Lick It Up (song)

Lick It Up (song)

Infobox Single
Name = Lick It Up

Artist = Kiss
from Album = Lick It Up
Released = 1983 (US)
Format = 7"
Recorded = Right Track Studios,
New York City: 1983
Genre = Glam metal
Length = 3 min 58 sec
Label = Mercury 814 671-7 (US)
Producers = Micheal James Jackson, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons
Chart position =

  • #66 (United States)
  • #31 (United Kingdom)
  • #32 (Canada)
  • #82 (Auz)
  • #24 (Switzerland)

Reviews =
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"

"Lick It Up" is a glam metal song by the American hard rock band Kiss. It is the title track on their 1983 album of the same name.

Written by guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and 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 MTV on 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 100 charts, although it broke into the Top 40 in several other countries. [ [ 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 Simmons to 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 Games PSP/PS2 game "".
*Appears as a track in the videogame "Tony Hawk's Underground".
*Appears as a track in an episode of The Sopranos.
*Appears on the movie, Rockstar, also on the soundtrack.


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