Produced by Sean Delaney and Gene Simmons. Recorded at The Manor, Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxfordshire, England; Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, CA; and Blue Rock Studio, New York City, NY, April - July 1978. Mixed at Trident Studios, London, England, by Mike Stone, John Brand, Allen Douglass and Frank D'Amico. The album was originally intended to the titled "Man of 1,000 Faces," but the overall marketing plan for the four solo albums changed that. Early pressings include "Something seem larh" etched into the wax as part of an inside joke.
Chart Peak (USA): #22 (1/6/79) with 22 weeks on charts. Other countries: AUZ #32; CAN #21; JAP #24.
"Gene Simmons" was certified gold and platinum by the RIAA on 10/2/78. It has sold over 31,000 copies since the SoundScan era commenced in 1991. The album was certified gold by the CRIA (Canada) for sales of 50,000 copies on 12/1/78. Contemporaneously, Casablanca had shipped 1,391,411 copies of Gene's album by the end of June 1979, the most of any of the solo albums.
"Radioactive" was performed by KISS during the 1979 "Return of KISS" tour. "See You Tonite" was a common song performed on the 1995 convention tour and appeared on the "MTV Unplugged" album. Parts of other songs were attempted on occasion.
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