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Song Anniversary: Kiss’s “I Was Made for Lovin’ You”

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Perhaps what could be the most controversial songs to come from Kiss was 1979’s “I Was Made for Lovin’ You”. And the controversy was over the song’s mesh with hard rock and disco, which were seemingly two different worlds. Despite being a top twenty hit in America, and number one in six other countries (including Canada), the song was seen as a “sell-out” to rock fans, and evidence that disco was taking over the musical landscape including rock.

So what was the explanation for the mix of disco? According to Paul Stanley, he wanted to make a point in how it was easy to write and record a hit disco song, since other rock acts including Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones have already done so. And so, he co-wrote the song with songwriters Desmond Child and Vini Poncia (both of which who would co-write tracks on later Kiss albums). However, the message seemed lost in the people, who had grown tired of the disco craze.

But despite the backlash, “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” became a concert staple over years, and has even thrown out the disco frills, and became a straight rock song. It would also be covered by a range of international artists including Menudo and Paulina Rubio, and was also covered live including once by Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter.


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