Nothin' to Lose (Kiss song)

"Nothin' to Lose" is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss, released on their self-titled debut album in 1974. It is the first single the band had ever released and the first single off the album, with "Love Theme from KISS" as the B-side. Although the song failed to chart, it has remained a concert staple during the 1970s and was featured on many live albums and compilations.[1]

"Nothin' to Lose"
Nothin' to Lose vinyl.jpg
Single by Kiss
from the album Kiss
B-side"Love Theme from KISS"
ReleasedFebruary 8, 1974
Format7-inch single
StudioBell Sound, New York City
LabelCasablanca/Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Gene Simmons
Producer(s)Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise
Kiss singles chronology
"Nothin' to Lose"
"Kissin' Time"
Kiss track listing
10 tracks
  1. "Strutter"
  2. "Nothin' to Lose"
  3. "Firehouse"
  4. "Cold Gin"
  5. "Let Me Know"
  6. "Kissin' Time"
  7. "Deuce"
  8. "Love Theme from KISS"
  9. "100,000 Years"
  10. "Black Diamond"


Gene Simmons, the sole writer of the song, admitted that the song's lyrics chronicled the singer coercing his girlfriend into trying anal sex, and her subsequent enjoyment of it.[2] Gene Simmons and Peter Criss share the lead vocals on the song.

The song was the first Kiss song to feature an extra player, as Bruce Foster played piano on the track. His contribution was noted on the sleeve of the album. "Nothin' to Lose" was one of the first songs Kiss performed on their first national appearances, on ABC's In Concert on February 19 (the show aired on March 29). Other songs performed on the show were "Firehouse" and "Black Diamond".

Live performancesEdit

"Nothin' to Lose" was played often during the 1970s, but largely ignored during the 1980s. In the 1990s, the band performed the song at the Kiss Convention (one time with Peter Criss) and MTV Unplugged, and during the Psycho Circus show in Los Angeles.


"Nothin' to Lose" has appeared on the following Kiss albums:

Other appearances:

Track listingEdit



Additional personnelEdit


  1. ^ Gene Simmons Kiss and Make-Up 1407060171 2010 "At the beginning of May, it was released—“Nothin' to Lose,” a real KISS song, was the B-side—and broke into the Top 100."
  2. ^ "Nothin' to Lose info". Archived from the original on September 9, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2011.

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