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A World Without Heroes

Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Lou Reed, Bob Ezrin

This song evolved out of a piece that Paul had abandoned. Gene, however, liked the melody Paul had created, though not the sappy lyrics Paul had originally come up with for his song, "Every Little Bit Of My Heart." Gene took parts of it and with Bob Ezrin revamped it into what became the album's sole single in the United States. The title came from Lou Reed simply writing down idea phrases and possible song titles on a scrap of scrap paper that caught Gene's attention. According to sample artwork for the abandoned "Exposed II" video cassette (1992) a version of the song exists with Lou Reed on lead-vocals. The song would also be KISS' first full concept video, due to being an artistically shot performance piece ending with a tear from the Demon's eye. This is in contrast to the pseudo-live performance videos which the band had first used for promotional purposes in 1975 ("Shandi" is partially concept mixed with performance).

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