Lick It Up – Kiss Album #11

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. Exciter Paul Stanley, Vinnie Vincent Stanley 4:10
2. Not for the Innocent Gene Simmons, Vincent Simmons 4:22
3. Lick It Up Stanley, Vincent Stanley 3:56
4. Young and Wasted Simmons, Vincent Simmons 4:05
5. Gimme More Stanley, Vincent Stanley 3:43
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
6. All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose Eric Carr, Stanley, Simmons, Vincent Stanley 4:34
7. A Million to One Stanley, Vincent Stanley 4:17
8. Fits Like a Glove Simmons Simmons 4:04
9. Dance All Over Your Face Simmons Simmons 4:16
10. And on the 8th Day Simmons, Vincent Simmons 4:02

Lick It Up is the eleventh studio album by the US hardrock band Kiss. With the release of this album, the members of the group renounced the masks and costumes worn since 1973 and thereby gave up their trademark. At the same time, Lick It Up is the group’s first album to include Vinnie Vincent as a member of the band.

After exploring the world of pop-rock (Dynasty and Unmasked) and the unsuccessful attempt to reclaim Music from the Elder fans with the concept album, Kiss had re-entered the hard rock tracks of Creatures of the Night. Lead guitarist Ace Frehley left the band in 1982 and was replaced by Vinnie Vincent for the Creatures of the Night tour. In April 1982, the band had separated from their longtime manager Bill Aucoin, Danny Goldberg had subsequently taken over the task to advise Kiss as a “creative consultant”; in fact, he took over management tasks.

The band recorded the sequel to Creatures of the Night at four different studios in New York: Right Track Studios, Atlantic Studios, Hit Factory, and Record Plant Studios. No outsiders were allowed for the songwriting; only the members of the group were involved. In addition, the band renounced the inclusion of a cover version. Vinnie Vincent complained in interviews that he gave after being expelled from the band in 1984, that he was circumcised during the recording sessions of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, by getting precise instructions on how his game should sound. As a technically savvy and modern guitarist who loved shredding, this lack of freedom bothered him considerably. His attempts to break out of the guidelines, however, were unsuccessful: The solo, which he had recorded for the song Exciter, was replaced by Stanley and Simmons by recording a new solo that Rick Derringer grossed.

Goldberg advised the group to get rid of the masks and costumes, and he realized that MTV had to show their first appearance without their trademark. However, this was easier said than done, because MTV was not particularly convinced of the idea of ​​putting back into the limelight a 1970s successful group that had long since abandoned commercial success. In the end, those in charge at the station understood that if the band got rid of their past in a radical way, they would become part of something special. For Kiss, it was also a chance to connect with the world of MTV, with whom she had had virtually nothing to do so far. On September 18, 1983, the band performed at 11.30 pm for the first time without make-up and costumes in front of the cameras of the world’s increasingly popular music channel. Later, the event appeared in the list of the “100 greatest TV rock and roll moments” of the music channel VH1.

Lick It Up appeared five days after the media-effective unmasking on September 23, 1983 on record, MC and CD and became the most successful album of the group since Unmasked (1980). It was the first album since Unmasked to receive a Golden Record from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); in total about 800,000 copies were sold by then. Only in 1990, the band received a platinum award for a million units sold.

Singles released were Lick It Up and All Hell’s Breakin ‘Loose.

Despite the success of the album and single, the subsequent Lick It Up tour, which began on October 11, 1983 in Lisbon and ended on March 17, 1984 in Evansville, Indiana, was the least visited tour that ever headlined the band The average number of visitors was 5052 spectators. To save costs, the group continued to use the stage they had used on the previous tour.

After the end of the European tour on November 25, 1983 Vincent was dismissed, but immediately brought back into the group, because until the start of the North American tour on December 26, 1983 no replacement guitarist could have been found and incorporated. Vincent lost his job as guitarist of the band after the end of the North American tour on March 17, 1984.