Why Gene Simmons Still Hates "I Was Made for Lovin' You" by KISS

By Andrew Magnotta

October 16, 2018

You always know where you stand with Gene Simmons.

The KISS co-founder and bassist has a reputation for speaking his mind, whether it's on topics of health, politics or Paul Stanley's vocal cords.

Even Simmons' own catalog is in bounds as far as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's critical eye goes. One recent target was Simmons reiterating his distaste of KISS's 1979 disco-inspired hit, "I Was Made for Lovin' You."

In a recent interview with OK! Magazine, Simmons was asked if there were any KISS songs he wasn't crazy about at first but later became hits. 

The bassist recalled when Stanley initially brought "I Was Made for Lovin' You" to the band, and made it clear he still can't stand the song. 

"I Was Made for Lovin' You" has always been a bit controversial in KISS's catalog, given how it was a departure from the edgy hard rock sound that established the band. But Simmons doesn't take issue with the song's change of directions for the band; he hates the backing vocals he had to sing.

"'There's something I wanna do,'" Simmons said, quoting the song's lyrics, and then his own reaction. "'Yeah, I know what that something is! Wow, that's a cool song! Okay, what's my part?'"

"'Do do do do do do do do' — You're killing me! I'm gonna sing like my grandmother?"

Simmons emphasized, "I hate playing that song today. Stadiums full of people jump up and down like Biblical locusts and, you know, stuff — they go nuts ... I'm going, 'Do do do do do — Kill me now.'" 

KISS fans around the world will have plenty of opportunities to see Simmons' disgust at "I Was Made for Lovin' You" live and in person over the next two or three years during KISS's End of the Road Farewell Tour


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