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Tears Are Falling

Paul Stanley

This Paul Stanley ballad was one of the few songs he'd write on his own in the 1980s. It was inspired by Stevie Wonder's "Uptight," and was the primary single released off the "Asylum" album. In the United States it would be the only physical single from the album released, even though three promotional videos were made. According to Paul the song, "Is about the exact moment that a relationship is over. Sometimes, when someone cries, it says a lot more than word could ever say" (Rock Scene Spotlights #2). Paul plays bass on the recording.

The video for "Tears Are Falling" was filmed in London, England in late-August/early-September 1985 and directed by David Mallet. According to Paul, David had done some of his favorite videos for David Bowie and Def Leppard. The decision to film in England was simply made because, "It's easier to work over there because most of his crew is there" (Superstar Facts & Pics #9). While Paul and David do much of the video planning over the phone, Paul recalled arriving in London for the "Tears Are Falling" video shoot, "I remember walking in and just being knocked out by the size of the set. I felt like I was in some sort of Hawaiian jungle... It's 95 percent a performance video... There's a girl in it" (Metal Hammer, 2/87).

The single became only the third KISS single in the United States to feature a picture sleeve (the other two were "Flaming Youth" and "I Love It Loud"), again using the somewhat garish album cover art. It was backed with "Any Way You Slice It" in North America, and "Heaven's On Fire (Live)" in some other markets. Unfortunately, the single essentially bombed on the Billboard singles charts only reaching a dismal #51. It faired slightly worse in the UK reaching only #57 and didn't chart at all in the other countries. It did reach #20 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

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