KISS: They've rocked to the top with 12 platinum albums.
The RIAA, the Recording Industry Association of America, is a trade body that represents the interests of the recorded music businesses in the United States. This is a list of KISS's 12 platinum albums.
Destroyer was released on March 15, 1976 and was certified platinum on November 11, 1976.
Bob Ezrin states, “When the song Beth was first played for me, it was bouncier, with almost a country or rockabilly vibe to it. It was also a little chauvinistic, like they were saying, ‘Me and the boys, we got something going on. You can sit there and wait.’ It was also called ‘Beck'."
“I asked them if it was OK for me to take it home to mess around a little bit, and Peter [Criss] said it was fine with him. I came up with the piano thing, which started to define it as more romantic and sensitive, so I changed the lyrics. First, I called it ‘Beth,’ and then I added stuff about ‘our house is not our home, along with a sense of sadness and loss about the death of the relationship. But that line ‘I hope you’ll be all right’ – that was important.
“I played it for everybody, and they thought it sounded good and that we should try it. I don’t think they realized how important it would be for them until they heard it being recorded during the orchestra date. I played piano on it – they’d heard my piano part before. But the orchestra really made them think, ‘Wow, this is going to be important."
Rock and Roll Over
Rock and Roll Over was released on November 11, 1976 and went platinum on November 11 1976. Like many of their early albums, KISS recorded Rock And Roll Over in less than two months. Released at the peak of the band’s popularity, the album entered the Billboard album chart at No. 11, thanks in part to the singles “Hard Luck Woman” and “Calling Dr. Love.” Stanley originally wrote the former with the intention of giving it to Rod Stewart, who no doubt would have turned it into a top-charting hit. But Simmons convinced Stanley to keep the song for KISS, so Stanley gave it to Criss, and the number became a Top 20 song on the Singles chart. “Calling Dr. Love” fared even better, peaking at No. 16 on the Billboard chart. Simmons wrote the song at a Holiday Inn in Evansville, Indiana and the title was inspired by a hospital intercom announcement in the Three Stooges film Men in Black
Love Gun was released on June 30, 1977 and also went platinum on the same day.
Love Gun was the first Kiss album to feature all four members on lead vocals, with Criss signing of his younger trouble-making days in "Hooligan" and Frehley turning in one of his career highlights with "Shock Me." Inspired by an accidental onstage electrocution, the guitarist wrote the track and then gave into his bandmates' positive peer pressure to take the lead, although he was reportedly so nervous he sang the track lying flat on his back in the studio.
Alive II was released on October 14, 1977 and went platinum on November 28, 1977.
Simmons fared better with the dramatically paced "Larger Than Life," but it was Frehley who stole the show with his not-so-subtlety titled "Rocket Ride." Unfortunately, in one of the biggest signs of disharmony within the group to date, the guitarist did not play on the other four new tracks.
Double Platinum was released on April 2, 1978 and was certified platinum on May 16, 1978.
Because neither Kiss nor Casablanca ever did anything on a small scale, Double Platinum was launched with a high-profile television campaign. "The Kiss Double Platinum album, a tribute unprecedented in music history," intoned a voiceover before label head Bogart, dressed in a tux, is introduced to present the artwork for the album. “For the success story of the decade, Casablanca honors Kiss with Double Platinum!” he declares.
The Paul Stanly solo album was released on September 18, 1978 and went platinum on October 2, 1978. The album reached #40 on the U.S. Billboard album chart. It also has the distinction of being the only album of the four Kiss solo albums to feature all original songs, as Simmons, Criss and Frehley each recorded one cover song on their albums.
The Peter Criss solo album was released on September 18, 1978 and went platinum on October 2, 1978.
The album would be the lowest charting of all the Kiss solo albums of 1978, reaching #43 on the US Billboard album chart. On the other hand, it also had the distinction of being the only album of the four to have two singles released from it: "Don't You Let Me Down" and "You Matter to Me".
The Ace Frehley solo album was released on September 18, 1978 and went platinum on October 2, 1978.
"New York Groove" rose to #13 on the US Billboard chart, the highest showing for a Kiss single since "Beth" in 1976, until the song "I Was Made for Lovin' You" a year later (#11). The album itself reached #26 on the US Billboard album chart. It was certified Platinum on October 2, 1978, when it sold 1,000,000 copies.
The Gene Simmons solo album was released on September 18, 1978 and went platinum on October 2, 1978. The album reached #22 on the US Billboard album chart, making it the highest placing of all the four "Kiss" solos of 1978. Although he is the bass player in KISS, on his solo album he played mainly electric and acoustic guitars, leaving the bass duties to Neil Jason.
lick it up
Lick it Up was released on September 23, 1983 and was certified platinum on December 22, 1983.
The band's original lineup was reduced by half, and their commercial standing had suffered an incredibly sharp decline. So they decided to make a drastic, previously unthinkable change in order to save their careers. They took off their trademark makeup and revealed their real faces on the cover of their 1983 comeback album Lick It Up.
Animalize was released on September 17, 1984 and was certified platinum on December 3, 1984.
The album marked the only appearance by lead guitarist Mark St. John , who replaced Vinnie Vincent in April 1984. St. John stated that when recording this record he had utilized his Rockman gear, and that heavy equalization was used to take the "Boston" sound out of the recording. He would be forced to leave Kiss during the subsequent tour after being diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome. By November 1984, he was out of the band, the third lead guitarist to exit the band in two years.
Smashes thrashes and hits
Smashes Thrashes and Hits was released on November 15, 1988 and went platinum on February 1, 1989. It was the third hits album overall but the second such album released by the band in the United States. Of the 15 songs on the album, two were new compositions and three were released after the band's unmasking in 1983. The remaining ten were all released during the band's years in makeup.