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!"
Paul Stanley of Kiss wrote this song and sang lead. He had a ready answer in interviews when asked what it's about: "A love gun is the gun you're born with, that never comes off."
Stanley wrote this song on a flight to Japan. "That was written in my head, the whole thing," he said in the 2004 book KISS: Behind the Mask. "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."
This is the title track to the sixth studio album by Kiss. Their albums Alive! (1975) and Destroyer (1976) had both gone Gold, and they were leaning into their image of swaggering theatrical rockers with a legion of fans that fed off the critics that were always slagging off the band. Most of their fans were teenage boys, but they had made inroads in other demographics, including women who could see the humor of a song like "Love Gun."
Kiss' producer, Eddie Kramer, played keyboards on this song. Paul Stanley played bass, which was typically the domain of Gene Simmons.
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."
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