Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Peter Criss - "Beth"

Before KISS, Peter Criscuola was in a band called Chelsea. During that time Peter, along with guitarist Stan Penridge, wrote the song "Beck", which KISS fans now know as "Beth". The song was originally written as an insult to Rebecca, who was the wife of Chelsea guitarist Mike Brand"Becky" would call often during their practices to ask Mike when he was coming home. A demo tape of the song was recorded after a couple of Chelsea members left the band, when Criss and Penridge called themselves Lips.

Years later the song was brought back to life during KISS' Destroyer recordings. Some of the lyrics were changed to reflect missing a loved one while on the road and Gene Simmons suggested changing the title to "Beth" to avoid any...confusions.

"Beth" hit the charts at #7 on the Top 10 billboard in 1976. The song remains the highest charting song for KISS in the USA and it earned them a People's Choice Award in 1977 – tied with "Disco Duck".


Beck by Chelsea/Lips

And here's...

Beth by KISS from Destroyer

And here's some other KISS songs with Peter Criss vocals...

Black Diamond from KISS
Mainline from Hotter Than Hell
Strange Ways from Hotter Than Hell
Getaway from Dressed To Kill
Hooligan from Love Gun
Hard Luck Woman from Rock and Roll Over

And just for the hell of it, here's...

Disco Duck by Rick Dees from Disco Duck single

For more on KISS, see (Lost Alive II), (Simmons Meteor) or (Wicked Lester).


buzz said...

I never knew the history behind "Beck"/"Beth" but it explains a lot to me now. I could never figure how KISS managed to come up with such a genuine and heartfelt song about a guy caught between the two great loves of his life.

Erick Monsterama2000 said...

Thanks for posting this. I'd never heard the original version of "Beck" before.