KISS Releases Asylum: September 16th, 1985
Posted 9/16/2012 12:00:00 AM

KISS Releases Asylum: September 16th, 1985


Conversation Starters

  • Today marks the 27th anniversary for the release of KISS’s Asylum! Where does Asylum rank on your list of best KISS albums?
  • 27 years ago today, KISS released its album Asylum! What’s your favorite track from the album?
  • On this day 27 years ago, KISS released their album Asylum. What are your thoughts on the album?

Fast Facts

  • Released September 16th, 1985 via Mercury Records
  • Produced by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons
  • It is the band’s 13th studio album, following Animalize (84) and preceding Crazy Nights (87)
  • Asylum was KISS’s first LP with Bruce Kulick as the lead guitarist
  •  Kulick officially replaced Mark St. John in 1984, making him the 3rd KISS lead guitarist since Ace Frehley quit the band in 1982
  • The album was originally going to be titled Out of the Asylum
  • The album’s only physically released single was  “Tears Are Falling”, which made its way up to #51 on the U.S. Billboard charts
  • “Tears Are Falling” is the only song from the record that is played live regularly by the band
  • KISS recorded the album’s videos: “Tears Are Falling”, “Uh! All Night”, and “Who Wants to Be Lonely” in London
  • The color of lipstick worn by the members on the cover art is representative of the color for their 1978 solo albums: Gene Simmons (Red) Paul Stanley (Purple) with Bruce Kulick inheriting Ace Frehley’s Blue and Eric Carr taking over Peter Criss’s Green

Track Listing

  1. King of the Mountain
  2. Any Way You Slice It
  3. Who Wants to Be Lonely
  4. Trial by Fire
  5. I’m Alive
  6. Love’s a Deadly Weapon
  7. Tears Are Falling
  8. Secretly Cruel
  9. Radar for Love
  10. Uh! All Night


  • November 13, 1985 – certified Gold

Billboard Hot 100

  • November 30, 1985, “Tears Are Falling” – Peaked at #51, on the charts for 13 weeks

Billboard Top 200

  • November 16, 1985 - Peaked at #20, on the charts for 22 weeks



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