Crazy Nights – Kiss Album #14

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. Crazy Crazy Nights Paul Stanley, Adam Mitchell Stanley 3:47
2. I’ll Fight Hell to Hold You Stanley, Mitchell, Bruce Kulick Stanley 4:10
3. Bang Bang You Stanley, Desmond Child Stanley 3:53
4. No, No, No Gene Simmons, Kulick, Eric Carr Simmons 4:19
5. Hell or High Water Simmons, Kulick Simmons 3:28
6. My Way Stanley, Child, Bruce Turgon Stanley 3:58
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
7. When Your Walls Come Down Stanley, Mitchell, Kulick Stanley 3:25
8. Reason to Live Stanley, Child Stanley 4:00
9. Good Girl Gone Bad Simmons, Davitt Sigerson, Peter Diggins Simmons 4:35
10. Turn On the Night Stanley, Diane Warren Stanley 3:18
11. Thief in the Night Simmons, Mitch Weissman Simmons 4:07

Crazy Nights is the fourteenth studio album released in 1987 by Hard Rock band Kiss.

Between the release of Asylum 1985 and Crazy Nights were two years – until then the longest break between two Kiss studio albums. The sales of Asylum had been good, the tour was relatively successful, yet the band could not make big profits. To fill the gap between the releases, PolyGram released the band’s first home video, Exposed, on May 18, 1987, which contained a couple of 1980s video clips paired in a loose background storyline.

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons came to the conclusion that a “big” album was needed to rekindle interest in Kiss. They had both produced previous albums themselves and came to the conclusion that a well-known producer might be able to bring the band back on to the front. They chose Ron Nevison, who was known to have pushed the flagging careers of other artists with his productions (1984 Survivors Vital Signs, 1985 Hearts Heart or 1986 Ozzy Osbourne’s The Ultimate Sin) again.

Working title for the album was Who Dares … Wins; in Japan, it was even advertised with this title shortly before the release. The production turned out very pop, but the band put more emphasis on musical quality than simply bringing a new product to the market.

The band completed thirteen tracks for the album, but only eleven of them were used. One of the songs that Bruce Kulick and Paul Stanley had written, Sword and Stone, was recorded in 1991 by the German band Bonfire for their album Point Blanc and provided for the soundtrack to Wes Craven’s film Shocker. The second unused title was Hide Your Heart, written by Paul Stanley with Desmond Child and Holly Knight. Hide Your Heart was re-recorded and released for the 1989 release Hot in the Shade. The song Thief in the Night, which Gene Simmons had written with Mitch Weissman, had been recorded in 1984 by Wendy O. Williams for her album W. O. W.

Crazy Nights is the band’s first fully digitally recorded album.

The cover of the album showed the circular photos of the band members on a broken mirror. The images used for this had been taken by the photographer Walter Wick, as well as the group photo in black and white on the inner shell of the record. Similar to the album Rock and Roll Over, the band logo had been positioned at each corner. On the back of the cover of Mark Weiss and Glen La Ferman recorded individual photos of the members, each taking a quarter of the record shell. In the middle was the Chikara symbol (力), already used in 1974 for the album Hotter Than Hell, which was placed between the titles of the A- and the B-side.

For the CD edition, the text page contained in the LP edition, which was located on the back of the inner cover, was omitted. The CD contained only a four-page insert with the cover photo on the front, the group photo on the left and the Chikara symbol on the right inside and the single photos on the back. In contrast to the LP edition, the group photo was colored on the CD.

The album was released on September 14, 1987, it reached number 29 in Billboards Top 40 album charts and 17th place in the separately-held CD charts.