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Tough Love

Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick, Bob Ezrin

Described by Bob Ezrin, "As nasty and hard as it sounds" (Strike #26). According to Bruce, "It started out with some sort of low riff thing that I had and then we all worked on it, and new stuff developed from it. Paul had the title idea, the chorus, the theme. I was happy that everybody liked and worked out. It's kind of ominous, but not deathlike or anything like that, tough I guess" (KISS Crazy #12). Lyrically, the song would start with the "I'm gonna take you down" lyric and develop from that point. Paul analyzes the song thus: "'Tough Love' is just basically a one on one kind of thing and saying to somebody we have a special kind of relationship that's not just the norm, but we do things that other people think are kind of taboo. We like to do the things that others fantasize, and for me love is more than just soft, you know, give me tough love, give me love with a little more edge to it" (BBC, 1992). This would also be a song to feature Jesse Damon on backing vocals. Bruce Kulick played bass on the recording.

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