Shandi (song)

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Shandi - KISS - 1979.jpg
Single by Kiss
from the album Unmasked
Released1980 (US)
RecordedThe Record Plant,
New York City: 1980
GenreSoft rock
LabelCasablanca NB-2282 AS (US)
Songwriter(s)Paul Stanley, Vini Poncia
Producer(s)Vini Poncia
Kiss singles chronology
"Sure Know Something" / "Dirty Livin'"
"Shandi" / "She's So European"
"Talk to Me" / "Naked City"

"Shandi" is a hit single by American hard rock band Kiss. Released on their 1980 album, Unmasked, the song was popular in Australia, where it reached number five on the Australian charts.[1] The song would prove to be a hit in other countries as well, making the top ten in three other countries. "Shandi" peaked at number 47 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart.[2]

Written by vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley and producer Vini Poncia, the song was inspired by the Hollies cover of the Bruce Springsteen song "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)".[3]

The song is performed solo by Stanley on guitar when the band is touring in Australia and New Zealand. The song was also played by Kiss with the Melbourne Symphony Ensemble for the Kiss Symphony: Alive IV performance and subsequent album in 2003.

An Eric Carr-sung version appears on his second posthumous album, Unfinished Business.


Cash Box said that with "arching strings and guitar glissandos," Kiss acts as "closet crooners" rather than producing "fiery heavy metal [or[ pounding rock disco."[4]

Music video[edit]

A promotional video was made for the song, which proved to be the final appearance of Peter Criss with the band before he left to pursue a solo career in 1980. Although all four original band members appear in the video, only Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley were involved in the recording of the track. Session drummer Anton Fig plays drums, Kiss roadie Tom Harper plays bass and professional songwriter Holly Knight plays keyboards, while Stanley sings lead vocals and plays lead guitar, and Frehley plays acoustic guitars. Vini Poncia provided backing vocals to the track.

In the video, a woman stalks the band from outside their dressing room, anxious to see them without their makeup. After their concert, they return to their dressing room to change to their street clothes. Upon exiting the room, the woman calls them out; they turn around, revealing that they still have their makeup on.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Argentina[5] 1
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 5
Canada 70
Germany 28
The Netherlands 24
New Zealand 6
Norway 4
United States 47

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Rank
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7][8] 23



  1. ^ International Chart History
  2. ^ "Shandi" Billboard Hot 100 Chart Position
  3. ^ Leaf, David and Ken Sharp. KISS: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography, Warner Books, 2003. ISBN 0-446-53073-5
  4. ^ "CashBox Singles Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. June 21, 1980. p. 22. Retrieved 2022-01-01.
  5. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1958-12-15. p. 44. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – 1980". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  8. ^ "National Top 100 Singles for 1980". Kent Music Report. January 5, 1981. Retrieved January 17, 2022 – via Imgur.