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I Was Made for Lovin' You

"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.

Development

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.

Cover versions

A number of artists have released cover versions of "I Was Made For Lovin' You". A partial listing:

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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