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.