when Kiss were at its peak, the ever shrewd Gene Simmons convinced the band
to each make solo records
Gene’s album was terrible, but it reached #22 on the album charts because the year was 1978 and everyone was high off weed. his single was “Radioactive”. guest stars like Cher, Bob Segar and Joe Perry were on it. it had the best cover art. gene didnt even play bass on it.
Paul had the second most successful single off the four solo albums, the miserably sappy oh-so 70s afterschool special-esque “Hold Me, Touch Me (Think Of Me When We’re Apart)”. His album barely broke the Top 40.
Peter Criss had the only solo album where Casablanca released two singles. The first was the middle of the road “Don’t You Let Me Down” which you’d never guess came from a rock star. You can understand why the label was quick to release the second single “You Still Matter to Me” with lyrics like this:
I ain’t no good at talkin’
So girl I’m tellin’ you straight
My heart feels just like an orphan
I hope I’m not too late
The record bombed.
Ace had actual rock songs on his album including “Snow Blind” which was later covered by Skin Yard and “Ozone” which the Foo Fighters covered on a b-side.
But his hit was “New York Groove” which was written by secret classic rock songwriter Russ Ballard who also penned Rainbow’s “Since You’ve Been Gone”, Santana’s “Winning”, and “God Gave Rock & Roll To You” which Kiss covered in 1991 for the film “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”.
Because life isn’t fair, AT&T does not use the Frehley version in their recent commercial.
Instead it chose to use the original version from the UK glam group Hello who had a british hit with the tune three years earlier in 1975.
regardless, now you know why bands dont get to release 4 solo records in one year any more.