Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved

Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved

     
 

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Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved was released in 1994 to generally mixed reviews. Though it went gold, the album appealed neither to die-hard Kiss fans nor to pop radio listeners. "Detroit Rock City" as performed by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones was the first song released as a single. But it…  See more details below

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Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved was released in 1994 to generally mixed reviews. Though it went gold, the album appealed neither to die-hard Kiss fans nor to pop radio listeners. "Detroit Rock City" as performed by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones was the first song released as a single. But it was "Hard Luck Woman" by Garth Brooks that is generally considered the most popular from the set. It is also the only track where Kiss actually performs as the backing band. Lenny Kravitz produced the most interesting reinterpretation by dueting with Stevie Wonder on the song "Deuce." The Gin Blossoms' version of "Christine Sixteen" was by far the most faithful on the album. But Toad the Wet Sprocket provided the most daring cover with their slowed-down version of "Rock & Roll All Night." Most fans did not like the drastic redo. But its biggest fan was Gene Simmons himself: "I give that an absolute 'A' just for balls-to-the-wall bravery. Because when a song winds up so ingrained as a style, for somebody to completely disregard that and say, 'No, that's not important - I'm gonna do it my way,' is really what it's all about. To me, Toad's version is every bit as relevant as everyone else's, ours included." This album almost developed into something totally different. When Simmons was first discussing this album, he mentioned quite a few bands that never made it onto the final version due to legal entanglements; these artists included Mozart, Dramarama, the Melvins, Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Kurt Cobain, Thurston Moore, and Ozzy Osbourne. Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved was also first envisioned as a double album with one disc of cover versions and a second disc of original Kiss recordings. Though this version never materialized, a Japanese promo version (Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved [Japan Promo]) comes close. Overall, this is an interesting concept album probably more popular with fans of the individual bands participating in this project than with Kiss fans. The album peaked at number 19 on the Billboard charts and remained there for 13 weeks.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/1994
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731452212344
catalogNumber:
522123

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Garth Brooks   Track Performer
Anthrax   Track Performer
Dinosaur Jr.   Track Performer
Extreme   Track Performer
Lenny Kravitz   Track Performer
Mighty Mighty Bosstones   Track Performer
Toad the Wet Sprocket   Track Performer
Gin Blossoms   Track Performer
Chris Gower   Guitar
Maynard James Keenan   Vocals
Tom Morello   Guitar
Brad Wilk   Drums
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Yoshiki   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Garth Brooks   Contributor
Anthrax   Contributor
Dinosaur Jr.   Contributor
Extreme   Contributor
Lenny Kravitz   Producer
Gene Simmons   Producer
Paul Stanley   Producer
Mighty Mighty Bosstones   Producer
Toad the Wet Sprocket   Contributor
Nuno Bettencourt   Producer
Gin Blossoms   Contributor
Bill Gould   Producer
Chris Gower   Producer
Matt Hyde   Producer
Lemonheads   Producer
Gavin MacKillop   Producer
J Mascis   Producer
Clif Norrell   Producer
Allen Reynolds   Producer
Bob St. John   Engineer,Contributor
Stevie Wonder   Contributor
Yoshiki   Producer
Mitchell Kanner   Art Direction
Annick Van Der Horst   Tattoo Art
St. John   Engineer
Tom Hamilton   Producer

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