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It's a given that KISS will play "Rock 'n' Roll All Nite" (they better!), and that it will be awesome. Fire and fake blood will likely be involved. It will rock. All nite.
But if KISS still gives you nightmares (as they did for thousands of skittish children of the 1970s), there are songs in the KISS katalog that are little kinder and gentler than the band's typical blood-spitters, firestarters, and platform-boot-stompers. Some of these tunes might even inspire you to make out (or at least kuddle) when KISS plays them in concert.
Many rock bands have penned sappy on-the-road ballads, including Journey ("Faithfully"), Mötley Crüe ("Home Sweet Home"), and Bon Jovi ("Wanted Dead or Alive"). But none of those bands did it as sappily or effectively as KISS with "Beth." To make the song extra-cuddly, it was sung by the least-scary guy in the band, the one dressed as a kitty-cat.
"Hard Luck Woman," 1976
KISS practically went country with this folksy track (originally warbled by above-mentioned catman Peter Criss), and it worked surprisingly well. Garth Brooks even liked this song enough to cover it in 1994, and it was way better than anything his rocker alter ego Chris Gaines ever did. Interestingly, Paul Stanley had written the song with another rocker, Rod Stewart, in mind.
"I Was Made for Loving You," 1979
In the late '70s, all the rock bands caught disco fever, from Blondie to Rod Stewart to even the Rolling Stones. And KISS was not immune to this epidemic. Many angry, rock-purist members of the KISS Army went AWOL went Paul, Gene, Ace, and Peter went totally Studio 54 with this Desmond Child co-write; surely cries of "DISCO SUCKS!" were vociferously expressed. But this was one of KISS's biggest hits, and let's face it, it was (and still is) a damn catchy tune. It's ironic to think, 35 years later, that this single actually had fans accusing KISS, of all bands, of "selling out." Ha.
"I Love It Loud," 1982
This song actually rocks pretty convincingly. But its early-MTV video is so cheesy and chintzy, it's actually kind of cute. You'd think a band that was so pioneering with its onstage special effects could've scraped together a better concept and bigger budget for this one.
This one was co-written by Michael Bolton. 'Nuff said. Bolton's ties with the KISS camp actually went back a ways: Before guitarist Bruce Kulick joined the KISS lineup, he played with Bolton in a band called Blackjack and on several Bolton solo abums.
"God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II," 1991
A cover of a Russ Ballard-penned hit by Zombies-affiliated '70s band Argent, this became the theme song for Bill & Ted's sadly fictional band Wyld Stallyns. Strange things were afoot at the Circle K, indeed… but this cover was actually most excellent.