Christine Sixteen

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"Christine Sixteen"
Single by Kiss
from the album Love Gun
Released June 1977 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded 1977 at Record Plant Studios, New York City
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:14
Label Casablanca NB-889-AS-RE-1 (US)
Writer(s) Gene Simmons
Producer(s) Eddie Kramer, Kiss
Kiss singles chronology
"Calling Dr. Love"/"Take Me"
(1976)
"Christine Sixteen"/"Shock Me"
(1977)
"Love Gun"/"Hooligan"
(1977)

"Christine Sixteen" is a song by American hard rock band Kiss. It originally appeared on their 1977 album Love Gun. Released as a single in the US in 1977, the song peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that year,[1] and did well in Canada, peaking at #22.

Written and sung by bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, the song is about an older man with a crush on a 16-year-old girl named Christine. The song's subject and lyrics were controversial and made some hit radio stations reluctant to put it on their playlists, while others (including WABC in the band's home town of New York, and WKBW in Buffalo) only played it after 7 PM as an album cut. The song's title was originated by bandmate Paul Stanley who was planning to write a song under the title, until Simmons beat him to it.[2] Two different time lengths are printed on the single; one at 3:13, and another at 2:52. Both versions run 3:10. According to interviews in Guitar World magazine, both Eddie and Alex Van Halen played on the original demos.

The song was sampled by Tone Lōc in his 1989 song "Funky Cold Medina". The song was covered by the Gin Blossoms on the 1994 Kiss tribute album Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved and by All on Hard to Believe: Kiss Covers Compilation. The song was also covered by punk/goth band The Nuns on their 2003 album New York Vampires.

Credited personnel[edit]

On Love Gun;

Uncredited personnel[edit]

  • Gene Simmons - rhythm guitar


On Sonic Boom;

Uncredited personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AllMusic Billboard singles". Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  2. ^ Leaf, David and Ken Sharp. KISS: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography, Warner Books, 2003. ISBN 0-446-53073-5
  3. ^ [Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002]
  4. ^ http://50.6.195.142/archives/70s_files/19770827.html
  5. ^ "Top 200 Singles of '77 – Volume 28, No. 11, December 31 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.