The Forgotten Greatest Hits From The Rock Group Kiss
I am a big kiss fan and have grown up with them since I was 7. I know all the BIG hits like
- Rock and Roll All Night
- Detroit Rock City
- Cold Gun
- Hotter Than Hell
- Lick It Up
- Heaven's On Fire
- And More
In all this time of almost 40 years, Kiss has released 4 greatest hits albums and 4 "Alive" albums. My only issue as a Kiss fan is that some of these albums have the same big hits on them. I own every studio album except for a few of these greatest hits albums since they have the same songs on them
The following Kiss songs were at one time or another, hits as well, but I have not seen them on the other greatest hits albums. So, here you are, the forgotten Kiss hits. If you can name more, please do in the comments.
Interesting Note: Most of these songs are from around the time when Kiss was confused about which direction they wanted to go and also on whether or not they should take off the makeup. After Lick It Up, they gravitated back to being a rock band, but the era where they were somewhere in between Disco (Dynasty) and doing concept albums (Music From The Elder) is where most of these hits came from but just never lived on, even in their concerts.
All Hell's Breakin Loose
I loved this song and thought it was the best one off of the Lick It Up album when they first took off the makeup. It seems that Paul Stanley was trying some rap in this song, even before it was called hip hop. One of my favorite songs in 1983. The video for this song was excellent, but never quite made it to hit status.They were the real street bad boys in this one beating up gangs!
Shandi from Unmasked
I think Paul Stanley was trying to show off his romantic side with this song and it WAS on the radio, but it seems to have stuck in the 80s. I have seen Kiss numerous times in concert and never saw them perform this. It was the one hit from Unmasked and followed I Was Made For Loving You off of Dynasty. As a kid, I thought this song would have made it. Anyway, enjoy the video.
Radioactive from Gene Simmons
When Kiss released the solo albums, Ace Frehley's was the only one that hit hard with tunes like New York Groove and when I see Frehley's Comet, they perform this one. They also performed New York Groove on the Kiss Reunion tour in 1996, but that was it for the solo albums. I was not a fan of Gene Simmon's solo album, but I loved Radioactive and heard it on the radio. They should have kept this one alive (pardon the pun).
Sure Know Something from Dynasty
Sure Know Something was a great tune written and sung by Paul Stanley and it was from Dynasty, which was the same album where I Was Made For Loving You came from. They still perform I Was Made and I think Sure Know Something died and made a comeback, but this is one of my favorite Kiss songs in their entire collection.
This video is from Kiss Symphony Alive IV in Australia and not the original studio version from Dynasty.
A World Without Heroes from Music From The Elder
Another great Kiss hit that seemed to go nowhere. It was from Music From The Elder which was a concept album and the first album where Eric Carr joined the band. This was a very mellow song and watching Gene Simmons sing it was kind of weird as I was used to him being this demon that scared the living daylights out of most kids, but in this video, it seems that Gene Simmons was just chlling and very emotional (he cried at the end). I was also surprised when I saw Paul Stanley wear a headband. Look closely, and it seems that Gene Simmons also had a new haircut and not the usual "slick back" that he wore on stage. Great song! Bring it back!
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