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Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: René ()
Date: February 28, 2011 10:52

Comments, input and alterations are very welcome!
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Hot Stuff
(Mick Jagger / Keith Richards)

Musicland Studios, Munich, West-Germany, March 30, 1975,
Mountain Recording Studios, Montreux, Switserland, October 19 - 30, 1975 and
Musicland Studios, Munich, West-Germany, December 3 - 16, 1975

Mick Jagger - lead vocals, backing vocals, percussion
Keith Richards - electric guitar, backing vocals
Charlie Watts - drums, percussion
Bill Wyman - bass, percussion
Ron Wood - backing vocals
Ian Stewart - percussion
Harvey Mandel - electric guitar
Billy Preston - piano, backing vocals
Ollie Brown - percussion

Hot stuff, yeah, hot stuff, hot stuff, yeah, hot stuff, can't get enough
Hot stuff, yeah, hot stuff, hot stuff, can't get enough
That music is mighty, mighty fine, hot stuff

Hot stuff, can't get enough, can't get enough
Hot stuff, can't get enough, can't get enough, hot stuff, can't get enough
That music is mighty, mighty fine, hot stuff

Hot stuff, I can't get enough
Hot stuff, play it rough, yeah
I can't get enough, 'cause music is what I want
To keep my body always movin', yeah, shake it up, hot stuff, yeah
Ev'ry day I need another dose, I can't stand it when the music stops, hot stuff
Everybody on the dance floor, you know what I'm talking about
Music make you forget all your troubles
Make you kiss and make you tell the whole wide world, so what, hot stuff
Hot stuff, shake it up, shake it up
I want to tell all my friends in London, there ain't nothing wrong with you
But you'd better shape up, yeah, shake it up, you're hot stuff
All the people in New York City, I know you're all going broke
But I know you're tough, yeah, you're hot stuff, hot stuff
To everybody in Jamaica that is working in the sun
You're hot, you're hot stuff, shake it up, shake it up, hot stuff, hot stuff, play it rough
Hot stuff, shake it up, hot stuff

Produced by The Glimmer Twins

First released on:
The Rolling Stones - “Fool To Cry / Hot Stuff” 7” single
(Rolling Stones Records RS 19304) US, April 8, 1976



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2011-11-21 14:18 by René.

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Date: February 28, 2011 11:02

One of the best recorded Stones tracks ever, imo.

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: whitem8 ()
Date: February 28, 2011 11:09

Fantastic four to the floor funk. NOT DISCO! Some incredible guitar on this baby, and it smokes. Jagger's faux Jamaican accent is a bit forced, but also he sounds like he is having a ball with it. So who cares? And Charlie. Charlie's good tonight isn't he? Damn straight he is fantastic! A wonderful track from a vastly underrated Stones disc.
And what drives me crazy is all the bullshit press that often talks about the Stones "unsuccessful forays into disco during the late 70s..." What music are they talking about? Hot Stuff? Miss You? Again, for me those are great funk tracks. The only real disco sounding song was Emotional Rescue, but that is also a stretch, more like a Curtis Mayfield acid romp than a traditional disco song.

Anyhow, Hot Stuff is indeed what it's name implies. Love it!

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: Come On ()
Date: February 28, 2011 11:17

Disco! Hot on the dance-floor 1975...smoking smiley

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Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: February 28, 2011 12:04

Seemlessly follows the last track off the last Stones album Fingerprint File like a dream. I so wish they'd have made an entire album of honkyass funk like this.

Disco was raging in the swinging hotspots of the world but funk was its cooler cousin and boy did the Stones play it well. It was also semi-rap, way ahead of its time, Jagger more or less speaking the words instead of singing them.

It has an amazing tension and an even more amazing guitar solo played by the great Harvey Mandel. BTW if you want to hear more of him then check out his album The Snake and his incredible, psychedelic version of Wade In The Water off the album Cristo Redentor.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2011-02-28 15:28 by Silver Dagger.

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: Redhotcarpet ()
Date: February 28, 2011 12:06

Hot stuff is one of their best songs. On a list of underrated songs, this is the one. It was a highlight on the 1976 tour, and if you want cool, look at them performing it at Knebworth.

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: guitarbastard ()
Date: February 28, 2011 12:36

Quote
DandelionPowderman
One of the best recorded Stones tracks ever, imo.

also in my top 20 for shure!

