Gene Simmons says that he hates performing KISS‘s classic song “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” because he is forced to sing like his grandmother.
Although “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” was a huge chart success for KISS nearly 40 years ago, it was maligned by many of the band’s fans who didn’t appreciate the track’s disco beat.
Asked in a new interview with OK! magazine to name a song that he wasn’t initially crazy about that ended up becoming a hit, Gene said (see video below): “Well, Paul Stanley comes in and he says, ‘Did you write any songs?’ I go, ‘Oh, yeah. I’ve got one called ‘Almost Human’.’ ‘Yeah? How does it go?’ ‘I’m almost human. I can’t help feelin’ strange.’ ‘Yeah, that’s cool. That’s a Gene song.’ ‘How about you, Paul?’ He goes, ‘I’ve got one. [It goes] ‘Tonight.” “Ooooh. That’s cool. What’s the next line?’ ‘I’m gonna give it all to you.’ ‘Oh, yeah. I know what ‘it’ means — I know exactly what you mean.’
‘In the darkness.’ [Claps] ‘Love that!’ ‘There something I wanna do.’ ‘Yeah, I know what that ‘something’ is. Wow! That’s a cool song. Okay, what’s my part?’ [Sings] ‘Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do.’ ‘You’re killing me. Really? I’m gonna sing like my grandmother?’ [Sings] ‘Do, do, do…’ I hate playing that song to [this] day. Stadiums full of people jump up and down like biblical locusts — they go nuts — with tattoos and grills on… ‘Ahhhh!’ They’re all jumping up and down, and I’m going, ‘Do, do, do, do, do, do… Kill me now.’ Still — still to this day I hate that song.”
After the female interviewer pressed him on whether the song ever grew on him after performing it for the last four decades, Gene said: “Well, how about you sing that song? You’re a girl. I wanna sing guy stuff.”