Saturday, June 2, 1979

Donna Summer “Hot Stuff” hit #1

Hot Stuff

Donna Summer

Writer(s): Pete Bellotte, Harold Faltermeyer, Keith Forsey (see lyrics here)

Released: April 21, 1979

First Charted: April 20, 1979

Peak: 13 US, 14 CB, 13 GR, 15 HR, 12 RR, 3 RB, 11 UK, 12 CN, 11 AU, 7 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.2 UK, 2.35 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 82.8 video, 301.66 streaming


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About the Song:

Summer’s earlier top-ten hits “Love to Love You Baby” and “I Feel Love” “introduced the world to the synthetic-psychedelic Euro-disco sound.” SG and established her as “the reigning queen of disco.” SG By 1979, she was “starting to get sick of disco” SG and “wanted to sing a rock song.” SG Neil Bogart, the head of her Casablanca label, suggested they give the resulting “Hot Stuff” to Cher, FB but Summer insisted on recording it herself “and she did it with a vengeance.” SS It was “one of the hardest-rocking singles of the 1970s” SS and even won a Grammy for best rock female vocal.

Of course, “Hot Stuff” “still sounded a whole hell of a lot like a disco song” SG and ended up “a classic of the disco era.” DJ Although “Summer wasn’t an especially wild woman in real life, she could play one on record.” SG This was “one of the most salaciously sexually” SS songs of the decade. It “is a song about absolutely needing sex right now, about being so horny that you’re practically climbing the walls. Summer sells the hell out of it.” SG She’s “all feverish urgency.” SG

The groove on ‘Hot Stuff’ is just a monster. The beat is a slowed-down panther-stalk version of the disco boom. The synth hook whines and nags, pushing the intensity further while also providing one more sticky hook.” SG At the end, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of the Doobie Brothers and formerly with Steely Dan, “shows up to play a guitar solo that’s all spiky, discordant edges, growling just as hard as Summer.” SG

It was the lead single from Bad Girls, the “last, biggest, and best” SG of a run of six studio albums in the last half of the ‘70s. Rolling Stone called it “the only great disco album other than Saturday Night Fever.” SG


First posted 1/23/2023.