KISS - Lick it Up

Lick it Up FORMAT: CD
REALEASE DATE: 18.09.1983
RECORD COMPANY: Mercury Records

Top 1983: #25
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Paul Stanley – voce, chitara
Vinnie Vincent – chitara, voce
Gene Simmons – bas, voce
Eric Carr – tobe, voce


01. Exciter02. Not for the Innocent03. Lick It Up04. Young and Wasted05. Gimme More06. All Hell’s Breakin’ Lose07. A Million to One08. Fits Like A Glove09. Dance All over Your Face10. And on the 8th Day

In the mid-80s, Romanian television broadcasted a show called “Masked and unmasked”, where stars (Romanian of course) would appear on the stage, first disguised in various skits, and then in the second part they would remove their masks. Do you notice the remarkably masterful reference I made to Kiss, eh? I doubt that Romanian producers were inspired by the misadventures of the American band, but you never know.


Here is a “standard” 10-track album, which is excellent – if you’re a rabid fan you can tattoo each finger with a song title (in such case songs 3 and 8 will have particular impact for the audience). “Exciter” starts the villainy, showing us why Kiss were known as the “riff machine” (sometimes they say that about Sabbath, of course). Then we have a piece that I’m not too thrilled about, “Not for the Innocent”, but it does give a good image of the band’s philosophy. Then comes “Lick It Up”, with the video, in which we can see a lot – the forest on Pauly’s chest, a lady doing the laundry at a pump, another one drinking lemon juice for a plastic bottle (I looked twice, I think it was indeed lemon juice!), a few skulls on the asphalt (most likely symbolic of man being consumed by urbanism)(yea right), and the infamous tongue of Mr. Simmons, another Kiss trademark. A “Young and Wasted” that … smelled to me a bit like Zeppelin at some point, but never mind. “Gimme More” is a jumpy one, I don’t say that it would go on MTV before/after an older Priest because… this is not done, Kiss is a cult band and that’s that. This is about atmosphere, not influences or other shenanigans. And now we have the hits of this record, (together with the much better known “Lick It Up”), “All Hell’s Breakin’ Lose” and “A Million to One”, songs carved out of pure Kiss essence. A rock ’n’ roll - “Fits Like a Glove”, then a very cheeky songs in which the troubadour menaces his woman he’d beat the shit out of her, and, from what’s he’s saying, he might be right – “Dance All Over Your Face”. Finally, “And on the 8th Day” (God created rock ’n’ roll, it says) a bit of history of mankind, as the kissers know it – apparently on the eighth day, God created a landslide (I didn’t get that quite right, perhaps you’ll manage to get to the bottom of it).


It must also be said that it was during this album’s period that the boys first appeared on MTV without make-up. I think today they’d have to put a bag on their heads to appear there given the sort of musicians that have invaded it, and people might think you’re one of them. Still, I don’t think this is the best Kiss, and opinions are generally divided. But, did it go platinum? It did! So, never mind us if we complain!

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