A remake of the 1979 Kiss classic “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” became a 2022 dance hit.
The new release comes courtesy of Oliver Heldens, a Dutch electronic music producer considered one of the best DJs in the world. Heldens originally created a “funk and disco inspired bass line” in 2015, then connected with Chic’s Nile Rodgers to expand the melody further.
“He also loved it and he blessed the track with his electric funk guitars, which was a dream come true for me,” Heldens admitted, before explaining how he decided to infuse Kiss into his creation.
“Finding the right voice for this track was a real journey”, revealed the DJ. “I did over a dozen toplines on it with multiple singers/songwriters, but in the end, the hook to Kiss’ iconic hit ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You’ turned out to be a heavenly match. .”
The new version omits the original’s verses and simply repeats the chorus in different ways with instrumental dance fills in between. The track was released in May and has been climbing the charts ever since. He recently cracked the Top 20 on Mediabase’s Dance Chart and has amassed over 8 million streams on Spotify.
Released in May 1979, “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” was a major success for Kiss. Still, the tune was polarizing, as it featured the hard rock band embracing a disco sound that turned off many of their die-hard fans.
Despite its success, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons admitted his disdain for the track. “I hate to play this song at [this] day,” the rocker revealed in 2018. “Stadiums full of people jumping up and down like biblical grasshoppers, they’re going crazy, with tattoos and grilling…they’re all jumping up and down and I’m going, ‘Do, do, do, do, do…’ Kill me now!”
The success of the new version of “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” follows a recent trend of reworking classic pieces for modern dance audiences. In 2021, “Cold Heart” – a collaboration between Elton John, pop star Dua Lipa and Australian electronic trio Pnau – became a global hit. The tune mixed John’s earlier songs “Rocket Man”, “Sacrifice”, “Where’s the Shoorah?” and “Kiss the bride.”
Listen to Oliver Heldens’ version of “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
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