Smashes, Thrashes & Hits

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Smashes, Thrashes & Hits
Greatest hits album by Kiss
Released November 15, 1988
Recorded 1973-1988
Genre Hard rock
Length 51:54
Language English
Label Mercury
Producer Various
Kiss chronology
Chikara
(1988)
Smashes, Thrashes
& Hits

(1988)
Greatest Kiss
(1997)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Let's Put the 'X' in Sex"
    Released: October 11, 1988
  2. "(You Make Me) Rock Hard"
    Released: March 3, 1989

Smashes, Thrashes & Hits is a greatest hits album by the American hard rock band Kiss. It was the third hits album overall but the second album released by the band in the United States (Killers was not released in the United States originally). Of the 15 songs on the album, two were new compositions and three were released after the band's unmasking in 1983. The remaining ten were all released during the band's years in makeup.

The two new songs on Smashes, Thrashes & Hits were "Let's Put The X In Sex" and "(You Make Me) Rock Hard," which feature a similar polished production style as 1987's Crazy Nights. They were both produced and co-written by guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley, and were accompanied by videos that received moderate airplay on MTV. Nearly all of the songs recorded by the band's original lineup were altered in one way or another. "Beth," was re-recorded with lead vocals by drummer Eric Carr,[1] who had replaced the original drummer Peter Criss in 1980. It was Carr's first lead vocal on a Kiss album. The cover was Designed and Art Directed by Mitchell Kanner.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]

Smashes, Thrashes & Hits was certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA on February 26, 1996.Has sold over 3 million copies, but has not been certified for that amount.[4]

In the United States Smashes is the best selling Kiss album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking record sales in 1991 with 810,000 copies sold since 2007.[5]

Track listing[edit]

North American edition
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Let's Put the X in Sex"   Paul Stanley, Desmond Child Previously unreleased 3:48
2. "(You Make Me) Rock Hard"   Stanley, Child, Diane Warren Previously unreleased 3:26
3. "Love Gun" (remix) Stanley Love Gun (1977) 3:31
4. "Detroit Rock City" (remix) Stanley, Bob Ezrin Destroyer (1976) 3:45
5. "I Love It Loud" (remix) Gene Simmons, Vinnie Vincent Creatures of the Night (1982) 3:48
6. "Deuce" (remix) Simmons Kiss (1974) 3:20
7. "Lick It Up"   Vincent, Stanley Lick It Up (1983) 3:53
8. "Heaven's on Fire"   Stanley, Child Animalize (1984) 3:19
9. "Calling Dr. Love" (remix) Simmons Rock and Roll Over (1976) 3:38
10. "Strutter" (remix) Stanley, Simmons Kiss (1974) 3:38
11. "Beth" (Eric Carr vocal) Peter Criss, Stan Penridge, Ezrin Destroyer (1976) 2:46
12. "Tears Are Falling"   Stanley Asylum (1985) 3:54
13. "I Was Made for Lovin' You"   Stanley, Child, Vini Poncia Dynasty (1979) 4:29
14. "Rock and Roll All Nite" (remix) Stanley, Simmons Dressed to Kill (1975) 2:56
15. "Shout It Out Loud" (remix) Stanley, Simmons, Ezrin Destroyer (1976) 3:07
Total length:
51:54
United Kingdom edition
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Let's Put the X In Sex"   Stanley, Child Previously unreleased 3:48
2. "Crazy Crazy Nights"   Stanley, Adam Mitchell Crazy Nights (1987) 3:45
3. "(You Make Me) Rock Hard"   Stanley, Child, Warren Previously unreleased 3:26
4. "Love Gun" (remix) Stanley Love Gun (1977) 3:31
5. "Detroit Rock City" (remix) Stanley, Ezrin Destroyer (1976) 3:45
6. "I Love It Loud" (remix) Simmons, Vincent Creatures of the Night (1982) 3:48
7. "Reason to Live"   Stanley, Child Crazy Nights (1987) 3:59
8. "Lick It Up"   Vincent, Stanley Lick It Up (1983) 3:53
9. "Heaven's On Fire"   Stanley, Child Animalize (1984) 3:19
10. "Calling Dr. Love"   Simmons Rock and Roll Over (1976) 3:38
11. "Strutter" (remix) Stanley, Simmons Kiss (1974) 3:38
12. "Beth" (Eric Carr vocal) Criss, Penridge, Ezrin Destroyer (1976) 2:46
13. "Tears Are Falling"   Stanley Asylum (1985) 3:54
14. "I Was Made for Lovin' You"   Stanley, Child, Poncia Dynasty (1979) 4:29
15. "Rock and Roll All Nite" (remix) Stanley, Simmons Dressed to Kill (1975) 2:56
16. "Shout It Out Loud" (remix) Stanley, Simmons, Ezrin Destroyer (1976) 3:07
Total length:
56:18

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Nation Chart Position
1988 United States The Billboard 200 21[6]
Australia ARIA Album Chart 38[7]

Singles

Year Single Nation Chart Position
1988 "Let's Put The X In Sex" Australia ARIA Singles Chart 49[8]
1989 United States The Billboard Hot 100 97[9]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[10] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[4] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AllMusic overview Smashes, Thrashes & Hits". Retrieved February 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ Smashes, Thrashes & Hits at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Kiss: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "American album certifications – Kiss – Smashes, Thrashes & Hits". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  5. ^ Blabbermouth.net KISS: SoundScan-Era Record Sales Revealed - Feb. 12, 2007. Retrieved December 3, 2012
  6. ^ "All Music album chart history-Kiss". Retrieved February 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ "ARIA album chart history-Kiss". Retrieved February 13, 2009. 
  8. ^ "ARIA singles chart history-Kiss". Retrieved February 13, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Billboard chart history-Kiss singles". Retrieved February 11, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Kiss – Smashes, Thrashes and Hits". Music Canada.