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Bloody Kisses is the third album by Type O Negative, released on August 17, 1993. It is the album that would put Type O Negative into mainstream popularity following a somewhat lack of success with their first two albums. According to several reviews, the album lays the foundation of gothic metal for not just Type O Negative but other bands to follow. "Bloody Kisses" established Type O Negative motifs, such as songs originally recorded by another band restylized into gloomy gothic metal, sample-heavy soundscapes in between songs, and dry, satirical humor.

This is the last album to feature the band's original line-up, as drummer Sal Abruscato would leave Type O Negative in late 1993 and was replaced by Johnny Kelly.

Release versions Edit

The album has three different release versions — the original version containing fourteen tracks, the re-release version containing nine tracks with six tracks removed from the original and added a new song, and the top shelf 2009 release containing two discs and twenty-two tracks in total.

Bloody Kisses was the first album on Roadrunner Records to achieve gold and platinum certification (not just Type O Negative).

Music and lyrics Edit

Considered a goth metal album, Bloody Kisses is saturated with complex patterns of sound, including touches of Beatlesque psychedelic pop and new wave, with content featuring sexual symbolism and humor. Lyrically the album explores about the heartbreak from regular, religious and vampire girls (such as being set on fire in the song "Set Me on Fire"), as well as about having sex and death. The album features a cover of Seals & Crofts' song "Summer Breeze"; originally it was going to be called "Summer Girl" with different lyrics, but made a normal cover after Seals & Crofts found the lyrics to "Summer Girl" distasteful. According to Decibel magazine, Bloody Kisses "featured infectious doom-pop epics ("Black No. 1", "Christian Woman"), sarcastic hardcore screeds ("Kill All the White People", "We Hate Everyone")," and "bizarre noise interludes ("Fay Wray Come Out and Play", "Dark Side of the Womb", "3.0.I.F")." "Black No. 1" is "a sarcastic ode to goth girls based on a narcissistic ex-girlfriend of singer Peter Steele."

Tracklist Edit

Original release
  1. "Machine Screw" – 0:39
  2. "Christian Woman" – 8:58
  3. "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" – 11:14
  4. "Fay Wray Come Out and Play" – 1:02
  5. "Kill All the White People" – 3:23
  6. "Summer Breeze" (Seals and Crofts cover) – 4:49
  7. "Set Me on Fire" – 3:29
  8. "Dark Side of the Womb" – 0:27
  9. "We Hate Everyone" – 6:50
  10. "Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)" – 10:56
  11. "3.0.I.F." – 2:05
  12. "Too Late: Frozen" – 7:50
  13. "Blood & Fire" – 5:33
  14. "Can't Lose You" – 6:05
Digipak re-release

A digipak version was later released that removed two tracks ("Kill All the White People" and "We Hate Everyone"), the intro and the interludes (those lasting up to 2:05) and added one new song ("Suspended in Dusk").

  1. "Christian Woman" – 8:58
  2. "Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)" – 10:56
  3. "Too Late: Frozen" – 7:50
  4. "Blood & Fire" – 5:33
  5. "Can't Lose You" – 6:05
  6. "Summer Breeze" (Seals and Crofts cover) – 4:49
  7. "Set Me on Fire" – 3:29
  8. "Suspended in Dusk" – 8:38
  9. "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" – 11:14

This version contains an amended booklet that reflects the reorder of the tracks. The lyric sheet prints parody lyrics for "Summer Breeze" such as "Kenny Hickey lying on the sidewalk, Devil music from the house next door". The recorded song is unchanged. This version of the song, originally titled "Summer Girl", was recorded but remains unreleased, though it has circulated on the Internet and appears on a promotional release for Bloody Kisses simply titled ?. This is reportedly due to Seals and Crofts finding the lyric change distasteful.

Top shelf edition (2009 re-release)

Roadrunner Records re-released Bloody Kisses on May 5, 2009, with a bonus CD of rarities and B-sides. Disc one has the same tracklist as the original release above.

Disc two

  1. "Suspended in Dusk" – 8:38
  2. "Black Sabbath" – 7:56
  3. "Black Sabbath (From the Satanic Perspective)" – 7:53
  4. "Christian Woman" (edit) – 4:33
  5. "Christian Woman" (sell-out version) – 4:33
  6. "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" (edit) – 4:44
  7. "Blood & Fire" (Out of the Ashes mix) – 4:42
  8. "Summer Breeze" (Rick Rubin mix) – 5:02

Reviews Edit

  • John Chedsey of Satan Stole My Teddybear – "The strong songwriting throughout helps Type O Negative veer away from pandering to the mere elements of goth music," making it "much more vital and alive."
  • Edwin Oslan of savagehippie – "The guitar is thick, heavy and distorted without being overly compressed, the drums sound loud but natural and I absolutely love Peter Steele’s fuzzed out bass tone. It’s essentially the perfect production for this type of music."
  • JohnnyBiggs of Sputnikmusic (4.5/5) – "Unquestionably TON's best album."

Personnel Edit

Band performers
Additional performers
  • Paul Bento – sitar, tambura
  • The Bensonhoist Lesbian Choir – cheering voices and choir
  • Bonnie Weiss – cheering voices and choir
  • Keith Caputo – cheering voices and choir
  • Karen Rose – cheering voices and choir
  • Debbie Alter – cheering voices and choir
  • Chris Zamp – cheering voices and choir
  • Alan Robert – cheering voices and choir
  • Joey Zampella – cheering voices and choir
  • Mike Palmeri – cheering voices and choir
Production
Cover artworkers
  • Patty – cover art
  • Peter Steele – concept art
  • John Wadsworth – front cover and group photography
  • Jeff Kitts – photography of individuals

Links to other albums Edit

Type O Negative albums
Studio albums Slow, Deep and HardThe Origin of the FecesBloody KissesOctober RustWorld Coming DownLife Is Killing MeDead Again
Compilation albums The Least Worst OfThe Best of Type O Negative
Video albums For When It RainsAfter DarkSymphony for the Devil
Miscellaneous Eighth Type O Negative album

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