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Hot in the Shade
Studio album by Kiss
Released October 17, 1989
Recorded July-August 1989
Genre Hard rock
Length 58:39
Label Mercury
Vertigo (Europe)
Producer Gene Simmons &
Paul Stanley
Professional reviews
Kiss chronology
Crazy Nights
Hot in the Shade

Hot in the Shade is a Kiss album released in 1989. It was certified Gold on December 20, 1989 by the RIAA.[1] It is the first Kiss studio album since 1981's Music From "The Elder" to feature three members singing lead on the album. It also marked the last Kiss album with drummer Eric Carr before his death in 1991.

Featuring 15 songs, Hot in the Shade contains the largest amount of material of any of Kiss's studio albums. Consequently, the album is also one of the band's longest, with a running time of nearly a full hour (58:39).

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley appeared in Kiss makeup for the first time since their 1983 unmasking in the video for "Rise to It." Although the scene with Gene and Paul in makeup took place in 1975, the costumes they used were historically inaccurate; Gene's was from the Unmasked (1980) era while Paul's was from Love Gun (1977).

Tommy Thayer, who co-wrote "Betrayed" and "The Street Giveth And The Street Taketh Away," eventually became Kiss's permanent lead guitarist in 2002, replacing Ace Frehley as "The Spaceman."

Kiss performed the song "Hide Your Heart" on their 1990 Hot in the Shade tour, which followed this album. Stanley would once again perform the song during his 2006-2007 Live to Win solo tour.

Aside from Kiss's performance of "Hide Your Heart" and the band's performance of "Forever" on Kiss Symphony: Alive IV, the album has been largely ignored on live shows following the reunion of the original lineup in the mid-1990s.


Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Rise to It"   Paul Stanley, Bob Halligan, Jr Paul Stanley 4:08
2. "Betrayed"   Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer Gene Simmons 3:38
3. "Hide Your Heart"   Stanley, Desmond Child, Holly Knight Stanley 4:25
4. "Prisoner of Love"   Simmons, Bruce Kulick Simmons 3:52
5. "Read My Body"   Stanley, Halligan Stanley 3:48
6. "Love's a Slap in the Face"   Simmons, Vini Poncia Simmons 4:04
7. "Forever"   Stanley, Michael Bolton Stanley 3:52
8. "Silver Spoon"   Stanley, Poncia Stanley 4:38
9. "Cadillac Dreams"   Simmons, Poncia Simmons 3:44
10. "King of Hearts"   Stanley, Poncia Stanley 4:26
11. "The Street Giveth and the Street Taketh Away"   Simmons, Thayer Simmons 3:34
12. "You Love Me to Hate You"   Stanley, Child Stanley 4:00
13. "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell"   Simmons, Poncia Simmons 3:52
14. "Little Caesar"   Eric Carr, Simmons, Adam Mitchell Eric Carr 3:08
15. "Boomerang"   Simmons, Kulick Simmons 3:30




Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 29[2]

Album - ARIA (Australia)

Year Chart Position
1989 Australian ARIA Album Chart 30[3]

Album - UK Albums Chart (United Kingdom)

Year Chart Position
1989 UK Albums Chart 35[4]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Hide Your Heart" Mainstream Rock Tracks 22[5]
The Billboard Hot 100 66[5]
1990 "Forever" Mainstream Rock Tracks 17[5]
The Billboard Hot 100 8[5]
"Rise To It" Mainstream Rock Tracks 40[5]
The Billboard Hot 100 81[5]

Sales accomplishments

RIAA certification[1] (United States)

Date Designation Total Sales
December 20, 1989 Gold 500,000

CRIA certification[6] (Canada)

Date Designation Total Sales
January 30, 1990 Gold 50,000
Platinum 100,000


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Simple English

Hot in the Shade is a studio album by the American hard rock/heavy metal band Kiss. It was released on October 17, 1989.

Track listing

  • Rise To It
  • Betrayed
  • Hide Your Heart
  • Prisoner Of Love
  • Read My Body
  • Love's A Slap In The Face
  • Forever
  • Silver Spoon
  • Cadillac Dreams
  • King Of Hearts
  • The Street Giveth And The Street Taketh Away
  • You Love Me To Hate You
  • Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell
  • Little Caesar
  • Boomerang

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