She (Kiss song)
|Song by Kiss from the album Dressed to Kill|
|Released||March 19, 1975|
|Recorded||Electric Lady Studios,
New York City
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Writer||Gene Simmons, Stephen Coronel|
|Producer||Neil Bogart & Kiss|
|Dressed to Kill track listing|
"She" is a song by American hard rock group Kiss. It was released on the band's third studio album Dressed to Kill in 1975. The song was written by Gene Simmons and Stephen Coronel while Simmons was in a band called Bullfrog Bheer. Although released in 1975, Kiss performed "She" on previous tours, but removed from the setlist during the 1980s and the 1990s.
The originator of the song is Stephen Coronel with Gene Simmons contributing the words and lyrics at an evenings rehearsal with Wicked Lester. The song was originally called "She Walks By Moonlight" because of a line in a movie Hondo where, as Simmons said:
"'I want your daughter.' [The chief said:] 'You may not have my daughter.' [The cowboy said:] 'Why not?' [The chief said:] 'She walks by moonlight.' And that's the first line of the song. I didn't even know what it meant, I just loved the sound of it."
The line "she's no good" was changed to "she's so good". The Wicked Lester's version of the song length is 3:07, while the Dressed to Kill version is 4:08 long. Also, Kiss version lacks the congas and flute. Congas were played by session musician Jimmy Maelen.
Ace Frehley's solo in the song is based on Robby Krieger's solo in The Doors' song "Five to One", it starts in the same key and tempo; and is self-admittedly "copied" by Mike McCready of Pearl Jam on their song "Alive".
"She" is one of only three Kiss songs taken from Wicked Lester existence, with others being the Hotter Than Hell's "Goin' Blind" and the other one Dressed to Kill's "Love Her All I Can". "She" and "Love Her All I Can" were intended to be on Hotter Than Hell album, but the band already had enough material for the album.
Although not released officially until 1975, Kiss played "She" on previous tours. Wicked Lester also performed the song since the band originally recorded the song. The song would not be performed during the 1980s and the 1990s. The band did play the song on Halloween night in 1998 at Dodger Stadium. The band would return the song to the setlist for the Rock the Nation Tour, which was the first time since the 1975 Alive! Tour. It was performed again in the Alive 35 world tour.
"She" appears on following Kiss albums:
- Dressed to Kill - studio version
- Alive! - live version
- The Originals - studio version
- Double Platinum - studio version with "Rock Bottom" intro
- The Box Set - Wicked Lester version
- Gold - studio version
- Kiss Chronicles: 3 Classic Albums - studio version
- Kiss Alive! 1975–2000 - Alive! version
- S.G.M. covered the song in 1988
- Anthrax cover appears on the first official Kiss tribute album Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved, released in 1994. The cover is more similar to the Alive! version of the song than the studio, as on the Alive! version Kiss played the coda of "Let Me Know", just like Anthrax did on the cover
- Unmasked cover is featured on the Norwegian 2005 Kiss tribute album Gods of Thunder: A Norwegian Tribute to Kiss
- Snowblynd's version appears on the Lick It Up – A Millennium Tribute to Kiss 2008 tribute album
- Ron Leejack, former Wicked Lester lead guitarist covered "She" on his two track demo-tape Wicked
- Still Wicked, project consisting of Ace Frehley's friend Gordon Gebert and former Wicked Lester lead guitarist Ron Leejack covered the song on the band's 1998 EP Something Wicked This Way Comes
- Gene Simmons - bass guitar, lead vocals
- Paul Stanley - rhythm guitar, lead vocals
- Peter Criss - drums, backing vocals
- Ace Frehley - lead guitar
- "She history". Retrieved April 9, 2011.
- Gilbert, Jeff. "Prime Cuts: Mike McCready - The Best of Pearl Jam!". Guitar School. May 1995.
- "She cover versions". Retrieved April 9, 2011.