Little Caesar (Kiss song)
|Song by Kiss|
|from the album Hot in the Shade|
|Released||October 17, 1989|
|Songwriter(s)||Eric Carr, Gene Simmons, Adam Mitchell|
|Producer(s)||Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons|
|Hot in the Shade track listing|
"Little Caesar" is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss, featured on their 1989 album Hot in the Shade. It is the lone original song that drummer Eric Carr sang lead on during his tenure with Kiss (although he did sing lead on a remake of "Beth" on Kiss's Smashes, Thrashes & Hits album the year before). The song was written by Carr, Gene Simmons and Adam Mitchell.
Carr submitted three songs to Kiss bassist Gene Simmons for selection for the then upcoming album, and according to Carr in 1990:
|“||I brought three really, really good songs to Gene in April of 1989. There's a ballad I wrote called "Somebody's Waiting", which I did a complete demo for. Complete vocals and music and I even did a 24-track of that one. But "Forever" was a real super, super song and we didn't want to have two ballads on the album. I wrote another one called "Listen To the Eyes of Love", a kind of AC/DC thing that never got completely finished. And this other thing which was a kind of funkrock thing, and I stuck it on there as a joke."||”|
Simmons actually loved the last song and suggested that Carr should make a complete demo of it. Carr and Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick went to the studio and completed a full recording. The track was originally titled "Ain't That Peculiar" (a version that is featured on 2001s The Box Set) and featured lyrics from the Marvin Gaye song of the same name until Carr and Simmons wrote a new set of lyrics together using the title "Little Caesar", which is what Simmons called Carr when he was acting like a tough guy.
- Drums, bass and lead vocals: Eric Carr
- Lead and rhythm guitars: Bruce Kulick
- Background vocals: Eric Carr, Bruce Kulick, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley