“Crazy Nights” is the 14th studio album by American hard rock band, Kiss. It was released in 1987 and produced by Ron Nevison. The line-up for the album was Paul Stanley (vocals/guitar), Bruce Kulick (guitar), Gene Simmons (bass/vocals) and Eric Carr (drums).
While this is not the heaviest album Kiss has put out, it is good, fun rock. This one featured keyboards, which was a first for the band, but given the era, they did a bit of experimenting. The use of keyboards gave the overall sound of “Crazy Nights” more of a pop/metal sound than their usual hard rock sound. Not to worry, it is still full of strong solos, brilliant riffs and thundering drums as you have come to expect from Kiss. The band was originally going to call the album “Who Dares Wins”, but that name didn’t look good in print. That name did, however, manage to make it on some Japanese advertisements for the upcoming album.
Crazy Crazy Nights
This is a fist pumping rock anthem with a poppy, sing along chorus. It contains a brilliant solo from Bruce Kulick whose style is ever evolving magic. This track was a great choice to start things off with high energy.
I’ll Fight Hell to Hold You
This is hard rock blended with a pop harmony and more Bruce Kulick genius. Passionate vocals make you believe Paul Stanley would, indeed, fight hell to hold the woman. Thundering drums from Eric Carr give a heavy feel to this fast paced song.
Bang Bang You
This is an innuendo filled rocker of a song, all about making sure the woman knows the man’s intent with her. The riff is brilliant on this one. The chorus is catchy, making you want to sing along.
No, No, No
This is not the best track on the album, but it is up tempo with a somewhat catchy chorus. The stellar opening guitar solo and continuing guitar work is what saves it from being mediocre, and actually makes it a rather decent song.
Hell or High Water
This was co-written by Bruce Kulick. It contains a brilliant chorus riff, and a stellar solo. This one certainly showcases the brilliant things that can happen when Bruce picks up his guitar. Vocals are provided by Gene, giving it a bit of a growl.
This is all about doing things the way you want to do them, standing up for what you believe in and not changing who you are to suit other people. The guitar work is great. Although the synthesiser is okay, it just doesn’t really belong on a Kiss song.
When Your Walls Come Down
This track offers fun, creative lyrics about a woman who was a horrible girlfriend and the boyfriend is telling her how horrible she was after they split up. There is a very catchy riff in this one, and a fun chorus making it a good song even if the subject matter is a bit clichéd.
Reasons to Live
This is a top notch power ballad, and easily one of the best songs on the album. There is a brilliant guitar solo that gives the song more than enough backbone to keep it rocking. The chorus is as heartfelt as the verses and the whole thing is sung with passion and emotion.
Good Girls Gone Bad
This tells of a good girl with a bit of a wild side. The opening riff from Gene is just brilliant. The riff through the whole thing is heavy and the song contains a brilliant solo that makes the whole thing come alive. The catchy chorus will have you singing along.
Turn on the Night
The song offers yet more fantastic guitar work. The fast paced chorus fits well with the song, giving a great continuity. This one has a bit of a glam feel to it, but I suppose given the era it was written, that can be forgiven, because it is a good song, overall. There is a bit of attitude and passion to the vocals which keep it from being weak.
Thief in the Night
This is darker and more sinister, with vocals that only the God of Thunder can produce. Great guitar and bass riffs give this one a definite edginess to it. The drums are heavy and brilliant, and the chorus is catchy.
Although it isn’t their heaviest album by far, “Crazy Nights” is still a great effort by one of the best bands in the world. Some fans feel it isn’t a good effort by the guys because it isn’t heavy enough, but it can be easily recommended for anyone looking for some fun party rock. Kiss has never been out to make a big statement, or try to change the world. They are all about fun, the ladies and the rock ‘n roll, and that is what they provide album after album. This one offers some truly stellar guitar solos, courtesy of Bruce Kulick, and turns the heat up a bit because of them. As with all their albums, some songs contain innuendo, but they aren’t over the top.
- Crazy Crazy Nights
- I’ll Fight Hell to Hold You
- Bang Bang You
- No, No, No
- Hell or High Water
- My Way
- When Your Walls Come Down
- Reasons to Live
- Good Girl Gone Bad
- Turn on the Night
- Thief in the Night