- Lick It Up (song)
Name = Lick It Up
Artist = Kiss
from Album =
Lick It Up
Format = 7"
Recorded = Right Track Studios,
New York City: 1983
Length = 3 min 58 sec
Label = Mercury 814 671-7 (US)
Producers = Micheal James Jackson,
Paul Stanleyand Gene Simmons
Chart position =
- #66 (United States)
- #31 (United Kingdom)
- #32 (Canada)
- #82 (Auz)
- #24 (Switzerland)
Last single = "
I Love It Loud" / "Danger"
This single = "Lick It Up" / "Dance All Over Your Face"
Next single = "
All Hell's Breakin' Loose" / "Young and Wasted"
Written by guitarist/vocalist
Paul Stanleyand guitarist Vinnie Vincent, the song was released as the first single from the album in 1983.
A video was made to promote the single. It was the first video to feature the band without its famous makeup. The video premiered on
MTVon September 18, 1983 in a half-hour special hosted by J. J. Jackson. Despite all the hype and promotion for the single, it stalled at #66 on the American Billboard Hot 100charts, although it broke into the Top 40 in several other countries. [ [http://www.kissfaq.com/charts/scharts.html International Chart History] ]
"Lick It Up" has been played by the band on most of their tours since its release, and was on the Kiss live albums "
Alive III" and "". The song also appears on 2001s " The Box Set". As of 2008, it is currently the only song from the bands' non-makeup era that is still in their setlist.
The guitar bridge after the second iteration of the chorus was intended to be a full-fledged guitar solo; however, it is said that the solo recorded by Vinnie Vincent was not approved for the song, and he was asked by
Gene Simmonsto make another solo. Upset, Vincent made a bridge followed by a breakdown instead.
Although Paul Stanley is credited with lead vocals on the song, Gene Simmons performs some clearly audible vocal interjections throughout the song.
*Appears as a track in the
Rockstar GamesPSP/PS2 game "".
*Appears as a track in the videogame "
Tony Hawk's Underground".
*Appears as a track in an episode of
*Appears on the movie, Rockstar, also on the soundtrack.
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