Hot in the Shade

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Hot in the Shade
Hot in the shade cover.jpg
Studio album by Kiss
Released October 17, 1989
Recorded July - August 1989
Studio The Fortress, Hollywood, California
Genre Hard rock[1][2]
Length 58:39
Label Mercury
Vertigo (Europe)
Producer Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley
Kiss chronology
Crazy Nights
Hot in the Shade
Singles from Hot in the Shade
  1. "Hide Your Heart"
    Released: October 17, 1989
  2. "Forever"
    Released: January 5, 1990
  3. "Rise to It"
    Released: April 1, 1990

Hot in the Shade is the 15th studio album by Kiss, released in 1989. It is the first Kiss full studio album since 1981's Music from "The Elder" to feature lead vocals from someone other than Paul Stanley or Gene Simmons, with drummer Eric Carr singing lead on "Little Caesar". It is also the final Kiss album to feature Carr in its entirety before his death in November 1991.

Album information[edit]

Hot in the Shade contains the most songs of any Kiss studio album with 15. The album is one of the band's longest, with a running time of nearly an hour (58:39). Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley appeared in Kiss make-up for the first time since their 1983 unmasking for the video for "Rise to It". Although the scene with Simmons and Stanley in make-up took place in 1975, the costumes they used were historically inaccurate; Simmons' was from the Unmasked (1980) era while Stanley's was from Love Gun (1977). The album showcases a more heavy rock sound after the keyboard-centered pop rock in Crazy Nights and even flirts with speed metal in Boomerang. Little Caesar wasn't the first Kiss song to feature Eric Carr on lead vocals; for the previous year's compilation album, Smashes, Thrashes & Hits, he had re-recorded the lead vocals to "Beth", the 1976 hit originally sung by Peter Criss.[3]

Tommy Thayer, who co-wrote "Betrayed" and "The Street Giveth And The Street Taketh Away", became Kiss' permanent lead guitarist in 2002, replacing Ace Frehley as "The Spaceman". Of the 15 tracks on the album, only five were performed live. "Forever", co-written by Michael Bolton, was a pop hit and became a semi-regular part of the live setlist, but nothing else from the album has been played live after the 1990 tour.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 2.5/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[6]
Vista Records 3/5 stars[7]
Metal Nightfall 3/5 stars[8]

Hot in the Shade was certified Gold on December 20, 1989 by the RIAA.[9]However, the album has sold over 800,000 copies since its release.

Its most successful single, "Forever" reached #8 on the Billboard charts, the band's highest charting single in the US since "Beth", 13 years earlier.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocals Length
1. "Rise to It"   Paul Stanley, Bob Halligan, Jr Stanley 4:08
2. "Betrayed"   Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer Simmons 3:38
3. "Hide Your Heart"   Stanley, Desmond Child, Holly Knight Stanley 4:25
4. "Prisoner of Love"   Simmons, Bruce Kulick Simmons 3:52
5. "Read My Body"   Stanley, Halligan Stanley 3:50
6. "Love's a Slap in the Face"   Simmons, Vini Poncia Simmons 4:04
7. "Forever"   Stanley, Michael Bolton Stanley 3:52
8. "Silver Spoon"   Stanley, Poncia Stanley 4:38
9. "Cadillac Dreams"   Simmons, Poncia Simmons 3:44
10. "King of Hearts"   Stanley, Poncia Stanley 4:26
11. "The Street Giveth and the Street Taketh Away"   Simmons, Thayer Simmons 3:34
12. "You Love Me to Hate You"   Stanley, Child Stanley 4:00
13. "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell"   Simmons, Poncia Simmons 3:52
14. "Little Caesar"   Eric Carr, Simmons, Adam Mitchell Carr 3:12
15. "Boomerang"   Simmons, Kulick Simmons 3:30



Additional musicians[edit]




Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[20] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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