"Calling Dr. Love
" is a song by the American
hard rock band Kiss
, originally released on their 1976 album Rock and Roll Over
. The song was written by Kiss bassist/lead vocalist Gene Simmons
at a Holiday Inn
in Evansville, Indiana. It was the second single released from the album, and the group's fourth US Top 20 single, reaching #16 in Billboard
. The song's title came from Gene Simmons' recollection of a Three Stooges
short called "Men in Black", containing an announcement over a hospital intercom, "Calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard", meaning Moe, Larry and Curly, respectively. The songs' main riff is very reminiscent of the song "Cold Ethyl" by Alice Cooper, from the 1975 LP, "Welcome To My Nightmare".
A live version of the song was included on Alive II
, released later in 1977. Since then, "Calling Dr. Love" has appeared on numerous Kiss compilation albums. In 2003, it appeared on Kiss's fifth live album, Alive IV
In popular culture
The song was released as downloadable content in the music video game Rock Band
The song also featured in the setlist of the Kiss Alive 35 tour in 2008.
The song is mentioned - albeit briefly - in The Wastelands
, the third installment of Stephen King
's epic Dark Tower Series
British wrestling ring announcer and former wrestler, 'Sweet' Stevie Aaron uses the song as his entrance theme.
The song was used in 2009 in a commercial for the cherry-flavored Dr. Pepper
. The... Read More