Kiss is one of the most famous hard rock bands of all time and Gene Simmons is one of the most known bass players in the business. You’ve probably heard the band’s classic tune “Strutter” many times, but now you have the chance to hear his good isolated bass track.
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“Strutter” is a song Kiss, released in 1974 on their self-titled debut album, Kiss. It was the third single released from the album and failed to chart.
The album was recorded at Bell Sound Studios in New York City, which was owned by the company that owned Buddah Records. Neil Bogart, founder of Casablanca Records, was an executive at Buddah prior to forming Casablanca. Casablanca Records held a party at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles to celebrate the West Coast release of Kiss (February 18) and to introduce the record company to the press and other record industry executives.
In keeping with the Casablanca theme, the party included palm trees and a Humphrey Bogart lookalike. Kiss performed their usual loud and bombastic stage show, which turned Warner Bros. Records (Casablanca’s record distributor) against the group. Soon after the show, Warner Bros. contacted Neil Bogart and threatened to end their deal with Casablanca if Kiss did not remove their makeup. With manager Bill Aucoin’s backing, Kiss refused. Shortly after the release of Kiss, Warner Bros. released Casablanca from their contract.
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