I Was Made for Lovin' You
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|"I Was Made for Lovin' You"|
|Single by Kiss|
|from the album Dynasty|
|Released||May 20, 1979|
|Kiss singles chronology|
"I Was Made for Lovin' You" is a song by American hard rock band Kiss, originally released on their 1979 album Dynasty. It was released as the A-side of their first single from the album; on the B-side was "Hard Times".
The B-side of the single is the album track "Hard Times", which was written by Ace Frehley. The song was one of the band's few singles to chart in the UK in the 1970s, though only peaking at No. 50, where a 7 min 54 sec version was released on 12" single in addition to the shorter 7" version. The song has become a permanent staple in Kiss's live performances, often differing from the original version. When Eric Carr joined the band in 1980, the song was played in a significantly faster tempo, attributed to Carr's rapid drumming skills. Since the late 1980s, the song has been played with the same tempo as the studio version, but with a more rock-oriented, less disco feel. The band's performance of the song at their 30th anniversary show in Melbourne, Australia, was accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, who wore KISS-style makeup with their tuxedos. At first Desmond Child said that, "Paul wanted to write a good disco song and I decided to help him with that. Paul started to write lyrics and chords then I played the song on the guitar and said 'OK, we'll do something to improve this and make it really a good song.'"
"I Was Made for Lovin' You" draws heavily from the disco style that was popular in late-1970s United States. Paul Stanley, who co-wrote the song with Desmond Child and Vini Poncia, has stated that it was a conscious effort on his part to prove how easy it was to write and record a hit disco song.
Although Peter Criss appears in the video and on the album cover, he did not actually play on the track. As with most of the Dynasty album, session drummer Anton Fig took the place of Criss, who had been deemed unfit to play by Poncia. There is a bootleg audio recording of the writing sessions for the song in which Stanley mentions Criss' name a couple of times, indicating he was present during the arranging of the song. Stanley plays bass guitar in addition to rhythm guitar while Frehley provided the guitar solo.
"I Was Made For Lovin' You" was Kiss' first songwriting collaboration with Desmond Child, who would also write songs for the albums Animalize, Asylum, Crazy Nights, Smashes, Thrashes & Hits, and Hot in the Shade. It reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, but some Kiss fans dismissed it as a sell-out. Despite the backlash, the song has become a concert staple over the years, with a different arrangement that de-emphasizes the song's disco elements. While not as drastic as the 1979 "Radio Single Mix," the length of the song is edited by some eleven seconds down to 4 minutes and 16 seconds. Like the 1979 edit, the beginning measures of the song are reduced from four to two and the harmonizing following the guitar solo is halved.
The music video of "I Was Made for Lovin' You" was filmed on June 20, 1979 in the Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, Georgia. After the show was cancelled, it was decided to use the already completed stage to film two videos. A promotional video was shot featuring the song performed on the Dynasty stage set, consisting simply of the band performing the song. The music video on YouTube has more than 32 million views. It was not included in the "Kissology" DVD series.
The single reached No. 11 on the U.S. Billboard singles chart and No. 1 in the Canadian RPM National singles chart (the band's second chart-topping single in that country, following "Shout It Out Loud"). It further became a hit in Australia reaching No. 2 on the ARIA charts in 1979. As well, it charted in Western Europe: it became a top 20 hit in Sweden, a top 10 hit in Norway, and made it to the number 2 position in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. In the Netherlands it was a No. 1. In the UK it stalled at number 50.
Weekly singles charts
- In 1986, The Nasty Boys released a remixed dance version of this song as a single.
- In 2002, Mexican singer Paulina Rubio, released a cover version of the song as the 11th track on her 2002 crossover album titled Border Girl.
Parodies/References in other songs
Appearances in other media
- The song is featured in a scene from the 1981 film Endless Love.
- The song is also featured in a scene from the movie That's My Boy with Susan Sarandon, Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler.
- It is sung in the 2001 film Moulin Rouge!, when Satine and Christian are in the elephant.
- In the 14th season episode of The Simpsons from 2003 entitled "Pray Anything", Homer blasts the song at full volume soon after moving into the church.
- This song has been re-recorded and released as downloadable content for the 2009 game Guitar Hero 5.
- A cover version of the song was used by Costa Coffee in their 2012 UK television advert
- This song also appears on the game Just Dance 3.
- Included in DLC for the game Rocksmith 2014
- The song is featured in Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery.
- Paul Stanley - guitar, bass guitar, vocals
- Gene Simmons - backing vocals
- Ace Frehley - lead guitar
- Session members
- Anton Fig - drums
- Vini Poncia – piano, backing vocals
On Sonic Boom;
- Paul Stanley - rhythm guitar, vocals
- Gene Simmons - bass guitar, backing vocal
- Tommy Thayer - lead guitar
- Eric Singer - drums, backing vocal on chorus
- Session members
- Brian Whelan – piano
Notes and references
- Donald A. Guarisco. "I Was Made for Lovin' You review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 1 July 2013. "This careful balance of elements made "I Was Made For Lovin’ You" a surprisingly workable cross between hard rock and disco"
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- "I was made for lovin' you in French Chart" (in French). Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. You have to use the index at the top of the page and search "KISS"
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