Paul Stanley is one of the most outspoken rock vocalists today, so it’s no surprise that he had a definite opinion on the outcome of Led Zeppelin’s recent plagiarism trial. RealRadio104.1 in Orlando posted audio of Stanley’s interview with Russ Rollins, in which the Kiss frontman said it’s unfair to point fingers at other artists because there are only so many combinations of notes that can be used when writing music. Paul Stanley singled out the 2009 Bruce Springsteen song “Outlaw Pete” to illustrate his point.
“A lot of times it’s really unfair, because there are a certain amount of notes and they only get jumbled so many different ways,” Stanley said of the headline-making Zeppelin trial. “There’s a Springsteen song that sounds like… There’s a part of the song that sounds like ‘I Was Made For Loving You,’ so I’m sure he wasn’t sitting around listening to that. But it finds its way into everybody’s music. You can’t come down on everybody for their creativity.”
— KISSopolis (@KISSopolis) June 25, 2016
The Bruce Springsteen song Paul Stanley is referring to was recorded in 2009 by Springsteen for his album Working On a Dream. The tune has long been under scrutiny for sounding similar to the 1979 Kiss chart-topper, “I Was Made for Loving You,” But Paul Stanley clearly doesn’t agree with the criticism.
This is not the first time Paul Stanley has shrugged off the similarities between his song and the Springsteen single. Stanley previously told Radio that he was actually flattered when he first heard “Outlaw Pete.”
“When I heard it I quite honestly was amused and pleased,” Paul said. “I went ‘Gee, that sounds a whole lot like ‘I Was Made For Loving You.'”
Stanley even went on to defend Springsteen and pointed out that several other songs have melodies that are similar to his Kiss hit.
“I didn’t invent the wheel,” Stanley admitted. “‘I Was Made For Loving You’ isn’t that different from ‘Standing in the Shadows Of Love’ by the Four Tops. ‘Call Me’ isn’t that different from ‘I Was Made For Loving You’ either. Originality: it’s few and far between.”
— KISSopolis (@KISSopolis) June 18, 2016
“I Was Made for Loving You” marked Kiss’ foray into the late ’70s disco scene, and Paul Stanley’s first songwriting collaboration with famed record producer Desmond Child. The song appeared on the band’s 1979 album, Dynasty and was the first single from the album. It was also the band’s second gold single, selling over 1 million copies. Springsteen’s “Outlaw Pete” came out 30 years later, but it would be hard to imagine the Boss had never heard the Kiss song, as it was one of the glam band’s most famous hits.
Paul Stanley had one other comment on the Led Zeppelin trial, which was filed by the estate of late Spirit guitarist Randy California on the basis that the famous intro to 1971 song “Stairway to Heaven” sounds similar to the 1969 Spirit instrumental “Taurus.” Stanley said he thought it was strange that it took four decades for a lawsuit to come.
“[It’s] pretty strange that this lawsuit came 40-plus years after the fact,” Stanley said.
— LaCasita del Terrock (@CasitaTerrock) June 15, 2016
Still, while he is also a songwriter with many song copyrights under his belt, it’s pretty clear whose side Paul Stanley was on during the Led Zep case. After the verdict was announced in Zeppelin’s favor, Paul Stanley posted a picture of himself with Led Zeppelin co-founder Jimmy Page, offering the rock legend congratulations on his win.
“The song remains the same,” Stanley wrote.
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) June 24, 2016
Check out the video below to hear a comparison of “I Was Made for Loving You” by Kiss and “Outlaw Pete” by Springsteen.
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