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Flaming Youth

Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Bob Ezrin

"Flaming Youth" was yet another amalgamation of earlier ideas. According to Gene, the song developed out of a demo originally called "Mad Dog." He had demo'd the song earlier as a complete piece, while "Flaming Youth" was a title that struck Gene as being too cool to ignore. Gene seems to remember that it was the name of one of the bands that had played at KISS' industry debut at the Academy Of Music in December 1973 (which incidentally doesn't appear on the billings or reviews of the show). However, the band would be one that KISS played with at their last dates in the Coventry Club, December 21-22, 1973 (Gooch, Suhs - KISS Alive Forever), so it's only a minor discrepancy.

The song would also get a rare (by that point) song-writing contribution from Ace Frehley. According to Bob Ezrin, Gene didn't care much for the song, notably some of the effects that Bob put on the track. The changes were no limited to effects, and Dick Wagner apparently performed some lead guitar overdubs on the solo section. See also "Mad Dog" in the "Box Set" section.

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