Simmons - The Vault 1966 - 2016 - Disk 07
Disk 07 -
Time : 50:30
No Conscience 
Simmons / Vini Poncia
(3:18) T.Thayer / J.St.James /Pat Regan
Everybody Wants 
Simmons / Jesse Damon
The Moon 
05 All You
Want's A Piece Of My Heart 
(3:31) Chuaqui / Simmons
If I Had A Gun (with
10 I Walk
Simmons / Kulick
Seduction Of The Innocent [199?]
Is The Hunter [demo 1983]
Gonna Leave You #1 
14 I Ain't
Comin' Back [197?]
Gonna Leave You #2 [199?]
on "The Vault - disk 07"
Gene Simmons (bass and vocals; all
instruments on track 13 and 14)
Bruce Kulick (guitar on track 01, 10, 15)
Tommy Thayer (guitar on track 02, 04, 05; backing vocals on
Eric Singer (drums on track 15)
Mark Hawkins (guitar on track 03)
BAG (Alex Chuaqui) (keyboards, keyboard bass and drum
sampling on track 08 and 09)
Track 02 and
04 demoed with (members of) BLACK 'N BLUE
Track 03 recorded with members of
"The Vault - disk 07"
01. No Conscience (1988)
Demo version which general melody was transformed into “Love’s A
Slap In The Face” on the “Hot In The Shade” album. Featuring
Bruce Kulick on guitar. Lyrically “No Conscience” is based on a
conversation between Vini Poncia and Gene Simmons while writing
together prior KISS 1989 “Hot In The Shade” album.
02. Suspicious (1987)
This demo recording is Gene Simmons vocal take of a song that
appeared on BLACK 'N BLUE’s 1988 “In
Heat” album. The book doesn’t clarify
the players, but you can distinctly hear Jaime St. James singing
background vocals. Otherwise, in “The Vault” book Gene wrote
“And the guys went off and wrote the song”, which makes it
logical that this take is musically demoed by BLACK 'N BLUE.
03. Everybody Wants (1991)
According to Jesse Damon: “ this was the first song Gene Simmons
and I wrote together, it was in the running as a song for a
possible KISS album, but didn’t make it”.
The lyrics weren’t complete, so you hear Gene scatting
throughout the song.
SILENT RAGE’s Mark Hawkins plays
guitar on the demo track. Jesse Damon would release his
recording of the song on his 2002 “The
Hand That Rocks” solo album.
04. Promise The Moon (1986)
Based on a 70s song called “Sentimental Fool” that Bob Kulick
and Gene Simmons wrote together. When Gene Simmons was producing
BLACK 'N BLUE, he suggested the song to Tommy Thayer and Jaime
St. James. They came back with a newer song “Promise The Moon”
with new lyrics, slightly different melody, but still using the
same chords and riff that Bob Kulick and Gene Simmons had come
up with years ago.
Demoed with (members of) BLACK 'N BLUE with Gene Simmons on lead
The song has been recorded by BLACK 'N BLUE for their 1986 “Nasty
Nasty” album, with keyboards being
performed by John Purdell. At the last moment the song was
dropped in favor of the more commercial Jonathan Cain penned
“I’ll Be There For You”.
05. All You Want’s A Piece Of My Heart
This demo track is simply Gene Simmons singing / scatting on one
of Adam Mitchell’s songs with Tommy Thayer on guitar and
From the folks involved, this recording dates from BLACK 'N BLUE
Heat” sessions, when Adam Mitchell was
involved in co-writing with Jamie St. James and Tommy Thayer.
06. Pride (2003)
This song is written by Matt McCormack, who submitted his 2002
promo/demo CD “Here
We Go Again” to Simmons Records. When
Gene Simmons heard the disc he really liked the song "Pride". He
ended up buying the song from Matt McCormack, and flying down to
Austin to record it at the Slaughterhouse Studio, May 2003.
Gene Simmons took Matt's lead vocals off, and putting his lead
vocal on the track.
Gene Simmons wrote a new verse changed some lyrics and chorus
lines, and ultimately did his version of the song. During these
sessions Gene Simmons and Matt McCormack worked on another song
named “Lost In Time”, which sound can be best described as E.L.O.
being fronted by Robin Zander of Cheap Trick and Bob Mayo on the
In 2006 "Pride" was mentioned to be featured on the Gene Simmons
box set "Monster (100 unreleased songs)". According to Matt "It
was a pleasure working with Gene. The actual physical track of
the song (drums, bass, guitar, etc) belongs to Gene Simmons."
