Kiss

Firehouse

Composed by Paul Stanley

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This moody mid-tempo rocker shows off the strong British rock influence that informed a lot of Kiss' early material. The lyrics take direct inspiration from "Fire Brigade," a U.K. hit for the Move, as they chronicle a young man whose passion for a tempting young lass is strong enough to be explosive: "Get the firehouse/'Cause she sets my soul a-fire/Get the firehouse/'Cause the flames keep getting higher." The music has a feel reminiscent of early Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones' heavier songs as it places an accent on lascivious, swinging rhythms in its verses and choruses. Kiss' recorded version benefits from a tight arrangement that pushes the song's pop hooks to the fore: Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons make great use of their falsetto harmonies over a bluesy hard rock backing that goes through plenty of twists as it layers low-slung guitar riffs over a throbbing beat. Ace Frehley also chimes in with one of his trademark stuttering-note guitar solos, and the song's cheeky feel is completed by fire-engine sound effects on its fade-out. All these touches added up to a fun rocker that has become an enduring staple of the Kiss live show, usually accompanied by warning lights and a live fire engine siren at its climax.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Kiss 1974 Universal
Alive! 1975 Universal
No Image 1976 Casablanca 3:17
No Image 1977 Fan
Double Platinum 1978 Universal Music 3:18
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! 1996 Island/Def Jam / Universal 4:01
No Image 1997 Sumo Records 3:59
No Image 1999 Heartbreakers 4:45
The Box Set 2001 Mercury / Universal 4:37
Gold: 1974-1982 - Sound+Vision 2004 Universal 3:17
Chronicles 2005 Mercury 3:19
Love Gun: Live at River Plate Stadium, Argentina 2005 Mega Ent. & Records
KISSology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vol. 1: 1974-1977 2006 VH1 Classic Records
Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 2006 Island / Universal 4:00
KISSology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vol. 2: 1978-1991 2007 Eagle Vision
KISSology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vol. 3: 1992-2000 2007 Eagle Vision
The Complete Collection 2008 Mercury / Island / Universal 3:17
Alive: The Millennium Concert 2008 Mercury / Universal
Kissology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vols. 1-3 2009 Def Star
Kiss/Hotter Than Hell 2010 Mercury
5 Classic Albums 2013 Island / Mercury 3:18
The Ritz on Fire 2013 Rock Classics 3:18
Kiss 40 Years: Decades of Decibels 2014 Mercury Records / Universal 3:51
Agora Ballroom, 1974 Go Faster Records 4:02
No Image Polydor
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