"I Was Made for Lovin' You" is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss, originally released on their 1979 album Dynasty (see 1979 in music). It was released as the A-side of their first single from the album. It was the band's second Gold single, selling over 1 million copies. The single was certified Gold on 1979-08-16. The B-side of the single is the album track "Hard Times", which was written by Ace Frehley. The single reached #11 on the US Billboard singles chart. The song also became a top ten hit in Australia reaching #6 on the ARIA charts in 1979. The song fared the best in Western Europe (Where it became a top 20 hit in Sweden, a top 10 hit in Norway, made it to the number 2 position in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, and in Holland it became a #1 smash.)
The song was one of the band's few singles to chart in the UK in the 1970s, though only peaking at No. 51, where a 7 min 54 sec version was released on 12" single in addition to the shorter 7".
Throughout the years since its release, the song has become a permanent staple in Kiss's live performances, despite sounding different from the studio version. During the time the late Eric Carr was with the band, the song was played in a significantly faster tempo, attributed by Carr's rapid drumming skills. More recent performances starting from the 1992-1993 Revenge tour onwards featured the song in the same tempo as the studio version, but with a more-metal, less-disco feel.
The song draws heavily from the disco
style that was popular in the United States in the late 1970s. Kiss guitarist and vocalist Paul Stanley
, who co-wrote the song with Desmond Child
and Vini Poncia
, has stated that "I Was Made For Lovin' You" was a conscious effort on his part to prove how easy it was to write and record a hit disco song.
Although Peter Criss appeared in the video and on the album cover, he did not actually play on the track. As with most of the Dynasty album, session drummer Anton Fig took the place of Peter Criss, who had been deemed unfit to play by producer Vini Poncia.
A number of artists have released cover versions
of "I Was Made For Lovin' You". A partial listing:
- In 1989, Swedish singer Ankie Bagger covered the song for her 1989 album Where Were You Last Night.
- In 1994, German punk band Die Ärzte covered the song "Unholy" on the Kiss tribute album "Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved" which included an instrumental track of "I was made for lovin' You".
- In 1995, Chill, comprised of Arndt Meyer-Wegner, Marc Olbertz, Torsten Stenzel, and Zied Jouini, redid the song on the Macarena Club Cutz compilation CD.
- In 1996, Italian singer Dave Rodgers recorded a Eurobeat version.
- In 1996, Heart Attack also recorded a Eurobeat version with a female vocal on the Blow Up label. The CD single included three versions: Edit, Extended Version, and Club Mix, as well as an additional track written by two of the three producers. and the band
- In 1998, German techno group Scooter covered the song on their album No Time To Chill and went on to release it as a double-single with "We Are the Greatest".
- In 1998, Finnish metal band Embraze covered the song for their debut album LAEH.
- In 2000, German electro band Queen of Japan included a cover of the song on their album Headrush.
- In 2000, popular Greek singer Anna Vissi covered the song and released it on her first English-language album entitled Everything I Am.
- In 2001, Faster Pussycat covered the song for their album Between the Valley of the Ultra Pussy.
- In 2002, Serbian hard rock band Cactus Jack included live rendition of the song on their album DisCover.
- In 2002, Mexican singer Paulina Rubio included her rendition of the song on her album Border Girl.
- In 2004, Japanese folk-pop duo the Indigo included an acoustic rendition of the song on their cover album My Fair Melodies 2.
- In 2004, former Exposé member Gioia Bruno recorded a dance cover of the song for her album Expose This.
- In 2005, the french house band Dax Riders also released a cover version on their album hot.
- In 2005, Japanese Shibuya-kei singer Maki Nomiya song on her album Party People.
- In 2006, Spanish underground performer and rockstar La Prohibida recorded the Spanish cover "Estoy hecha para amarte".
- In 2006, Kate The Cat released an Easy Listening Version on their double album "Love".
- In 2006, French synth-disco group, Hypnolove, included a cover of the song on their album, Eurolove.
- In 2007 on Deutschland sucht den Superstar, the German version of American Idol, contestant Max Buskohl sang the song in his first of two performances for the night.
- Swedish dansband Leif Nordbergs, which has covered hard rock and heavy metal hits in dansband versions, also covered this song.
- Jack Black covered the song as, "I was made for Sliming You" at the 2008 Kids Choice Awards
- In 2008 a Rock noir cover version of the song was recorded by Italian Rock noir band Belladonna.
- In 2008, Maria Mena released a cover of the song on her new album Cause and Effect.
Uses in media
- It is sung in Moulin Rouge!, when Satine and Christian are in the elephant.
- In the Simpsons episode "Pray Anything", Homer blasts the song at full volume soon after moving into the church.
- Four Western children sing this song in a Japanese television commercial of Canon.
- Is featured in a scene from the film Endless Love.
- One of the recent covers is used in the promotional television advert for the third series of Australia's Next Top Model.
- Is briefly featured in a 2007 commercial for eBay.
- Referenced toward the end of the song No More Shoes by Stephen Malkmus.
- In the Kids' Choice Awards 2008, Jack Black opened the show by singing a parody entitled "I Was Made for Slimin' You".
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