Nothin' to Lose (Kiss song)

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"Nothin' to Lose"
Single by Kiss
from the album Kiss
B-side "Love Theme from KISS"
Released February 18, 1974 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Bell Sound Studios,
New York City: 1973
Genre Hard rock, glam rock
Length 3:26
Label Casablanca/Warner Bros. NB-0004 (US)
Writer(s) Gene Simmons
Producer(s) Kenny Kerner & Richie Wise
Kiss singles chronology
"Nothin' to Lose" / "Love Theme from KISS"
(1974)
"Kissin' Time" / "Nothin' to Lose"
(1974)
Kiss track listing
  1. "Strutter"
  2. "Nothin' to Lose"
  3. "Firehouse"
  4. "Cold Gin"
  5. "Let Me Know"
  6. "Kissin' Time"
  7. "Deuce"
  8. "Love Theme from KISS"
  9. "100,000 Years"
  10. "Black Diamond"

"Nothin' to Lose" is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss, released on their self-titled debut album in 1974. It is the first single the band had ever released and the first single off the album, with "Love Theme from KISS" as the B-side. Although the song has failed to chart, it has remained a concert staple during the '70s and was featured on many live albums and compilations.

Background[edit]

Gene Simmons, the sole writer of the song, admitted that the song is about anal sex as it chronicles the singer coercing his girlfriend into trying anal sex, and her subsequent enjoyment of it.[1] Gene Simmons and Peter Criss share the lead vocals on the song.

The song is most notable for being the first Kiss song to feature an extra player, as Bruce Foster played piano on the track. His contribution was noted on the sleeve of the album. "Nothin' to Lose" was one of first songs Kiss performed on their first national appearances, on ABC's Dick Clark's In Concert on February 19 (the show aired on March 29). Other songs performed on the show were "Firehouse" and "Black Diamond".

Live performances[edit]

"Nothin' to Lose" was played often during the '70s, but largely ignored during the '80s. In the '90s, the band performed the song at the Kiss Convention (one time with Peter Criss) and MTV Unplugged, and during the Psycho Circus show in Los Angeles.

Appearances[edit]

"Nothin' to Lose" has appeared on following Kiss albums:

Other appearances:

Track listing[edit]

  • A-side - "Nothin' to Lose"
  • B-side - "Love Theme from KISS"

Personnel[edit]

Kiss[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nothin' to Lose info". Retrieved July 3, 2011. 

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