Shout It Out Loud (Kiss song)

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"Shout It Out Loud"
Single by Kiss
from the album Destroyer
Released March 1, 1976 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Record Plant Studios,
New York City: 1976
Genre Hard rock, glam rock
Length 2:38
Label Casablanca NB-854A (US)
Writer(s) Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Bob Ezrin
Producer(s) Bob Ezrin
Kiss singles chronology
"Rock and Roll All Nite (live)"
(1975)
"Shout It Out Loud" / "Sweet Pain"
(1976)
"Flaming Youth" / "God of Thunder"
(1976)
"Shout It Out Loud (live)"
Single by Kiss
from the album Alive II
Released January, 1978 (US)
Format 7"
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:15
Label Casablanca NB-906 (US)
Writer(s) Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Bob Ezrin
Producer(s) Eddie Kramer
Kiss singles chronology
"Love Gun" / "I Stole Your Love"
(1977)
"Shout It Out Loud (Live)" / "Nothin' to Lose (Live)"
(1977)
"Rocket Ride (Edit)" / "Tomorrow and Tonight (live)"
(1978)

"Shout It Out Loud" is a song by the American hard rock group Kiss originally released on their 1976 album, Destroyer. It was released as the lead single off the album, and it proved to be successful, breaking the Top-40, the second Kiss single to achieve that. Also, it is the band's first single to top the charts, as it was number 1 hit in Canada on May 22, 1976.[1] The song was performed on almost every tour for many years, and is one of the most played songs in the Kiss catalog, having been played over one thousand and four hundred times as of June 2014.[2]

Overview[edit]

The title of the song was taken from British beat group The Hollies' song "We Want to Shout It Out Loud",[3] which Wicked Lester (pre-Kiss) recorded for the unreleased album. The song was edited several times for singles and compilation albums. The single version of the song is 12 seconds shorter than the studio due to the last "Shout it, shout it, shout it out loud" line being excluded.[4] The Alive II single, which was described by Billboard magazine as a "raucous rocker" that "catches the excitement and energy of the live show,"[5] is 23 seconds shorter than the album song due to the removal of audience chant "We want Kiss".[6] The Killers version is the shortest with the duration of 2:35 as a result of the fade-out of the song starting during the first repetition of the "Shout it, shout it, shout it out loud" lyric following Gene Simmons' "Oh yeah".[7] The version found on Smashes, Thrashes & Hits is 16 seconds longer, as the chorus repeats and the song ends with "Shout it!".[8]

Released as a single in 1976, the band and their record company, Casablanca Records, were trying to cash in on the success of their previous single, the live version of "Rock and Roll All Nite", by releasing another anthem. While the song would break into the American Billboard Top 40, peaking at #31, it would prove to not be as successful as its predecessor was but would remain in the band's concert set lists for almost every tour from that point on. In Canada, the single was far more successful, reaching #1 on the RPM national singles chart on May 22, 1976.[1] The song is also one of few to be sung by both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. A music video was made for the live version of the song from the 1996 concert on Tiger Stadium, from the Alive/Worldwide Tour. It was directed by Wayne Isham.

Legacy[edit]

The song was performed on almost every tour since its release, being dropped for Lick It Up Tour, Animalize Tour and Asylum Tour.[2] It was listed as the 27th single of '76 in Canada.[9] A 2007 re-recording of the song by the band is featured on the music/rhythm video game Guitar Hero 5. The song is featured in the movie Detroit Rock City and appears on the soundtrack for the movie.[10] The cast of Glee covered the song in the episode "Theatricality". The male part of the group (excluding Kurt Hummel) were also dressed as Kiss members.[11] The song was also featured in a What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "A Scooby-Doo Halloween".[12]

The song was covered several times. In 1978 by James Last,[13] in 1998 by Pretty Boy Floyd[14] and Zeke.[15] The all-female band Crucified Barbara covered the song in 2006[16] and Stryper released a cover of the song on their 2011 cover album The Covering.[17] Erik Grönwall, the 2009 winner of the Swedish Idol covered the song on his eponymous debut album.[18] While it was not released as a single, the song charted on Sverigetopplistan, reaching number 49.[19] Grönwall also performed the song on Swedish Idol.[20] Lemmy's cover appears on Kiss tribute album Spin the Bottle: an All-Star Tribute to Kiss,[21] Keri Kelli's cover appears on Lick It Up – A Millennium Tribute to Kiss tribute album,[22] while Sack Trick with Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson covered the song for the Sheep in KISS Make Up album.[23]

Appearances[edit]

"Shout It Out Loud" has appeared on following Kiss albums:

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c RPM100 Singles chart history - May 22, 1976. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "KISS Tour statistics - songs played total". setlist.fm. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ Guarisco, Donald A. Kiss > Destroyer > Shout It Out Loud. Allmusic. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  4. ^ Destroyer Album - Shout It Out Loud. Kissfaq.com. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  5. ^ Billboard Billboard magazine - December 17, 1977. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  6. ^ Alive 2 Album - Shout It Out Loud. Kissfaq.com. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  7. ^ Killers Album - Shout It Out Loud. Kissfaq.com. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  8. ^ Smashes Album - Shout It Out Loud 88 Remix. Kissfaq.com. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  9. ^ a b RPM100 Top 200 singles of '76. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  10. ^ Detroit Rock City Original Soundtrack. Allmusic. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  11. ^ Behind the Glee: Theatricality. YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  12. ^ A Scooby-Doo Halloween soundtrack. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  13. ^ Non Stop Dancing '78. grandorchestras.com. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  14. ^ Pretty Boy Floyd - Shout It Out Loud. YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  15. ^ Zeke - Shout It Out Loud. YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  16. ^ Crucified Barbara - Shout It Out Loud. YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  17. ^ Stryper - Shout It Out Loud. YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  18. ^ Erik Grönwall - Shout It Out Loud. YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  19. ^ a b Sverigetopplistan Albums and singles chart history - Erik Grönwall. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  20. ^ Swedish Idol: Erik Grönwall - Shout It Out Loud. YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  21. ^ Lemmy - Shout It Out Loud. YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  22. ^ Allmusic Various Artists > Lick It Up – A Millennium Tribute to Kiss > Track listing. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  23. ^ Allmusic Sack Trick > Sheep in KISS Make Up > Track listing. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  24. ^ Allmusic Billboard singles - Kiss. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  25. ^ Sverigetopplistan Albums and singles chart history - Kiss January 6, 2012.
  26. ^ RIANZ Albums and singles chart history - Kiss. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  27. ^ ARIA Charts Albums and singles chart history - Kiss. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  28. ^ Media Control Charts Albums and singles chart history - Kiss January 6, 2012.
  29. ^ Billboard Billboard magazine - February 11, 1978. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  30. ^ RPM100 Singles chart history - February 18, 1978. Retrieved January 6, 2012.

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