Bloody Kisses

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Bloody Kisses
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Studio album by Type O Negative
Released August 17, 1993
Recorded Systems Two, Brooklyn
Genre Gothic metal, doom metal
Length 73:17
Label Roadrunner
Producer Peter Steele, Josh Silver
Type O Negative chronology
The Origin of the Feces
(1992)
Bloody Kisses
(1993)
October Rust
(1996)
Singles from Bloody Kisses
  1. "Black No.1 (Little Miss Scare-All)"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Christian Woman"
    Released: 1993
  3. "Summer Breeze"
    Released: 1994

Bloody Kisses is the third album by the American band Type O Negative. It is also the last recording to feature the band's original line-up, as drummer Sal Abruscato would leave Type O Negative in late 1993. The album further established Type O Negative motifs, such as including cover songs restylized into gloomy gothic metal, sample-heavy soundscapes in between songs, and dry, satirical humor. This album includes a cover of the Seals and Crofts song "Summer Breeze".

Bloody Kisses was the first album on Roadrunner Records to achieve gold and platinum certification.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Considered a goth metal album,[1] Bloody Kisses is "saturated with complex patterns of sound" with content featuring sexual symbolism and humor.[2]

Bloody Kisses features a cover of Seals & Crofts' song "Summer Breeze".[1] Originally, Type O Negative's version was going to be called "Summer Girl" with different lyrics, but made a normal cover after Seals & Crofts found the lyrics to "Summer Girl" distasteful.[3] According to Decibel, Bloody Kisses "featured infectious doom-pop epics ('Black No. 1,' 'Christian Woman'), sarcastic hardcore screeds ('Kill All the White People,' 'We Hate Everyone')," and "bizarre noise interludes ('Fay Wray Come Out and Play,' 'Dark Side of the Womb,' '3.0.I.F')".[4] "Black No. 1" is "a sarcastic ode to goth girls based on a narcissistic ex-girlfriend of singer Peter Steele".[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Metal Hammer (9/10)
Record Collector 3/5 stars[7]
Rock Hard (de) 10/10[8]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[6]

Bloody Kisses received mostly positive reviews. Steve Huey of AllMusic gave the album a 4.5 out of 5 and wrote that "though it sounds like a funeral, Bloody Kisses' airy melodicism and '90s-style irony actually breathed new life into the flagging goth metal genre".[1] Rock Hard gave the album a 10 out of 10 rating.[8]

In 2005, Bloody Kisses was ranked number 365 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics and music are by Peter Steele unless otherwise noted.

Original release
No. Title Length
1. "Machine Screw" 0:39
2. "Christian Woman" 8:57
3. "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" 11:14
4. "Fay Wray Come Out and Play" 1:02
5. "Kill All the White People" 3:23
6. "Summer Breeze" (Jim Seals, Dash Crofts; originally by Seals and Crofts) 4:49
7. "Set Me on Fire" 3:29
8. "Dark Side of the Womb" 0:27
9. "We Hate Everyone" 6:50
10. "Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)" 10:55
11. "3.0.I.F." 2:05
12. "Too Late: Frozen" 7:50
13. "Blood & Fire" 5:32
14. "Can't Lose You" 6:05

Digipak re-release[edit]

A digipak version was later released that removed two tracks, the intro and the interludes (at the band's request) and added one new song.

No. Title Length
1. "Christian Woman" 8:54
2. "Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)" 10:56
3. "Too Late: Frozen" 7:51
4. "Blood & Fire" 5:33
5. "Can't Lose You" 6:06
6. "Summer Breeze" (Seals, Crofts) 4:49
7. "Set Me on Fire" 3:30
8. "Suspended in Dusk" 8:37
9. "Black No.1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" 11:16

This version contains an amended booklet that reflects the reorder of the tracks. The lyric sheet prints parody lyrics for "Summer Breeze" such as "Kenny Hickey lying on the sidewalk, Devil music from the house next door". The recorded song is unchanged.

This version of the song, originally titled "Summer Girl", was recorded but remains unreleased, though it has circulated on the Internet and appears on a promotional release for Bloody Kisses simply titled "?". This is reportedly due to Seals and Crofts finding the lyric change distasteful.

"Top Shelf" edition (2009 re-release)[edit]

Roadrunner Records re-released Bloody Kisses on May 5, 2009, with a bonus CD of rarities and B-sides.

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "Machine Screw" 0:39
2. "Christian Woman" 8:57
3. "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" 11:14
4. "Fay Wray Come Out and Play" 1:02
5. "Kill All the White People" 3:23
6. "Summer Breeze" 4:49
7. "Set Me on Fire" 3:29
8. "Dark Side of the Womb" 0:27
9. "We Hate Everyone" 6:50
10. "Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)" 10:55
11. "3.0.I.F." 2:05
12. "Too Late: Frozen" 7:50
13. "Blood & Fire" 5:32
14. "Can't Lose You" 6:05
Disc two
No. Title Length
1. "Suspended in Dusk" 8:45
2. "Black Sabbath" (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward) 7:56
3. "Black Sabbath (From the Satanic Perspective)" (Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward, Steele) 7:53
4. "Christian Woman" (Edit) 4:33
5. "Christian Woman" (Butt-Kissing, sell-out version) 4:33
6. "Black No.1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" (Edit) 4:44
7. "Blood & Fire" (Out of the Ashes mix) 4:42
8. "Summer Breeze" (Rick Rubin Mix) 5:02

Credits[edit]

  • Peter Steele – lead vocals, bass guitar
  • Josh Silver – keyboard, synthesizer, effects, programming, backing vocals
  • Kenny Hickey – guitars, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on "Black No.1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" and "We Hate Everyone"
  • Sal Abruscato – drums, percussion

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1993 German Album Charts[10] 60
1995 The Billboard 200 166

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Huey, Steve. "Bloody Kisses - Type O Negative". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 1,113. ISBN 9781843531050. 
  3. ^ Kennelty, Greg (August 29, 2016). "Type O Negative's 1993 Demos For Bloody Kisses Have Surfaced". Metal Injection. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Type O Negative - "Bloody Kisses"". Decibel. June 14, 2010. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ Ladouceur, Liisa (2011). Encyclopedia Gothica. ECW Press. p. 23. ISBN 9781770410244. 
  6. ^ Szabo, Julia (23 February 1995). "Type O Negative: Bloody Kisses : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 21 October 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tye O Negative - Bloody Kisses CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Albrecht, Frank. "Type O Negative: Bloody Kisses". issue 76. Rock Hard. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  9. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 64. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  10. ^ "charts.de". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 

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