October 1974: KISS Get "Hotter Than Hell" for Halloween

Kiss Performs at Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom - July 18, 1974
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In October 1974, legendary shock-rock outfit KISS was still just getting started. On the very same day that the band released second studio effort, Hotter than Hell, they also dropped the album’s one and only single: “Let Me Go, Rock ‘n’ Roll.” On the B-side was the album’s title track. Perfect for free-form FM radio DJs to spin for Halloween atmosphere on the air. The song’s down and dirty groove was basically a rework of Free’s “All Right Now,” according to songwriter Paul Stanley. 

 

With KISS being one of the most recognizable band of characters this side of the Avengers, their iconic images have become Halloween costume staples. With the band’s music often just as spooky (“God of Thunder” is legit terrifying), drop a couple of tracks into the Halloween party mix. There’s bound to be a Gene Simmons somewhere in the house. Perfect entrance music for the crew that hits the night dressed as the band circa 1974. Boo!

 

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