God Gave Rock and Roll to You

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"God Gave Rock and Roll to You"
Single by Argent
from the album In Deep
B-side "Christmas for the Free"
Released 1973 (1973)
Recorded 1971
Genre Rock, progressive rock
Length 6:45
Writer(s) Russ Ballard
Producer(s) Rod Argent, Chris White

"God Gave Rock and Roll to You" is a 1973 song by the British band Argent and covered by both Petra, in 1977 and 1984, and Kiss in 1991, both with modified lyrics.

Versions[edit]

Argent recorded the song in 1971 during the sessions for their album All Together Now, but it originally did not appear as an album track until 1973's In Deep, and was released as a successful single at that time. The 1997 CD re-release of All Together Now has the track included as a bonus. The original lyrics include a reference to British pop singer Cliff Richard, known for his Christianity.

The Christian rock band Petra first released a cover version of the song in their 1977 album Come and Join Us.[1] This version had modified lyrics in the verses from the Argent original, while the chorus remained largely unchanged. Petra then re-recorded and released a somewhat updated version for their 1984 album Beat the System.

In 1989, the British band the Truth released a version.[citation needed]

In 1991, the song was notably covered by Kiss under the title "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II". This version's lyrics and arrangement more closely followed the Petra version of the song. It was released for the film Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.[1]

The song has also been covered by Bride featuring rap group DOC[2][3][4] and by Midtown.[citation needed] Unrest remade the song as "God Gave Rock & Roll To You III" for their 1992 Bavarian Mods EP.[5]

Kiss version[edit]

"God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II"
KISS ggr&rtyII single cover.jpg
Single by Kiss
from the album Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey: Music from the Motion Picture and Revenge
Released August 22, 1991 (1991-08-22)
Format CD single
Recorded 1991
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 5:18
Label Interscope 7567 96275-2 (Europe)
Writer(s) Russ Ballard, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Bob Ezrin
Producer(s) Bob Ezrin
Kiss singles chronology
"Rise to It" / "Silver Spoon"
(1990)
"God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II" / "Junior's Gone Wild" (performed by King's X)
(1991)
"Unholy" / "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II"
(1992)

"God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II" is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss. Kiss first released it as a single in 1991, featured on the soundtrack to the movie Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, and was later included on Kiss' 1992 album Revenge.

Though the song covered the Argent 1973 song "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" it had substantially modified lyrics in the verses, thus the reason behind the slight change in the name of the song. It is one of the few songs from Kiss's non-makeup era to be played live since the band returned to makeup.

Line-up[edit]

It was the last Kiss song to feature longtime drummer Eric Carr before his death in 1991. Although he was too ill to play drums on the track, he is featured on backing vocals during the a cappella break, singing the repeated line "...to everyone, he gave a song to be sung", as well as performing drums during the video for the song.

The single was also the first to feature Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley sharing lead vocals since "I" from 1981's Music from "The Elder".

Video[edit]

The video was filmed in Los Angeles, California in July 1991 and was directed by Mark Rezyka. It features the band playing in a room with flashbacks of Simmons and Stanley and their old bandmates Peter Criss and Ace Frehley during the make-up era of Kiss's heyday. There were no prominent clips of Carr during the make-up years featured in the video, even though he was a part of that era for three-and-a-half-years. During the Kissology Volume Two: 1978-1991 special aired on VH1 classic, Gene Simmons has stated that, "It's not just a cover song for a soundtrack, but a testament to Eric Carr, and I think a lot of people don't realize that."

Chart performance[edit]

The song proved to be a big hit for the band in many parts of the world, including making the Top Ten in the United Kingdom and Germany.[6] It reached number 21[7] on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the US, as well as its video receiving heavy rotation on music television channels.

Versions[edit]

The version released as a single and on the soundtrack to Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey differs slightly from that played in the film. In the film, a 40-second guitar solo is played by Steve Vai.[8][9] It was later included on Steve Vai's album The Elusive Light and Sound, Vol. 1 under the title "Final Solo".

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 693. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  2. ^ "Bride – God Gave Rock And Roll To You". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Bride Discography". www.bridepub.com. Retrieved 2016-09-25. Videos: 1993 God Gave Rock-n-Roll to You 
  4. ^ y2daddy (2012-10-28), Bride with D O C God Gave Rock & Roll To You, retrieved 2016-09-25 
  5. ^ "Unrest (2) – Bavarian Mods And Other Hits at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Retrochart for January 1992". everyHit.com. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  7. ^ "Billboard singles chart history-Kiss". Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  8. ^ MusicFan5152 (2008-12-19). "Kiss – God Gave Rock And Roll To You". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  9. ^ Ridfaderz (2007-09-29). "God Gave Rock N Roll To You". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-12-05.