Goin' Blind

Composed by Gene Simmons / Steven Coronel

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This surprisingly moody slab of heavy rock provided Hotter Than Hell with one of its most enduring high points. "Goin' Blind" is a reworked version of a pre-Kiss song originally entitled "Little Lady" whose lyrics deal with the doomed relationship between an old man and a very young girl: "And I know how it should be/There is nothing more for you and I/Some are young and some are free/But I think I'm goin' blind." Although these lyrics later work in a goofy punch line of "I'm 93, you're 16," the overall feel is one of doomed romanticism. The music matches the emotional heaviness of the lyrics with an intense melody built on yearning, minor-key verses and a cathartic chorus whose ornate twists give it an almost Japanese feel. Kiss' recording of "Goin' Blind" is mournful yet heavy: Gene Simmons unleashes the lyrics with an anguished howl over a sludgy backing driven by guitar riffs heavy enough for a Black Sabbath record and half-speed drumming. Ace Frehley tops the song off with one of his finest guitar solos, a searing blast of quicksilver riffing that perfectly capture the song's pained mood in instrumental form. "Goin' Blind" was never issued as a single but quickly became a favorite with Kiss fans and has been faithfully covered by such bands as Dramarama and Dinosaur Jr.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Hotter Than Hell 1974 Universal
No Image 1976 Casablanca 3:36
No Image 1996 Polygram
The Box Set 2001 Mercury / Universal 3:37
Kiss Symphony: Alive IV 2003 Kiss Records / Sanctuary 3:38
Kiss Symphony: The DVD 2003 Sanctuary
Kiss Symphony: The Single Disc 2003 Sanctuary 3:34
Chronicles 2005 Mercury 3:37
Greatest Kiss 2005 Mercury / Universal 3:36
KISSology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vol. 3: 1992-2000 2007 Eagle Vision
Kissology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vols. 1-3 2009 Def Star
Kiss/Hotter Than Hell 2010 Mercury
No Image 2016 Eagle Rock 3:41
Kiss Rocks Vegas 2016 Eagle Rock
No Image Polydor
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