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Rock And Roll All Nite

Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons

As was commonplace with many songs credited to both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, "Rock And Roll All Nite" was a hybrid of two separate ideas. Paul had written a chorus at the Continental Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles at the end of the "Hotter Than Hell" tour. According to Paul, "When I came up with the chorus for 'rock and roll all night, and party every day,' I knocked on Gene's door and said, 'I think I've got it, this so-called anthem we need.' Gene came and said, 'Well, I have this song, 'Drive Us Wild.'' We put them together and lo and behold had a song that spawned a whole viewpoint, which was writing a song that embodied the philosophy of the band and the people who love the band" (Billboard - Clay Marshall).

The song was ultimately a result of Neil Bogart's suggestion that the band needed to write an anthem, a song the "fans could rally behind" (Box Set liners), similar to Sly and the Family Stone's "I Want To Take You Higher." Paul felt that the song was more than just an anthem, even though it was, "Based on the idea of us needing an anthem or rallying cry for our fans. I felt that 'rock and roll all nite and party every day' really captured that, and when Gene had put his verse to it I thought that very much was what Kiss was about" (Rolling Stone).

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