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A popular (and controversial) KISS song has been covered by a Dutch DJ, and it’s become a surprise hit on the dance charts.

Oliver Heldens put an updated spin on the KISS track “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” from the band’s infamous 1979 heavily disco-influenced album Dynasty. Heldens dropped his update, which also features Nile Rodgers and the House Gospel Choir, back in May. Ultimate Classic Rock reports, “It recently cracked the Top 20 on Mediabase’s Dance Chart and has racked up more than 8 million streams on Spotify.”

Heldens said in a statement when he first released his version of “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “When I made the very funk & disco-inspired bassline for this track in 2015, I knew it was one of my best basslines since ‘Gecko’, and I just had to send it to one of my all-time heroes Nile Rodgers. He also loved it and he blessed the track with his signature jamming electric funk guitars, which was a dream come true for me!”

He continued, “Finding the right vocal for this track has been a real journey though, I’ve done over a dozen of toplines on it with several singers/songwriters, but in the end the hook of KISS’ iconic hit ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You’ turned out to be a match made in heaven. And with the extraordinary House Gospel Choir on board, they managed to make it sound even more heavenly! This song has been such a vibe in my sets, so I’m happy it’s finally out now! I hope you like it :)”

Regardless of how you feel about the track, which can be heard below, if this cover leads to more people discovering and liking KISS, then that’s just great.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.