Animalize is the 12th studio album by the American band KISS. In a continuation of the commercial resurgence begun with Lick It Up, Animalize was certified platinum by the RIAA on December 12, 1984.[2] It was the highest-selling Kiss album since 1977's Alive II.

The album marked the only appearance by lead guitarist Mark St. John (née Mark Norton), who replaced Vinnie Vincent in April 1984. St. John stated that when recording this record, he had utilized his Rockman gear, and that heavy equalization was used to take the "Boston" sound out of the recording. He would be forced to leave Kiss during the subsequent tour after being diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome. By November 1984 he was out of the band; the third lead guitarist to exit the band in two years.

When asked what 'Animalize' meant, Stanley said that people were starting to become more like computers - and that "making music by pressing buttons" was no fun.

RIAA: 2x Platinum

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "I've Had Enough (Into the Fire)" Paul Stanley, Desmond Child Paul Stanley 3:50
2. "Heaven's on Fire" Stanley, Child Stanley 3:18
3. "Burn Bitch Burn" Gene Simmons Gene Simmons 4:38
4. "Get All You Can Take" Stanley, Mitch Weissman Stanley 3:42
5. "Lonely Is the Hunter" Simmons Simmons 4:27
6. "Under the Gun" Stanley, Eric Carr, Child Stanley 3:59
7. "Thrills in the Night" Stanley, Jean Beauvoir Stanley 4:18
8. "While the City Sleeps" Simmons, Weissman Simmons 3:39
9. "Murder in High Heels" Simmons, Weissman Simmons 3:51


  • Paul Stanley – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Gene Simmons – bass guitar, vocals
  • Mark St. John – lead guitar
  • Eric Carr – drums, percussion, vocals


  • Jean Beauvoir - bass guitar on "Get All You Can Take", "Under the Gun", and "Thrills in the Night"
  • Bruce Kulick - lead guitar on "Murder in High Heels", and "Lonely Is the Hunter"
  • Allan Schwartzberg - drum overdubs
  • In an interview conducted by [ Rockpages], Mitch Weissman is quoted as saying:

"And I was pleased with the material the 3 of us created. I even got to play guitars and/or bass on all of those tracks, even though I’m uncredited."