Reason to Live
|"Reason To Live"|
|Single by Kiss|
|from the album Crazy Nights|
|Released||November 12, 1987 (US)|
|Recorded||One on One Recording Studios,
Canoga Park, California: 1987
|Label||Mercury 870 022-7 (US)|
|Writer(s)||Paul Stanley, Desmond Child|
|Kiss singles chronology|
Written by singer/guitarist Paul Stanley and professional songwriter Desmond Child, "Reason to Live" is a power ballad, heavy on keyboards and production. The B-side is the Gene Simmons-helmed album track "Thief in the Night".
A video was made to help promote the single. It featured clips of the band playing the song live on a large, well-lit stage, interspersed with shots of a young blonde woman. Portrayed by Playboy playmate Eloise Broady, the model is visibly distressed over relationship troubles with Stanley. She vents her frustrations by throwing a wine bottle at a picture of the two of them, and sets Stanley's car on fire after dousing it with gasoline. In the video its implied that Stanley ended the relationship with the woman due to her unstable behavior. The video received airplay on MTV, and was directed by Marty Callner and produced by Callner, Doug Major and Bill Brigode.
The live portion of the video was filmed in San Bernardino, California in the Orange Pavilion. The Porsche in the video actually belonged to Paul Stanley in which he had driven to California from New York.
Released as a single in 1987, the song would prove to be a minor hit for the band. It made the Top 40 charts in the United Kingdom, and reached number 34 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks It also peaked at the 64 position on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.