The legendary co-founder of KISS, Gene Simmons was seriously accused by the famous songwriter of lots of famous bands like Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, KISS and Alice Cooper; Desmond Child.
Desmond has recently interviewed by ‘Talk Is Jericho’ and revealed the untold process of how KISS’ Gene Simmons disrespected him after the band’s classic ‘I Was Mode For Lovin’ You’ released in 1979.
According to Desmond, Gene Simmons didn’t like the lyrics of the song and that fact was confessed by the KISS frontman, Paul Stanley.
Here is what Desmond Child told, transcribed by Ultimate-Guitar:
“My crossing over from being an artist with Desmond Child & The Rouge was writing a song with [singer/guitarist] Paul Stanley of KISS, who was a fan of ours. He would come and hang out with us in these little clubs in New York and said, ‘Hey, why don’t we try writing a song.’
Ad so we did and that was ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You.’ I was experimenting then with a drum machine and I had the idea of having dance beats with rock, it occurred to me, so I kind of hood-winged him into this idea of, like, four-on-the-floor dance beats with these heavy guitars.”
Desmond shared the never-told-before story of how Paul Stanley confessed that KISS’ Gene Simmons didn’t like the song.
Here is what he said:
“Gene never bought it, he never liked it. I remember once they made the record [and started working on the next one], I think it was [1981’s] ‘The Elder’ and they started doing, like, hundreds of interviews, saying, ‘Well, this time we’re putting guards over the door to keep Desmond Child out.’
And I was so hurt, you know? I called Paul and said, ‘Paul, why don’t you, like, criticize your enemies, not the friends that put money in your pocket?’. And he says, ‘Well, you know, that’s Gene. It’s not me.’
So, like, the next day when I came home, there was a message on my answering machine. It was, ‘Hi, it’s Gene, sorry,’ and he hung up. [Laughs] That was his apology. After all these years, he’s been an amazing friend and a supporter, and actually a mentor.”
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