- The Rolling Stones inspired one of Kiss’ songs.
- The chords for the song were taken from a song Gene Simmons wrote about a parrot.
- Kiss’ Paul Stanley felt like Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys when he wrote the track.
How a song about a parrot and the Rolling Stones inspired 1 of Kiss’ songs
In his 2014 book Facing the music: a life exposed, Stanley criticizes the first songs of Gene Simmons. Some of them had unusual titles such as “My mother is the most beautiful woman in the world”, “My uncle is a raft” and “Stanley the parrot”.
Afterwards, Stanley discussed making Kiss’ self-titled debut album. “Most of the time, Gene and I sat facing each other on the old wooden chairs, acoustic guitars on our laps,” he said. “Among the first things we worked on were ‘100,000 Years’, ‘Deuce’ and ‘Strutter’. The chords for ‘Strutter’ were from Gene’s old song ‘Stanley the Parrot. original song was a bit off, I always liked the chords in it.
Stanley discussed some of the influences behind “Strutter”. “We started trying to recast it in the Rolling Stones vein,” he said. “And the words just came to me.”
Why Paul Stanley felt like The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson when he wrote the song
Afterwards, Stanley explained how the women around him also inspired “Strutter.” “Of course, I wasn’t doing so well socially – I spent all my time rehearsing or driving a taxi, not hanging out in clubs,” he recalls.
“God knows, I didn’t have a girlfriend in fishnet stockings or satin,” he added. But I’ve seen hip women walking around the village, and I saw other groups with their girlfriends. For me, it was singing an ideal. I was celebrating something that I wasn’t really a part of. Stanley felt he sounded like Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, who wrote songs about surfing despite not being a surfer.
How Kiss ‘Strutter’ and its parent album performed on the US pop charts
“Strutter” was never a single in the United States. For this reason, it never appeared on the Billboard Hot 100. The tune appeared on the album Embracewhich reached No. 87 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for 23 weeks.
“Strutter” appeared on the compilation album The greatest kiss. The album peaked at number 77 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the charts for four weeks.
The Rolling Stones had a huge influence on other rock bands and Kiss’ “Strutter” wouldn’t be the same without them.