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Love Gun by Kiss
Album: Love GunReleased: 1977Charted:
Paul Stanley said of this song: "I wrote 'Love Gun' while on a plane to Japan. That was written in my head, the whole thing. And then when we landed, I had to play it to make sure it worked and it was all there. I think most of the time when you write songs that are great, you know it. I always thought 'Love Gun' was a great song, and today, I still think it is a tremendous song. It's probably the song I enjoy performing the most. To me, 'Love Gun' is quintessential KISS and probably one of the five essential signature songs. I played bass on the song. I was at a point where I liked going to Electric Lady recording studios and recording demos on my own and coming up with the parts and arrangements. With some songs it was clearly a matter of giving people parts to play because the vision I had was complete. A song was not only a song but it was an arrangement. So it was easier to go into the studio and say here's what the picture looked like. If I remember, no one was available to come and play bass, which was all the better. The bass part just made sense. We did the song 'Love Gun' on May 18th and on the 19th we did the vocals."
Perhaps the best explanation of this song's lyrical content comes in the 2008 movie Role Models, where Seann William Scott's character is court-ordered to join a Big Brothers-like program and gets a very difficult and rambunctious boy. He finally manages to bond with the kid by introducing him to Kiss, and when he plays this song, he tells him: "Paul Stanley wrote it about his dick. Seriously, this song is called 'Love Gun.' And it's about Paul Stanley's dick, and how this girl's gonna get some of his dick!"
The Spinal Tap song "Big Bottom
" makes a play on this with they lyrics, "My love gun's loaded and she's in my sights. Big game is waiting there inside her tights."