Simmons - The Vault 1966 - 2016 - Disk 06
Disk 06 -
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Waiting For The Morning Light 
Dylan / Simmons
02 Is It
03 Are Your
Something Seems To Happen At Night 
Addison / Nina Singh
Guilty Pleasures 
08 I Dream
1,000 Dreams 
I Am Yours #1 [1997/1998]
10 I Am
Yours #2 [1991 - 1993]
11 Love Is
Blind #1 
12 Love Is
Blind #2 [1978 ?]
Turns You On [2002 ?]
Arthur David Williams / Simmons
14 Hold On
on "The Vault - disk 06"
Gene Simmons (bass and vocals; all
instruments on track 05, 11, 12 and 15)
Tommy Thayer (guitar on track 03, 07)
Eric Singer (drums on track 03, 07)
BAG (Alex Chuaqui) (keyboards, keyboard bass and drum sampling on track 01)
Adam Mitchell (keyboards on track 04)
Erich Lenning (drum programming on track 05)
Mark Addison (drums, bass, keyboards, guitar and background
vocals on track 06)
Nina Singh (drums, vocals, guitar and percussion track 06)
Shannon Tweed and her mother Louise Tweed (backing vocals on
Track 10 and
14 recorded with
Track 13 music recorded by Dave Williams
and his band.
"The Vault - disk 06"
01. Waiting For The Morning Light (2002)
This is the fully realized song that resulted from Gene and Bob
Dylan’s 1991 writing session. Recorded at
BAG's Living Room, Vancouver BC,
BAG (real name : Alex Chuaqui) playing all the instruments on the
demo. Gene recalled Bag’s input: “He basically took my demo and
arranged it. There’s nothing on there, besides keyboards,
keyboard bass and sampled drums”. The final version was first
released April 2004 as a “3:46 pre-release-mix” on an European
promo sampler EP, followed by the May
17, 2004 “3:22
02. Is It Real (2009)
This is Gene Simmons on an acoustic guitar in his kitchen,
trying to figure out chords and melody.
03. Are You Real (2011)
… and this is what the previous song became. Recorded at Conway
Recording Studios Studio C, Hollywood, CA with Eric Singer and
04. Something Seems To Happen At Night
This AOR-ish pop song was solely recorded by Adam Mitchell (on
keyboards), which he simply asked Gene Simmons to sing the
lyrics to. The song itself was the first of Adam’s compositions
that he ever played for Gene Simmons. Adam was willing to
rewrite the track, getting Gene involved, but Gene declined
stating that the demo was great in its original form.
05. I Believe (201?)
Demoed at Gene’s House (with ProTools) using the same chord
pattern as “Is It Real” and “Are You Real” (see track 02 and 03
on this disk).
Gene Simmons updated the song with Engineer Erich Lenning on a
Erich Lenning programmed the drum pattern while Gene was
strumming the chords on an acoustic guitar. Then Gene layered
the acoustic guitar, and starting layering other instruments;
doubles the acoustic guitar, two tracks of electric guitar, bass
and organ. So it’s Gene playing all lead guitars and singing
(scatting) all the harmonies. Erich Lenning was the engineer
responsible for the transfers of many of the songs appearing on
06. Beautiful (2002)
Written by Nina Singh and Mark Addison from the band "Kitty
Gordon" from Austin, Texas. This song was originally released as
"Somebody Beautiful" on the band's 1999 debut EP "Seven." It was
also included on the band's full album "Weather."
The original lyrics: "Hey, put on your fake eyelashes / wax away
the old mustache / six foot four in six inch heels / a cupid
tattoo behind your ear/ you're an ingenue in the full length
mirror/ tight black dress and all the right moves from your long
blonde tresses to your sequined shoes / you're somebody
beautiful look at yourself / somebody beautiful somebody else /
downtown on Saturday night they happen to catch you in the light
/ you'd like to dance but they want you to fight / they could
never understand what it's like / to reach the age of twenty
three knowing what you are you aren't supposed to be / so you
spent your money on silicone honey / made up your mind for the
very first time that you're / somebody beautiful look at
yourself / somebody beautiful somebody else / like a Hollywood
legend or a rock 'n roll star / what you're not is what you are
/ standing naked in the mirror's embrace you say this is my
body, this is my face / somebody beautiful look at yourself /
you're somebody beautiful you're somebody else."
According to Gene, "this was one of those story songs, the
lyrics killed me. It had this kind of pan-sexual, 'Lola' (The
Kinks) flavor to it, and also a kind of pathos. He's a poor guy,
who's six foot four in his six-inch heels, a cupid tattoo behind
his ear, 'spends all his money on silicone honey,' those lyrics
are just classic" (GeneSimmons PR).
The track is produced by Mark Addison at The Aerie Studio,
All instruments are played by Mark Addison and Nina Singh.
This (demo) version is simply Gene’s vocals over the original
Kitty Gordon track which later be enhanced for use on Gene’s
07. Guilty Pleasures (2011)
Recorded at Conway Recording Studios Studio C, Hollywood, CA
with Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.
08. I Dream 1,000 Dreams (August 31,
According to Gene Simmons, this is the only song he ever has
written that came to him fully formed. He woke up with the
melody any lyrically, before even knowing what the chords would
be. “Written by Gene with a more country flavor, for Shania
Twain or the Dixie Chicks. According to Gene, "I demoed it and
sent off a version to Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks. This is
the original version which is much more of a country song (Gene
Simmons PR)”. This demo is the basis for the more concise 2004 “Asshole”
album version, without elements as additional orchestra and
steel guitar overdubs.
09. I Am Yours #1 (1997 / 1998)
This version sounds like and was inspired by “All The Young
Dudes”, a song David Bowie wrote for Mott The Hoople. Demoed
during the recording sessions for the album that would become
"Psycho Circus" in 1998, but did not make it to the album.
(NOTE : In “The Vault” book the text for track 09 and 10 are
10. I Am Yours #2 (1991/1993)
This is the original demo version as demoed with Silent Rage.
11. Love Is Blind #1 (November ? 1977)
The song was written on the road in 1977 and recorded on a day
Gene Simmons plays all of the instruments on this (acoustic)
This track was previously released on the 2001 KISS “Boxset”,
though "The Vault" version features a slightly different
12. Love Is Blind #2 (1977/1978 ?)
An attempt by Gene to take the original song and ‘beef’ it up
with drums and a different treatment of guitars.
13. What Ever Turns You On (200?)
A song from another band that submitted a demo to Simmons
Records, this recording features Gene's partner Shannon Tweed
and her mother on backing vocals. According to Gene, "When I
first told people on my web site, GENESIMMONS.COM to send in
demos, I received close to 5,000 demos. 'Whatever Turns You On'
came to me as one of those demos. It didn't have that title. I
contacted Dave Williams, the lead singer of the band who wrote
it. I called him, told him I was interested in the track, and
changed it around a little, changed the title, it was my chorus
idea and I rewrote some of the lyrics. The musical track
is Dave and his band. Singing background is Miss Shannon Tweed,
and her mother, Louise and a friend of theirs" (GeneSimmons PR).
Released on Gene Simmons 2004 “Asshole”
album, this is purportedly the demo of the track.
14. Hold On (1991/1993)
Demoed with SILENT RAGE with Gene Simmons on lead and backing
15. First Love (201?)
Demoed at Gene’s House (with ProTools), the day after “I
Believe” (see track 05 on this disk) with Gene playing all
instruments and vocals, including a great guitar solo.