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: with sssoul ()
Date: February 28, 2011 12:40

can't get enough!
and it's another of those numbers where the very first sound on it just slays me every time

hail hail Rolling Stones :E

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: Erik_Snow ()
Date: February 28, 2011 12:52

Ditto to what With Sssoul said !
Absolutely terrific groove

The only thing that bothers me....is that I wish it was recorded/released one year earlier - so it would be a part of the 1975 setlist......we'd have the ultimate live version, if so. They rehearsed it for 1978 - but didn't perform it, unfortunately

The studio version remains the absolute best version, IMO.....which is a rare thing for Rolling Stones songs

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: drewmaster ()
Date: February 28, 2011 13:03

I really wish I could agree with the above posts, but Hot Stuff leaves me stone cold. A flaccid beat, directionless melody, and forced vocals are all I can hear. The sound of a band that's lost its way.

Drew



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Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Date: February 28, 2011 13:26

Quote
Erik_Snow
Ditto to what With Sssoul said !
Absolutely terrific groove

The only thing that bothers me....is that I wish it was recorded/released one year earlier - so it would be a part of the 1975 setlist......we'd have the ultimate live version, if so. They rehearsed it for 1978 - but didn't perform it, unfortunately

The studio version remains the absolute best version, IMO.....which is a rare thing for Rolling Stones songs

One of the best numbers on the 1976 setlist, imo.

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: Erik_Snow ()
Date: February 28, 2011 13:35

Quote
DandelionPowderman
Quote
Erik_Snow
Ditto to what With Sssoul said !
Absolutely terrific groove

The only thing that bothers me....is that I wish it was recorded/released one year earlier - so it would be a part of the 1975 setlist......we'd have the ultimate live version, if so. They rehearsed it for 1978 - but didn't perform it, unfortunately

The studio version remains the absolute best version, IMO.....which is a rare thing for Rolling Stones songs

One of the best numbers on the 1976 setlist, imo.
Yeah but that's not saying much winking smiley



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2011-02-28 13:40 by Erik_Snow.

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: RobertJohnson ()
Date: February 28, 2011 13:38

On "Black and Blue" a little bit boring, too long I think, although the lead part of the guitar is very interesting, but in my opinion not loud enough. I like the live version from "Love You Live" with one of the quite good solos from RW; this version has more power and is more energetic.

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: liddas ()
Date: February 28, 2011 13:42

Who plays the second rhythm guitar (the sigle line riff that really sets the groove)? I am quite sure it is Keith and not Mandel, but am not 100% sure. What does the inner sleeve say?

C

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: Vocalion ()
Date: February 28, 2011 13:46

First released on:
The Rolling Stones - “Love You Live” 2LP
(Rolling Stones Records COC 2-9001) US, September 16, 1977


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Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Date: February 28, 2011 14:16

Quote
Erik_Snow
Quote
DandelionPowderman
Quote
Erik_Snow
Ditto to what With Sssoul said !
Absolutely terrific groove

The only thing that bothers me....is that I wish it was recorded/released one year earlier - so it would be a part of the 1975 setlist......we'd have the ultimate live version, if so. They rehearsed it for 1978 - but didn't perform it, unfortunately

The studio version remains the absolute best version, IMO.....which is a rare thing for Rolling Stones songs

One of the best numbers on the 1976 setlist, imo.
Yeah but that's not saying much winking smiley

Yeah, I know you like the 75 leg the most smiling smiley

Still, tracks like Hot Stuff, Hand Of Fate, Fool To Cry (!) and Hey Negrita were good enough to improve the set, imo - although some of the energy and tightness might have been gone by the time they hit Europe in 76.

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: Erik_Snow ()
Date: February 28, 2011 14:20

Quote
DandelionPowderman
Yeah, I know you like the 75 leg the most smiling smiley

Still, tracks like Hot Stuff, Hand Of Fate, Fool To Cry (!) and Hey Negrita were good enough to improve the set, imo - although some of the energy and tightness might have been gone by the time they hit Europe in 76.

Completely agree....! Apart from Fool To Cry that is

Hand Of Fate, Hey Negrita and Hot Stuff were all highlights of the 1976 shows - some real great licks being spread out on those 3 songs

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: marcovandereijk ()
Date: February 28, 2011 14:21

Rehearsed for the Licks Tour too:




Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: 1962 ()
Date: February 28, 2011 14:24

Great! 10/10 Classic Stones!

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Date: February 28, 2011 14:31

Quote
marcovandereijk
Rehearsed for the Licks Tour too:



Played on the Licks tour as well. + early on the VL tour.

