Love Gun (song)

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"Love Gun"
Single by Kiss
from the album Love Gun
Released 1977
Format 7"
Genre Hard rock[1]
Length 3:27
Label Casablanca NB-895-AS (US)
Songwriter(s) Paul Stanley
Producer(s) Eddie Kramer & Kiss
Kiss singles chronology
"Christine Sixteen" / "Shock Me"
"Love Gun" / "Hooligan"
"Shout It Out Loud (Live)" / "Nothin' to Lose (Live)"
"Christine Sixteen" / "Shock Me"
"Love Gun" / "Hooligan"
"Shout It Out Loud (Live)" / "Nothin' to Lose (Live)"

"Love Gun" is a song by the American rock band Kiss, first released on their 1977 album of the same name. The B-side is the album track "Hooligan", a song written by drummer Peter Criss.

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."[2] 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 singing and playing rhythm guitar.[3]

"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 no. 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]

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Popular culture[edit]


Chart (1977) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 41
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 61
US Cash Box[6] 55


  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Kiss – Love Gun". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ Leaf, David; Sharp, Ken (2003). KISS: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography. Warner Books. ISBN 0-446-53073-5. 
  3. ^ "Love Gun by Kiss". Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Kiss – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5438a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending OCTOBER 22, 1977". Archived from the original on October 3, 2012. . Cash Box magazine.