On July 25, 2017 "Pride" finally got its official release when
Matt McCormack's collaboration with Gene Simmons' is released as
On August 11, 2017 "Pride" appeared on Matt McCormack's full
album "Life In Stereo".
(NOTE : in “The Vault” book Gene Simmons suggests the song
"Pride" is related to Mark Addison of the song “Beautiful” (see
disk 6 track 06), but I guess that’s a
mistake - Jelle Jansen / KRR)
07. Mirage (1988)
This 1988 demo is developed out of a 1970’s song titled “Through
The Night” and a later Stanley/Simmons collaboration titled
“Sweetheart Of The Radio”.
DORO later recorded “Mirage” for her
1990 Gene Simmons produced album.
08. Dog (2002)
Written by Gene Simmons and arranged by
BAG (real name Alex Chuaqui), who (at
the time) just happens to be signed to Simmons Records. Gene has
commented, "'Dog' was mostly written by
BAG. It was recorded in
BAG's living room, Vancouver BC,
BAG played all of the instruments.
He's also singing harmonies on the song. Bag also sings the
Warren Zevon sounding 'Werewolves Of London' vocal part. I
wanted to make the song longer and remembered the Sam The Sham
and The Pharoahs song, 'Little Red Riding Hood.' That's where I
came up with the howling part in the beginning. In that song it
struck me as the wolf talking to the little girl, it was very
sexual. So I did that spoken word interlude, 'what a big tongue
you got, the better to eat you with, my dear.' I was chuckling
most of the way through" (Gene Simmons PR 2004). The original
recording would be tightened up for release on Gene Simmons 2004
09. If I Had A Gun (2002)
Written by Gene Simmons and
BAG (real name Alex Chuaqui), who (at
the time) just happens to be signed to Simmons Records.
According to Gene, "BAG,
who's the first new artist on (the new) Simmons Records, wrote
that. I reshaped the song a bit and also added the bridge. I was
struck by the poignancy of 'look at me with my makeup messed,
I'm so ugly, I've never been kissed.’ We all feel that way,
sometimes" (GeneSimmons PR 2004). Recorded at
BAG’s Living Room, Vancouver BC,
BAG playing all the instruments. The
recording is near the same, albeit in rearranged form, as the
(edited) 2004 “Asshole”
10. I Walk Alone (199?)
This is the original finished demo song Gene Simmons and Bruce
Kulick wrote together, with Gene’s lead vocals and Bruce Kulick
Bruce Kulick would ultimately sing the song on the “Carnival Of
11. Seduction Of The Innocent (199?)
According to Gene Simmons’ (“The Vault” book), the melody of the
song is the oldest melody reference point contained on The
Vault. The melody formed one of his first songs “My Girl Bought
Me Chocolate Ice Cream”, which had a Middle Eastern sound.
“Seduction Of The Innocent” become one of the first song titles
mentioned by Gene Simmons that was being worked on for the
follow-up to “Revenge". Like all of the “Carnival Of Souls”
demo’s this demo sounds different compared to the final album
12. Lonely Is The Hunter (1983)
Inspired by Humple Pie, and demoed a year before the “Animalize”
In his “The Vault” book Gene Simmons admits he wasn’t in the
studio when KISS recorded the song for the 1984 “Animalize”
13. Never Gonna Leave You #1 (1977)
According to Gene Simmons this is one of the first demo
recordings after obtaining his Tascam 4-track recorder. This
demo is recorded at an apartment closet. Inspired by the
sort of chorus many Motown songs had (and includes parts of the
“I Ain’t Comin’ Back” / see the next song on this disk). Gene
Simmons plays all of the instruments on this demo.
14. I Ain’t Comin’ Back (197?)
A bass heavy Motown inspired dance track, also recorded at an
apartment closet, and a sort of rework of “Never Gonna Leave You
#1” (see track 13 on this disk). Gene Simmons plays all of the
instruments on this demo, and a little Roland amp adds character
15. Never Gonna Leave You #2 (199?)
An Hard Rock demo attempt (of track 13 on this disk) with Eric
Singer and Bruce Kulick to update the sound of the original 1977