Monday, February 18, 2013

Today In KISStory - 1974

Today In KISStory - February 18, 1974: KISS release their self-titled debut album, 39 years ago, on this day in KISStory.

When it was released, KISS had been a band for a little over a year. With the exception of "Kissin' Time", all of the material for KISS was written before the band entered the studio. Some of the songs were written during Wicked Lester's brief existence, while "Firehouse" was written by Paul Stanley while he was attending Music and Art High School in NYC.

Gene Simmons estimated that the entire process of recording and mixing the album took three weeks, while co-producer Richie Wise has stated it took just 13 days.

The cover song "Kissin' Time" (originally sang by artist Bobby Rydell in 1959) did not appear on the original release of the album. The track was added to a re-pressing in July 1974.

KISS sold approximately 75,000 copies after its initial release, without the presence of a hit single. It was certified Gold on June 8, 1977, having shipped 500,000 copies.