Detroit Rock City
by Kiss

Album: Destroyer (1976)
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  • [spoken radio broadcast]
    Congressional reports, President Ford says that he's disappointed with Congress's performance. In Detroit, a Pontiac, Michigan, youth was reported dead at the scene of a head-on collision on Grand Avenue this morning. The youth was reportedly driving on the wrong side of the boulevard when he struck a delivery truck and was catapulted through the windshield of his car. The driver of the truck is reported to be uninjured. The identities of both men are being withheld by local police. County legislatives today are expected to rally to the aid of striking longshoremen in hopes of ending the nine-month deadlock.

    [Song "Rock And Roll All Nite" plays]

    I feel uptight on a Saturday night
    Nine o' clock, the radio's the only light
    I hear my song and it pulls me through
    Comes on strong, tells me what I got to do
    I got to

    Get up
    Everybody's gonna move their feet
    Get down
    Everybody's gonna leave their seat
    You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City

    Get up
    Everybody's gonna move their feet
    Get down
    Everybody's gonna leave their seat

    Getting late
    I just can't wait
    Ten o'clock and I know I gotta hit the road
    First I drink, then I smoke
    Start up the car, and I try to make the midnight show

    Get up
    Everybody's gonna move their feet
    Get down
    Everybody's gonna leave their seat

    Movin' fast, doin' 95
    Hit top speed but I'm still movin' much too slow
    I feel so good, I'm so alive
    I hear my song playin' on the radio
    It goes

    Get up
    Everybody's gonna move their feet
    Get down
    Everybody's gonna leave their seat

    Twelve o'clock, I gotta rock
    There's a truck ahead, lights starin' at my eyes
    Oh my God, no time to turn
    I got to laugh 'cause I know I'm gonna die

    Get up
    Everybody's gonna move their feet
    Get up
    Everybody's gonna leave their seat Writer/s: PAUL STANLEY, ROBERT A. EZRIN
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 20

  • Paul W from Columbus, OhioWhile this was a good song, I was in love with a "Beth" at the time. I thought we had a good thing going until the talk of marriage became prevalent. My pride said no and I walked away. I was married to race cars at the time and had second thoughts and feelings of guilt from my poor decision. We have not communicated since and my racing career dwindled along with my victories. There are many ways to learn and failure is easier than I thought and life is good now but I wonder what life could have been if I said "yes."
  • Warmfart from Phillythis is the most awesome song you can sing, I like the kiss, I don't believe the critics when say kiss means kids in satanic services, I know I don't like the stantic, how can be true. the records and the song and plays the music when you put the needle down, nowhere else in the unitverse can you play the music so easily. Detroit rock city, where else can you drive and die with great music peter criss, ace spaceman, paul Stanley and jeans simmons all our kiss.
  • Henrik Munkenbeck from Detroit (rock City)I grew up just outside detroit and I loved this song growing up. Me and my dad would sing it in the car. One time we got pulled over by a cop because he thought my dad was having a seizure because of how hard he was banging his head
  • Cubby Thomson from Sarasota, Florida Awesome song. Really feel it build. Really sad ending. Wish the kid had have partied in the parking lot when he got there. Of course then there wouldn’t have been this really heartfelt song.
  • Scott Davenport from Albany NyThe radio broadcaster is Destroyer's producer: BOB EZRIN at the beginning of Detroit Rock City. Even Gene Simmons has noted on countless occasions, in interviews & on Social Media that he Is NOT the voice of the news caster on the opening of Destroyer. It is only Bob Ezrin. Simmons' only vocal contribution during the Opening Sequence of Detroit Rock City is when Ezrin plays Rock n Roll All Nite from KISS Alive on the car's radio.
    Ezrin has offered multiple voice characters on concept albums for other artists he's produced. It is quite easy to compare his voice to other voiced characters he's done on other albums he's produced. When an artist, who loves & adores the limelight states repeatedly that they did NOT contribute to something which is falsely attributed to him or, her: Believe them...
  • Dirk from Holland@Tim from Montreal you're wrong. It is Gene's voice on the newscast. You can tell by the slight errors in pronouncing the words disappointed and catapulted.
  • Tim from MontrealBob Ezrin voices the newscast - not Gene
  • Scott from UsaPeter Criss rocks the drums on this one.
  • Jonathan from Las Vegas, NvFavorite KISS song. after i heard the actual seriousness, it just made me like the song more. I love KISS and dont like the people who say that all KISS is is over-rated people in make-up and high-heels, u know what, take away all that, they still make great songs and have mad skill.
  • Luke from Dayton, OhI love the song and the movie, The movie is really funny
  • Axeman from Melbourne, AustraliaThere are a LOT of ignorant people in this world!
  • Jason from Denver, CoThe opening riff for this song came from the song ACROBAT, which later became LOVE THEME FROM KISS, on the first album. For those that have the KISS box set, listen to the song ACROBAT and you'll hear what is the influence for the DETROIT ROCK CITY opening riff.
    Also, Detroit is home of the GREATEST NHL hockey team....GO RED WINGS. That is NOT negotiable!!!!
  • Andrew from San Diego, Ca, CaSorry, Jim, but the "Spanish interlude" was Bob Ezrin's idea and he wrote it, according to an interview with Ezrin by David Konow, author of Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal. It wouldn't surprise me, however, if Simmons had a strong part in it (or at least takes some credit for it).
  • Terry from Chicago, IlIt is the best opening song for a concert in the history of rock. Powerful!
  • Michelle from Maplewood, Mni love this song even though the meaning of this song this song is about a kissfan who died when they were on the way to a kiss concert
  • Krista from Elyria, OhIf it was ANY KISS song, it would be Detroit Rock City
  • Jim from Indio, CaGene Simmons also came up with the idea for the "Spanish" type guitar solo. The others though he was crazy, but when he played it for them, it fit right in. He also said his bass playing duing the breaks in the verse were influenced by the song "Shaft"
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaTitle of a movie. Also, I had no idea of the song's serious content.
  • Clint from Trenton, OhPerfect example of really grim lyrics that almost always go unnoticed because the music is so upbeat.
  • Joe from Bellingham, Wai can't belive no one comented this! It's an incredible song that even had a movie about it! Any kiss fan would agree, this song kicks ass!
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