The only song on "Dynasty" on which Peter Criss drums, with the rest of the album being the work of session drummer Anton Fig. "Dirty Livin'" had originally dated to 1972 and was written by Stan Penridge and Peter while they were in their post-Chelsea band Lips. Peter had recorded 4 demos with Stan and producer Vini Poncia in late-1978 to present to Kiss for the "Dynasty" sessions. Only this song would be picked. Like the transition from demo to album recording which had affected "Hooligan," this song lost much of it's' funk when recorded by KISS, but would tell some of the story of Peter's youth. In terms of the story presented in the song there are some striking similarities to the story told in the early KISS song "Black Diamond," which Peter had sung.
© KissFAQ, From "Rock And Roll All Nite: The Music of Kiss" (Used with permission).