Shandi (song)

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"Shandi"
Single by Kiss
from the album Unmasked
Released 1980 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded The Record Plant,
New York City: 1980
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:36
Label Casablanca NB-2282 AS (US)
Writer(s) Paul Stanley, Vini Poncia
Producer(s) Vini Poncia
Kiss singles chronology
"Sure Know Something"/"Dirty Livin'"
(1979)
"Shandi"/"She's So European"
(1980)
"Talk to Me"/"Naked City"
(1980)

"Shandi" is a hit single by American hard rock band Kiss. Released on their 1980 album, Unmasked, the song was popular in Australia, where it reached number five on the Australian charts.[1] The song would prove to be a hit in other countries as well, making the top ten in three other countries. Shandi peaked at number 47 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart.[2]

Written by vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley and producer Vini Poncia, the song was inspired by the Hollies cover of the Bruce Springsteen song "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)".[3]

A promotional video was made for the song, which proved to be the final appearance of Peter Criss with the band before he left to pursue a solo career in 1980. Although all four original band members appear in the video, only Paul Stanley was involved in the recording of the track. Session drummer Anton Fig plays drums, Kiss roadie Tom Harper plays bass and professional songwriter Holly Knight plays keyboards, while Stanley sings lead and plays all guitars. Vini Poncia provided backing vocals to the track.

The song is performed solo by Paul Stanley on guitar when the band is touring in Australia and New Zealand. The song was also played by Kiss with the Melbourne Symphony Ensemble for the Kiss Symphony: Alive IV performance and subsequent album in 2003.

Chart performance[edit]

Country (1980) Peak
position
Australia 5
Canada 70
Germany 28
The Netherlands 24
New Zealand 6
Norway 4
United States 47

References[edit]

  1. ^ International Chart History
  2. ^ "Shandi" Billboard Hot 100 Chart Position
  3. ^ Leaf, David and Ken Sharp. KISS: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography, Warner Books, 2003. ISBN 0-446-53073-5