The Disco Experiment: Why It Worked For Pink Floyd, But Not KISS
In any case, apparently Stanley believed the disco sound, which was dominating the airwaves, to be exceptionally easy to write, so why not try it? Meanwhile, the band had just hired professional songwriter Desmond Child (who would eventually co-write most of Aerosmith's '90s hits) and producer Vini Poncia, who spruced up his demo for what would become "I Was Made for Lovin' You."
Released in May 1979, it was an instant hit on the radio. Even Simmons wasn't a fan of the track, it immediately went platinum and he liked that. KISS fans thought the band was "selling out," but KISS probably couldn't hear them over all the money they were making. Child later commented that they had created "the first rock-disco song" and while that may not have been true, it certainly made a bigger splash than any other.
However, it was the first sign of attrition in KISS's literal dynasty. The recording marked the very moment when KISS began to lose credibility, something they would only compound upon themselves into the '80s by releasing album after album of gimmick after gimmick (including a failed concept album produced by none other than Bob Ezrin), trying to capture the public's imagination once more.
Meanwhile, back in France, Pink Floyd put the finishing touches on their Wall album and released it in late 1979. During the time they had been recording it, the band had dealt with high amounts of tension and infighting, especially with the increasingly distant and egotistical Waters dominating the sessions with his new favorite collaborator, Bob Ezrin.
One of the most tenuous parts of the session was when Ezrin suggested that Floyd get in on the disco wave. Lord knows where he heard it when he listened to Waters' demo of "Another Brick In the Wall," then titled "Education," but he decided the track needed a disco beat and that it should be the first single.
Waters was on board, but Gilmour was displeased. Ezrin had told him to visit a disco club, popular in those days, to see what he thought of it and, in his own words, it was "god awful." Eventually, Gilmour was overruled on "Another Brick In the Wall," along with just about everything else to do with the album, and the disco beat was put in the song.