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Rolling Stones songs: Hot Stuff
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Everybody on the dance floor/ You know what I’m talking about…

Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany, March 30 1975; Casino, Montreux, Switzerland, Oct-Nov. 1975
Guest musicians: Harvey Mandel (guitar), Billy Preston (piano), Ollie Brown (percussion)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From Songfacts:
With Mick Taylor gone, The Stones were auditioning lead guitarists while recording Black And Blue. Harvey Mandel from Canned Heat played on this, but Ron Wood got the job.

This was dangerously close to disco – Donna Summer had a disco hit three years later with a the same title.

Billy Preston played the piano, Ollie E. Brown was on percussion.

“Hot Stuff” was the working title for the album until they decided on Black And Blue.

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
When Mick Jagger sings hot stuff, can’t get enough, the first image that
springs to mind is of the singer disporting himself with a woman of
boundless erotic power, but as the verses progress, it soon becomes
apparent the narrator’s good vibes are occasioned by music, ’Cause music is
what I want to keep my body always moving
, sings Jagger, music make you
forget all your trouble. The message delivered by the Stones singer to the
people of London, New York, and Jamaica is clear: good music possesses
erotic and cathartic powers.
“Hot Stuff,” the first song by the Jagger-Richards duo to possess an
emphatic funk vibe, also, in a sense, heralds the imminent disco craze that
was already starting to invade the world’s dance floors. The Stones had not
yet replaced Mick Taylor, who had just left the band, and were auditioning
various candidates. It was Harvey Mandel, the former guitarist with Canned
Heat (the legendary West Coast blues-rock outfit) who got the job for “Hot
Stuff.” Released as a single, “Hot Stuff” only managed a modest forty-ninth
place in the United States, while its B-side, “Fool to Cry,” did well on the
charts on both sides of the Atlantic, literally stealing the success intended
for the other side.

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