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[1]
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 studio 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 features one of their best known songs, "Black No. 1", which although never released as a single earned the band a considerable cult following. The album further established recurring motifs of the band's music, such as including cover songs recorded in the gothic metal style (in this case the Seals and Crofts song "Summer Breeze"), sample-heavy soundscapes in between songs, and lyrics replete with dry, satirical humour.

Bloody Kisses is notable for being the first album released on Roadrunner Records to achieve gold and platinum certification.[2]

Music and Lyrics[edit]

Considered a standout album in the gothic metal genre,[3] Bloody Kisses is "saturated with complex patterns of sound" with content featuring sexual symbolism and humor.[4]

Bloody Kisses features a cover of Seals & Crofts' song "Summer Breeze".[3] 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.[5] 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')".[6] "Black No. 1" is "a sarcastic ode to goth girls (the title coming from a hair dye tone) based on a narcissistic ex-girlfriend of singer Peter Steele".[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Metal Hammer(9/10)[citation needed]
Record Collector3/5 stars[9]
Rock Hard (de)10/10[10]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[8]

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".[3] Rock Hard gave the album a 10 out of 10 rating.[10]

Accolades[edit]

In 2005, Bloody Kisses was ranked number 365 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[11] Loudwire called Bloody Kisses their best album of 1993[12] in addition to ranking it #42 on their Top 90 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Albums of the 90s. [13] Rolling Stone placed Bloody Kisses at #53 on their Top 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time list citing memorable songs such as "Christian Woman", "Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)", their cover version of Seals & Crofts' hit song "Summer Breeze", and "Black No. 1"; the latter of which was cited by author J.D. Considine as the band's signature song.[14]

Track listing[edit]

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

Original release
No.TitleLength
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)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.TitleLength
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 re-ordering 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 "?".

"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.TitleLength
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.TitleLength
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]

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • The Bensonhoist Lesbian Choir (actually the band members themselves) – backing vocals
  • Bonnie Weiss, Karen Rose, Debbie Alter, Chris Zamp, Alan Robert, Joey Zampella, Keith Caputo, Mike Palmeri - backing vocals
  • Paul Bento – sitar, tamboura
  • Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra - orchestral arrangements

Production[edit]

  • George Marino - mastering
  • John Wadsworth - photography
  • Jeff Kitts - portrait photography

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1993 German Album Charts[15] 60
1995 The Billboard 200 166

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE BEST METAL ALBUMS FROM 40 SUBGENRES". Loudwire. Retrieved 2018-01-15. 
  2. ^ https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=default-award&se=Type+o+negative#search_section
  3. ^ a b c d Huey, Steve. "Bloody Kisses - Type O Negative". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 1,113. ISBN 9781843531050. 
  5. ^ Kennelty, Greg (August 29, 2016). "Type O Negative's 1993 Demos For Bloody Kisses Have Surfaced". Metal Injection. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Type O Negative - "Bloody Kisses"". Decibel. June 14, 2010. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ Ladouceur, Liisa (2011). Encyclopedia Gothica. ECW Press. p. 23. ISBN 9781770410244. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Tye O Negative - Bloody Kisses CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Albrecht, Frank. "Type O Negative: Bloody Kisses". issue 76. Rock Hard. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  11. ^ [...], 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. 
  12. ^ "1993: Type O Negative, 'Bloody Kisses'". Loudwire. Retrieved 2017-11-15. 
  13. ^ "42. Type O Negative, 'Bloody Kisses'". Loudwire. Retrieved 2017-11-15. 
  14. ^ "The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time: 53. Type O Negative, 'Bloody Kisses' (1993)". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-11-15. 
  15. ^ "charts.de". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 

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