Simmons - The Vault 1966 - 2016 - Disk 09
Disk 09 -
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It's Gonna Be Alright 
Simmons / Mikel Japp
Gonna Be Alright #2 [1985
Simmons / Mikel Japp
Everybody Knows #1 [1988 ?]
Everybody Knows #2 [.....]
All I Want 
With Painted Faces 
Darren Leader /Simmons
I Wanna Rule The World [1997 ?]
Rule The World #2 [1993/1994]
Simmons / Van Zen
Damn, I'm Good [1993/1994 ?]
10 Dial L
For Love 
/ Mitchell / Carr
Like The Movies #1 [1979/1980]
Simmons / Bishop
12 I Know
Who You Are
14 Are You
Always This Hot 
on "The Vault - disk 09"
Gene Simmons (bass and vocals; all
instruments on track 11, 13;
all instruments except for drums on track 12)
Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, lead guitar, backing vocals on
Bruce Kulick (guitar on track 02, 10, 14)
Tommy Thayer (guitar on track 03)
Eric Carr (drums on track 10)
Eric Singer (drums on track 09)
Mikel Japp (guitar on track 01)
Joe X (drums on track 12)
Track 06 demoed with Darren Leader
"The Vault - disk 09"
01. It’s Gonna Be Alright (1982)
Based on a guitar lick by Mikel Japp, the song is demoed with
Mitch Weissman and Mikel Japp at Mikel Japp’s kitchen. Mikel
Japp met Gene Simmons for the first time at SIR Studios while
the band was rehearsing material for KISS “Killers”(1982).
The song was one of the songs Gene offered to British band
HEAVY PETTIN while Gene Simmons was on
location filming "Runaway". The cover and spine of this Maxell
Epilaxial UDXL 90 cassette include Gene's handwriting and is
dated 9-14-83. The cassette sleeve was originally the sleeve for
WENDY O' WILLIAMS demos from Right Track Recording in New York.
02. It’s Gonna Be Alright #2 (1985 ?)
An updated demo with Bruce Kulick on guitar.
SMASHED GLADYS eventually recorded a version of the song
titled “Give It All You Got” on their Gene Simmons involved 1985
03. Everybody Knows #1 (1988 ?)
This song was originally released on a bonus CD in the lunch box
version of the audio book for Gene's book "Sex
Money KISS” and on the Japanese
version of Gene's 2004 “Asshole”
album. The version on The Vault is identical through the first
45 seconds, then the arrangement and lyrics change. Featuring
Tommy Thayer on a 12 string guitar mimicking Ace Frehley’s intro
of “Rock Bottom”.
04. Everybody Knows #2 (1991/1994 ??)
This is a grungier version of the previous demo with a different
arrangement and vocal delivery. According “The Vault” book ,
with the grungier, Seattle-like feel, it was the first thing
Gene Simmons played Bob Dylan when they sat down.
05. You’re All I Want (1977)
Previously released on the KISS 2011 “Box set”, though from a
different master, this recording features a slight arrangement
change. With Paul Stanley on rhythm- and lead guitar, chorus
harmonies, the two demoed the song while on tour.
The song also appears on a demo compilation of Gene Simmons
ideas dated 1979.
While this song ended on KISS 1980 “Unmasked” album, this 1977
demo version sounds like it would fit on Gene Simmons’ 1978 solo
06. Kids With Painted Faces (May 2002)
Steel Panther drummer Darren Leader wrote the basic guitar track
and the song morphed from there, with Gene recycling elements of
“I Am Yours” (see
disk 6, track 09 and 10) and a lyric
from “Master Of Flash” (see
disk 2, track 05).
The song is demoed at Darren’s house with a small recording
This was the second song Gene Simmons demoed with Darren Leader.
07. I Wanna Rule The World (1997)
Demoed during the “Psycho Circus” sessions. This composition was
written with Ace Frehley in mind. According to Gene Simmons, the
song was very Mott The Hoople, crossed with a John Bonham (Led
Zeppelin) beat. The version on “The Vault” differs from the
leaked “Psycho Circus” material in that it is clearly a
08. Rule The World #2 (1993/1994)
This heavier and grungy version is demoed during the “Carnival
Of Souls” era, and features a small musical section that ended
up in the final arrangement of “I Walk Alone”.
09. Damn, I’m Good (1993/1994 ?)
This funky rock song is demoed with Eric Singer on drums, while
Gene Simmons handles the guitars, and bass himself.
10. Dial L For Love (1987)
Demoed with Eric Carr and Bruce Kulick during the Crazy Night
sessions with Gene Simmons on vocals. The demo on “The Vault”
sounds huge compared to the rough demo which was released in
2011 on Eric Carr’s “Unfinished
Business” album, which did not include
any completed vocals.
11. Just Like The Movies #1 (1979 /
After meeting solo artist Stephen Bishop, via Cher, the two
decided to try and write a song together, resulting to an odd
semi-disco song. Gene Simmons plays all of the instruments on
this demo. For the drums Gene used “Drumdrops” (which actually
were music cassettes you could buy where drummers would play
different feels for two or three minutes, some with Latin beats,
some with Rock beats). The song shares a break section that is
very similar musically to the one used on KISS “She’s So
European” (“Unmasked” 1980 album)
12. I Know Who You Are (1977/1978?)
Recorded at The Electric Lady Studios, New York City, with Joe X
from Starz on drums with Gene Simmons handling the rest of the
instrumentation (including piano) himself.
The basic chards and melody of this demo later became “Living In
Sin” on Gene Simmons 1978 solo album.
13. Sweet Temptation (1979/1980)
Gene Simmons plays all of the instruments on this demo, with the
addition of a drum machine. Verse and break melody elements of
this demo would be recycled by Bob Ezrin for 1981’s “The Elder”
version of “Only You”.
14. Are You Always This Hot (1987)
This up-tempo rocker, featuring Bruce Kulick on guitars, is the
12th-song recorded for the “Crazy Nights” album. The song title
was originally used by Adam Mitchell for a solo composition used
in "The World According to Garp" theatrical movie release in
By the time Gene Simmons was working on material for the 1987
album, he decided that he liked Adam’s title and suggested that
the two write a new song using it.
15. Fourever (1978)
This song is recorded around the same time as “Bad Bad Lovin’ ”
disk 8, track 11).
This demo version with saxophones and female backing vocals
circulated in fan circles (bootleg albums) for decades. Unlike
the circulating demo a 10 second drum intro has been removed as
have roughly 20 seconds of the ending repetition of the chorus.