KISS frontman Paul Stanley and the members of his side project, Soul Station, premiered their first socially distanced performance of Smokey Robinson's 1965 classic "Ooo Baby Baby." See the remotely recorded official music video below.
"These are challenging times," the KISS co-founder shared in an accompanying statement. "Long before I ever heard the great British bands, I grew up listening to Philly Soul, Motown and so much more. I was lucky to see Otis Redding and Solomon Burke among others. That music and its storytelling gave me strength and hope even in some tough days. The great classics of that era are magical medicine for most and I felt myself drawn back to that era for some sorcery I think we could all use."
Stanley has been recruiting top-tier musicians for Soul Station's musicians for years, including KISS drummer Eric Singer.
Referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer explained the video's coming together, sharing, "While it’s hard to connect physically, some of Soul Station decided to reach out and make a virtual and emotional connection on a great Motown and Smokey Robinson classic ‘Ooo Baby Baby.’”
The cover pays heartfelt homage to the Motown luminary, including Stanley's spoken-word performance halfway into the song, during which he encourages listeners to sing along from home.
“All right, people,” he says. “No matter whether you’re with other people or you’re home alone, you’re not really alone, 'cause all of us are in this together. And music can bring us that much closer together. And when we sing, we’re definitely a group. So don’t be shy.”
Soul Station made its live debut in September 2015 at West Hollywood, California's The Roxy Theatre.