Kiss You All Over

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"Kiss You All Over"
Single by Exile
from the album Mixed Emotions
B-side
  • "Don't Do It" (US)
  • "There's Been a Change" (UK)
Released1978 (1978)
Genre
Length4:57
LabelWarner/Curb Records (US)
RAK Records (UK)
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Mike Chapman
Exile singles chronology
"Try It On"
(1976)
"Kiss You All Over"
(1978)
"Never Gonna Stop"
(1978)

"Kiss You All Over" is a 1978 song performed by American group Exile, written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. It was included on the band's third album, Mixed Emotions (1978), and featured lead vocalist Jimmy Stokley and guitarist J.P. Pennington on vocals. On the American Top 40 broadcast of May 26, 1979, Casey Kasem reported that Chapman stated his source of inspiration for "Kiss You All Over" was "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me" by Barry White. The song was a number one single in the United States, but proved to be Exile's only big hit in the pop market (they would later have great success on the country music charts).

It held the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks (starting September 30),[3] and Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1978. The track also reached number-one in at least three other countries. In the United Kingdom, the song was released on Mickie Most's RAK Records, and peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart.[4] The strings are played with a synthesizer in a backing track. In 2010, Billboard ranked the song tenth on its list of "The 50 Sexiest Songs of All Time".[3]

Lead vocalist on the number, Stokley was ousted from the band in 1979, his health declining thereafter until he died at the age of 41 in 1985. After the success of "Kiss You All Over", soft rock singles from the albums Mixed Emotions and All There Is had lower chart positions, in comparison.

The band moved into country music in the 1980s, after their own composed pop singles, despite failing, would become hits for other acts such as Alabama and Huey Lewis and The News. The music change worked for Exile, as they would have over ten #1 hits in the U.S. Country market.

Charts[edit]

Broadway version[edit]

"Kiss You All Over"
Song by Broadway
from the album Magic Man
B-side"Love Bandit"
Length3:48
LabelHilltak HT 7802
Songwriter(s)Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn
Producer(s)Willie Henderson

Disco band Broadway recorded their version. The single backed with "Love Bandit" was released on Hilltak 7802, and distributed by Atlantic Records.[33] It was also issued in a 12" format.[34] Music magazine called it "The inevitable disco version".[35]

It had a three week run with the song on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart, peaking at #92 on December 16, 1978.[36][37]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
US Hot Soul Singles (Billboard)[38][39] 92

No Mercy version[edit]

"Kiss You All Over"
Single by No Mercy
Released1997 (1997)
GenreEuropop
Length4:36
LabelMCI, BMG, Arista
Songwriter(s)Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn
Producer(s)Johnny Vicious, Darrin "Spike" Friedman
No Mercy singles chronology
"Please Don't Go"
(1997)
"Kiss You All Over"
(1997)
"Hello How Are You"
(1998)
Music video
"Kiss You All Over" on YouTube

German Eurodance trio No Mercy's 1997 remixed version by Johnny Vicious and Darrin "Spike" Friedman reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.[40] It also reached number 16 on the UK Singles Chart and number 47 in Australia.

Critical reception[edit]

Larry Flick from Billboard wrote that "there's no denying that No Mercy's eponymous album is several notches above standard dance/pop fare—as evidenced by this Latin-spiced rendition of Exile's '70s-era hit." He noted that "the song's hook thrives within FMP's arrangement of swirling house beats and flamenco guitars." He also added "factor in the act's sweet harmonies".[41] The magazine's Paul Verna viewed it as an "giddy rendition".[42] Diana Valois from The Morning Call picked "Kiss You All Over" as the "second best cut" of the album, describing it as "a full-blown flamenco exotica cover".[43] Pan-European magazine Music & Media constated that "this highly successful trio has given this song a poppy-flamenco treatment that is likely to mean it will chart all over the place once again, something that proves that good songs last a long while."[44] A reviewer from Music Week rated the song four out of five, concluding, "A third huge hit for the boys."[45]

Tracklisting[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Kiss You All Over" (Radio Edit) - 4:31
  2. "Kiss You All Over" (Club Mix) - 5:53
  3. "Bonita" (Radio Edit) - 3:54
  4. "Bonita" (Club Mix) - 7:08

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[46] 47
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[47] 13
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[48] 43
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[49] 20
Germany (Official German Charts)[50] 40
Hungary (Mahasz)[51] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[52] 18
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[53] 30
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[54] 44
Scotland (OCC)[55] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[56] 33
UK Singles (OCC)[57] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[58] 80
US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard)[40] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
Germany 1997 (1997) CD
United Kingdom August 25, 1997 (1997-08-25)
[59]
United States October 7, 1997 (1997-10-07) Arista [60]

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