KISS
Crazy Nights


1.5
very poor

Review

by Pedro B. USER (303 Reviews)
January 22nd, 2010 | 19 replies | 10,484 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: THESE ARE CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAAAAZY NIG...oh yeah, the rest sucks.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Whoo! Here’s another song for everybody out there!

Huh? Oh, hey guys…is it review time already?...Oh, okay…

*Ahem*

So, welcome everyone, today we are here to talk about KISS’s 1987 opus, Crazy Nights. Now, as we all know, the 80’s hadn’t been kind to KISS, with formation changes and a severe lack of inspiration giving birth to horrendously putrid albums and faltering tour audiences. 1985’s Asylum had at least shown a bit of spark, but had been as ignored as anything the band had done since the halcyon days of Love Gun. So with Crazy Nights, the group intensified their efforts to be like the bands they had inspired, taking their followerism to the next level.

They try to tell us that we don’t belong, but that’s all right, we’re millions stro-ong…

Um, where were we? Oh yes, the sound. Well, everything in this album is derivative of other bands of the period, from the pristine production by Ron Nevison – probably the best in KISS’s career – to the sound itself, which takes a page from Danger Danger, Bon Jovi and Survivor. In fact, if anything, the references are outdated: Bon Jovi and Survivor themselves had been doing this – a lot better – for around five years at the time.

In fact, even the riffs are blatant rip-offs: notice how the intro chords of Bang Bang You sound suspiciously similar to the main guitar riff on AC/DC’s You Shook Me All Night Long. Not to mention Turn On The Night’s keyboard riff is exactly the same as Bon Jovi’s She Don’t Know Me, from their self-titled 1984 debut. Finally, probably through the influence of Nevison himself, the keyboard lines on Reason To Live are similar tp those on a Heart song, a group which Nevison had helped revitalize.

THESE ARE CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY NIGHTS!!!! OH YEAH!!!

Uh…excuse me. Now, then, to talk about the songs. The album does start off very well, with the title track – absolutely KISS’s best song since I Love It Loud and the irresistibly cheesy, Danger Danger-esque Bang Bang You, another gigantic chorus that goes toe-to-toe with that of the title track and doesn’t come out any worse. Finally, we have No No No (not a Deep Purple cover), a straight-out slab of fast-rockin’ heavy metal that shows KISS still have a little fire in them.

The problem is, whatever momentum these few songs, and other decent ones such as When The Walls Come Down, manage to gain is immediately undercut by the vortex of suck that is the rest of the album. The remaining seven songs are, at their best, bland and nondescript (Good Girl Gone Bad, Thief in The Night, Hell Or High Water) and, at their worst, turgid. The main offenders are I’ll Fight Hell To Hold You, My Way and Reason To Live, three songs which should not be allowed to exist on this or any other album. Slightly better, if only for the infuriatingly catchy chorus, is Turn On The Night; however, it is still pretty bad.

You are my people, you are my crowd, this is our music, we like it lo-oud…!

Um…sorry again for that…Now, let’s discuss the musicianship. Everyone plays it quite straight, and Bruce Kulick shows considerable chops, mostly on No No No, but also on the intro (and outro) to I’ll Fight Hell To Hold You and on the solo to Reason To Live. However, his work seems almost squandered on such a crappy album. As for Paul Stanley, he seems struck by a strange syndrome I’ve dubbed the “Survivor syndrome”. As a result of this condition, he sounds exactly like Survivor’s first singer – the one who recorded The Eye Of The Tiger – which only helps heighten the already blatant similarities.

So in conclusion, this is another KISS album to stay away from. It may have more real standouts than the previous three albums put together, but the rest is so woeful that it ends up dragging the standouts down, in a typical case of squandered potential. So I would recommend you go download the title track (or, if you want to write a focused review, don’t) and leave the rest alone. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll just change the track here, and we can go on talking…

I’M GONNA BANG BANG YOUUUU!

Oh damn.

Recommended Tracks
Crazy Crazy Nights
Bang Bang You
No, No, No



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PanasonicYouth
January 22nd 2010



7411 Comments


this must be taxing on your ears doing all of this kiss
i weep for you

BigHans
January 22nd 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I thought "i'd Fight Hell to Hold You" was cool back in the day. That was a long time ago.

dylantheairplane
January 22nd 2010



2166 Comments


bang bang you for this great review

Greggers
January 22nd 2010



2375 Comments


CRAAAAZY NIG


Nothing like a bit of unintentional racism

DiceMan
January 22nd 2010



7068 Comments


CRAAAAZY GREG

Nothing like a bit of unintentional intelligencefail.

KILL
January 22nd 2010



71372 Comments


musicaddiction101 nothing like a bit of suck

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

ReturnToRock
January 22nd 2010



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

adding the H would have excused the last three comments

actually I don't think this was one of my best reviews. I failed to convey how some of these songs wouldn't even have made it into the soundtrack of a bad 80's road trip/romance movie, and just HOW similar to Survivor songs the different tracks were (answer: very).

also, i failed to point out the occasionally very clever lyrics, a surprise considering which band we're talking about...

but thanks for the feedback!

Lakes.
January 22nd 2010



26617 Comments


The review was a little awkward. :S

Digging: BABYMETAL - Babymetal

LepreCon
January 22nd 2010



3882 Comments


Fact: I'm the only person on this site who likes this album

Digging: Overkill - White Devil Armory

KILL
January 22nd 2010



71372 Comments


you and dickhardy can be best friends rofl

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2010



8327 Comments


you have no idea how hard I laughed over that KILL, no idea LOL

Dreamsoffew
January 22nd 2010



1002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Fact: I'm the only person on this site who likes this album"

Wrong. And personally, I think the review's pretty bad. Nothing to do with the rating at all, but it's written pretty childishly.


EverythingEvil2113
January 23rd 2010



1279 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Idk I guess I'm a terrible example when it comes to analyzing Kiss because of my history of loving the band since I was a kid but I got to say that I love these guys, regardless of how cheesy (or some may say terrible) they are. I can't help but love everything they've done even when I know full well that it's terrible. Hard to explain but I'm sure you get what I mean.

Piglet
January 23rd 2010



4653 Comments


Given your user name i would have thought that you love KISS

mangamusicfan
September 18th 2012



22 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Ill fight hell to hold you is one of the best kiss songs ever

Titan
February 21st 2013



4840 Comments


this album ends on a very high note....last 4 tracks are sweet

mark7477
October 19th 2013



392 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

The worst kiss album I've ever listen to it's just fluff and makes the elder sound like a classic it's that bad LOL.

facupm
February 16th 2014



7383 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

carnival of souls is worse

danielcardoso
August 27th 2014



1898 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Besides the title track and Thief In The Night, this is a very bad album.



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