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Rolling Stones songs: She Was Hot
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Who wants to brave the pouring rain/ For a glass of French champagne?

Written by: Jagger/Richards
Recorded: EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France, Nov. 11-Dec. 16 1982; Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, May 1983; The Hit Factory, NYC, USA, June-July 1983
Guest musicians: Ian Stewart (piano), Chuck Leavell (keyboards)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From Songfacts:
The second single from the Undercover album, “She Was Hot” finds Mick Jagger singing about romantic encounters in New York, Detroit and Chicago. He called it an “on-the-road song,” saying at the time of release: “I hate road songs normally but that’s your experience so you draw on it.”

The racy video featured a redheaded dancer who got the band so excited the zippers flew open on their pants. MTV would not air it, so The Stones supplied an alternate version without the crotch-popping.

Video was shot in Mexico City. The actress who starred in it was Anita Morris. She was also in the movieRuthless People (Mick sang the movie’s title song). Sadly, she has passed away from cancer.

Chuck Leavell, formerly of the Allman Brothers Band, played keyboards along with Ian Stewart.

The B-side to the single is “I Think I’m Going Mad,” an outtake from the Emotional Rescue sessions.

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
Mick Jagger is in his New York City hotel room, bored to death. All of a sudden, a voluptuous, smoldering creature dressed all in red appears before him. She was hot as she kissed my mouth, he sings. Next it is Keith Richards’s turn to see the woman and be knocked off his feet. Bottle of Jack Daniel’s in hand, the guitarist’s agitation causes the thermometer to explode… Julien Temple’s video lives up to the Glimmer Twins’ song in every way, combining humor and eroticism against a rock ’n’ roll backdrop every bit as hot as the kiss.

And Mick Jagger comes out with one of his finest verses: Down the avenue into the lost bayou/Into the tall bamboo, back to the human zoo/I wish you all the best, I hope we meet again/In a cold Chicago night.
“She Was Hot” was the A-side of the second single from Undercover (with “I Think I’m Going Mad” as the B-side). The song only made it to number 42 in the United Kingdom (in February 1984).