Gene Simmons to make another solo. Upset, Vincent made a bridge followed by a breakdown instead.[citation needed]

"Lick It Up" is also featured on the tv show The Sopranos and in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, on the V Rock radio station.

The live version with the symphony orchestra appeared in the video game Tony Hawk's Underground.

The Finnish singer Stig appears to have taken inspiration from the Lick It Up music video in his song Ryyppy.


  1. ^ "KISS Tour statistics - songs played total". Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Billboard singles chart history-Kiss". Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ International Chart History