The band's setlist at the first show at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.:

1."Not Fade Away"
2."Undercover of the Night"
3."Tumbling Dice"
4."Live with Me"
5."You Got Me Rocking"
6."Rocks Off"
7."Sparks Will Fly"
8."Shattered"
9."Satisfaction"
10."Beast of Burden"
11."Memory Motel"
12."Out of Tears"
13."All Down the Line"
14."Hot Stuff"
15."I Can't Get Next to You"
16."Brand New Car"
17."Honky Tonk Women"
18."Before They Make Me Run"
19."The Worst"
20."Love is Strong"
21."Monkey Man"
22."I Go Wild"
23."Start Me Up"
24."It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"
25."Street Fighting Man"
26."Brown Sugar"
27."Jumpin' Jack Flash"



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2011-02-28 14:46 by DandelionPowderman.

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: Single Malt ()
Date: February 28, 2011 15:04

Hot Stuff is a great funky song and Black And Blue great album. Underrated album.

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: whitem8 ()
Date: February 28, 2011 15:23

Quote
DandelionPowderman
Quote
marcovandereijk
Rehearsed for the Licks Tour too:



Played on the Licks tour as well. + early on the VL tour.

The band's setlist at the first show at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.:

1."Not Fade Away"
2."Undercover of the Night"
3."Tumbling Dice"
4."Live with Me"
5."You Got Me Rocking"
6."Rocks Off"
7."Sparks Will Fly"
8."Shattered"
9."Satisfaction"
10."Beast of Burden"
11."Memory Motel"
12."Out of Tears"
13."All Down the Line"
14."Hot Stuff"
15."I Can't Get Next to You"
16."Brand New Car"
17."Honky Tonk Women"
18."Before They Make Me Run"
19."The Worst"
20."Love is Strong"
21."Monkey Man"
22."I Go Wild"
23."Start Me Up"
24."It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"
25."Street Fighting Man"
26."Brown Sugar"
27."Jumpin' Jack Flash"

Yeah, that was a good version too. I was at that show and remember being shocked by getting such a great and varied set list. And they were on fire! I like Hot Stuff infused with the stax style horns. Nice!

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: Mathijs ()
Date: February 28, 2011 16:12

Quote
liddas
Who plays the second rhythm guitar (the sigle line riff that really sets the groove)? I am quite sure it is Keith and not Mandel, but am not 100% sure. What does the inner sleeve say?

C

That's Mandel.

One of the best sounding Stones tracks, together with BoB. Fantastic work by Keith Harwood.

Mathijs

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: Mathijs ()
Date: February 28, 2011 16:16

Quote
marcovandereijk
Rehearsed for the Licks Tour too:



Now first listen to the original version, and how fantastically swinging Wyman and Watts do the backdrop. Listen to Wyman playing in between the beat, playing less than the riff would seem to demand.

Then listen to Darryl Jones....he really doesn't have a clue, doess he....

Mathijs

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: shortfatfanny ()
Date: February 28, 2011 16:39

Great stuff,really hot !


Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: Greg ()
Date: February 28, 2011 16:48

I just grabbed my copy of Forty Licks to listen to the song at work, and will you believe it: it's not on it. I guess Keys To your Love was a too strong contender...

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"Music is the frozen tapioca in the ice chest of history."

"Shit!... No shit, awright!"

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: cc ()
Date: March 1, 2011 05:34

+1 to the comments that this is one of their best-recorded tracks. Kind of frustrating that they weren't able to capture such high fidelity more often.

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: 71Tele ()
Date: March 1, 2011 06:31

I didn't know what to make of it when it came out...and I still don't. It sounds kind of sterile to me, and yet, it has an undefinable something that is really cool. So I can't dismiss it, yet it's never one of the tracks I'm in the mood to hear. Yet, when I DO happen to hear it, I kind of like it.

If it sounds like I'm confused that's because I am.

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: 24FPS ()
Date: March 1, 2011 09:01

I remember being excited at a Disco in '76 when they played this near the end of the night. The monster sound system really pumped it out. Then when Billy's icy piano took over at the end it was too much.

How can an English boy like Bill Wyman outfunk Darryl? But it's true.

Re: Track Talk: Hot Stuff
Posted by: Come On ()
Date: March 1, 2011 11:11

Ha Ha..you think Stones music is giving any space for Darryls funkier sides?grinning smiley

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