Love Gun (song)
|Single by KISS|
|from the album Love Gun|
|Released||July 31, 1977 (US)|
|Recorded||Record Plant Studios,
New York City: 1977
|Genre||Hard rock, glam rock|
|Label||Casablanca NB-895-AS (US)|
|KISS singles chronology|
Paul Stanley, who sings lead vocals on the song, has claimed in several interviews since its release that it is one of his favorite KISS songs, offering the opinion that ""Love Gun" is quintessential KISS and is probably one of the five signature essential [KISS] songs." Stanley has also said that "The Hunter" section of the Led Zeppelin song "How Many More Times" inspired the lyrics of "Love Gun". Stanley plays bass on the track in addition to his singing and guitar duties.
"Love Gun" has been played on every KISS tour since its release, and has made numerous appearances on KISS compilation albums, despite the fact that it peaked at only #55 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- "Love Gun" was covered by the Surfin' Ceasers for the 1990 Kiss tribute album Hard to Believe.
- In 2003 Hayseed Dixie released Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to Kiss, an album consisting entirely of Kiss covers, including "Love Gun", played in a bluegrass style.
- Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw contributed a version of "Love Gun" to the 2004 Kiss tribute album Spin the Bottle.
- Eccentric British rock band Sack Trick covered the song on their Kiss covers album Sheep in KISS Make Up.
- German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell covered the song on the album Diamonds Unlocked.
- Alternative metal band Stone Sour released a cover of the song as part of their 2015 covers EP Meanwhile in Burbank...
- "Love Gun" was featured during the opening credit sequence in the 1999 film Detroit Rock City, the movie itself named after the KISS song.
- The song was featured in the 2008 comedy film Role Models, in a scene where the character Wheeler (Seann William Scott) explains its phallic symbolism.
- The song is featured in the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock.
- Leaf, David and Ken Sharp. KISS: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography, Warner Books, 2003. ISBN 0-446-53073-5
- International Singles Chart
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