Composed by Gene Simmons / Paul Stanley

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This churning rocker kicked off Kiss' debut album in fire-breathing style and quickly became one of the group's signature songs. "Strutter" was created when Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were jamming their way around a Stanley song called "Stanley the Parrot." Liking the groove they had created, they turned it into a new song that drew its lyrical inspiration from the well-dressed vixens they saw in the streets of New York: "Everybody says she's lookin' good/And the lady knows it's understood/Strutter!" The music puts its Rolling Stones-styled groove in the service of a glam rock style as it pairs syncopated, ascending verse melodies with a punchy two-note chorus that ends in a rousing shout of the song's title. Kiss' recording of "Strutter" is a good example of the band's tight sound: Simmons lays down the foundation with a walking bass line, Peter Criss throws in a few big-band-styled flourishes to flesh out the stomping beat, and Stanley and Ace Frehley create a muscular tapestry of circular guitar riffs that are punctuated by Frehley's searing leads. Stanley tops it off with a raw, exuberant lead vocal that is pure rock & roll excitement. The result is the kind of rocker designed to be played on the stage, preferably with a group of fans singing along, and this quality has made "Strutter" an enduring part of Kiss' live set. Kiss later re-recorded the song as "Strutter '78" for its Double Platinum compilation (it grafted a disco beat onto the song's scorching guitar rock theatrics) and was covered in a faithful style by Extreme for the Kiss tribute album Kiss My Ass.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Kiss 1974 Mercury / Casablanca 3:12
No Image 1976 Casablanca 3:10
Smashes, Thrashes & Hits 1988 Mercury 3:18
Greatest Hits [1998] 1996 Polygram 3:11
Greatest Kiss 1997 Mercury 3:12
The Box Set 2001 Mercury / Universal Distribution 4:58
The Very Best of Kiss 2002 UTV / Universal Distribution 3:13
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss 2003 Mercury 3:12
Gold: 1974-1982 - Sound+Vision 2004 Mercury 3:12
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [Box Set] 2004
Original Game Soundtrack
Geffen 3:09
Chronicles 2005 Mercury 3:12
Greatest Kiss 2005 Mercury 3:12
Playlist Plus 2008 Mercury 3:10
The Best of Kiss: Green Series 2008 Universal International
Favorites 2008 Island Def Jam Music Group 3:10
The Complete Collection 2008 Mercury / Island / Universal 3:10
Playlist Your Way 2008 Island 3:11
Legends of Rock 2009 Strategic Marketing / Universal 3:12
Icon 2010 Island / Mercury 3:12
Icon 2 2010 Island / Mercury 3:10
The Casablanca Singles: 1974-1982 2012 Mercury 3:12
5 Classic Albums 2013 Island / Mercury 3:12
No Image 2013 Def Jam / Island 3:10
Agora Ballroom, 1974 Go Faster Records 3:13
No Image Phantom
No Image Polydor