Gene Simmons is a 1978 solo album by Gene Simmons, the bassist and co-vocalist of the American hard rock band Kiss. It was one of four solo albums released by the members of Kiss on September 18, 1978. The album features choirs and string arrangements as well as incorporating various musical genres including Beatles-inspired pop, '70s funk, disco, rock and roll and hard rock.
Simmons re-recorded "See You in Your Dreams" because he reportedly was not happy with the way it was recorded on Rock and Roll Over. Simmons said that he covered "When You Wish Upon a Star" because he related to the song and was a fan of Disney movies. "When I first heard that song I could barely speak English but I knew the words were true. Anybody can have what they want, the world and life can give its rewards to anyone".
On the original CD release in 1988, [826 239-2] the first two songs are split wrong. The introduction that leads into Radioactive is split at the 51 second mark while the rest of Radioactive and all of Burning Up With Fever are played in the second track. However, the track listing of the cover lists the two songs as two separate tracks. The rest of the CD is split correctly. The 1997 remastered edition fixes this mistake with Radioactive and Burning Up With Fever being split as two separate tracks. The introduction played before Radioactive is left in as part of the song.
The album reached #22 on the US Billboard album chart, making it the highest-placing of all the four Kiss solos of 1978. It was certified platinum on October 2, 1978, having shipped 1,000,000 copies.Allmusic gave the album 3 stars out of 5 and called it an "unpredictable yet ultimately enjoyable release."