Bruce Springsteen

The Boss Was Made for Lovin’ You?

The Boss lifting from Ace, Gene, Paul and Peter? A new controversy brewing on the interwebs is the similarity between Bruce’s new album opener “Outlaw Pete”, and Kiss’ 1979 foray into disco, “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”. Similar? Sure, but not to the extent of Coldplay’s rip of Satriani. I rule in favor of – guess who? – The Boss!

What do you guys & gals think? Did Bruce dip back into his repository of shitty disco-rock?

“Outlaw Pete” vs. “I Was Made for Lovin’ You”:


  • Malchus

    Well, since Kiss are actually from the future, I think it was they who ripped off Bruce. In their many time travels, they must have stopped off in the year 2009, heard “Outlaw Pete”, like the melody and, when finally settling in the 1970’s to dominate rock and roll, decided to borrow the melody for their disco rock.

    Yeah, that’s definitely it.

  • Eric

    oh shit

    I’ll never be able to hear this song without thinking of “I was made for loving you.” There are definitely some similarities: the “doo, doo, doo” in the chorus; some of the keyboards. It’s frightening to hear Bruce with that Kiss influence – at least he could have picked something from one of the first three albums!

  • armenite

    it’s not that close. first phrase is similar, second not so much. Kiss won’t sue out of embarrassment – for fear people will hear their song.

  • Norman Baits

    it actually is the same melody.

    the funny part is that the kiss song is actually better.

    post-tunnel of love springsteen sucks ass.

  • r

    I always liked this Kiss song, that’s a strong hook. Bruce’s track does have some similarities, but it’s a million miles away from Studio54 and the greasepaint. Gene won’t be suing but maybe Paul who co-wrote it with Desmond Child and Vini Poncia. Letterman’s Anton Fig plays drums.

  • Goyo

    Alot of people do not realise that the riff in question is in fact just the first five notes of a blues scale, and is VERY VERY VERY VERY common and easy to stumble across in music.

  • Jeffo

    When I saw Springsteen play this thing live I knew right then and there he was an evil genius for a variety of reasons. He knows that his fans are of the ilk to deny, whether or true or not, that they never listened to KISS, because you can’t ever have enough snob appeal (these are the same assholes, when asked if they saw a particular episode of a TV show aired the night before, reply that ‘they don’t own a TV’); also, on the same note, he is somehow placed in a category of god-like beings who would never deign to listen to such ‘common’ music,’ so how could he ever be influenced by a song by KISS (even though it was played on the radio constantly at the height of disco); and, chiefly, it’s one of his weakest songs to date, badly in need of a hook.

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