1980 – Donna Summer wins a Grammy for “Hot Stuff,…

Donna Summer

1980 – Donna Summer wins a Grammy for “Hot Stuff,” Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Earth, Wind & Fire wins a Grammy for “After the Love Has Gone,” Best R&B Group Vocal Performance.

Lyrics:

Sittin’ here, eatin’ my heart out waitin’
waitin’ for some lover to call
dialed about a thousand numbers lately
almost rang the phone off the wall

Lookin’ for some hot stuff baby this evenin’
I need some hot stuff baby
I want some hot stuff baby this evenin’
gotta have some hot stuff
gotta have some lovin’
I need hot stuff
I want some hot stuff
I need hot stuff

Lookin’ for a lover who needs another
don’t want another night on my own
wanna share my love with a warm blooded lover
wanna bring a wild man back home

Gotta have some hot love baby this evenin’
I need some hot stuff baby
I want some hot stuff baby this evenin’
gotta have some lovin’
got to have a love
I need hot stuff
hot love
lookin’ for hot love

Hot, hot, hot, hot stuff
hot, hot, hot
hot, hot, hot, hot stuff
hot, hot, hot

How’s that hot stuff baby this evenin’
I need some hot stuff baby
gimme little hot stuff baby this evenin’
hot stuff baby got to I need your love
I need hot stuff
lookin’ for hot stuff
gotta have some hot stuff

Sittin’ here eatin’ my heart out no reason
won’t spend another night on my own
I dialed about hundred numbers baby
I’m bound to find somebody home

Gotta have some hot stuff baby this evenin’
I need some hot stuff baby
lookin’ for some hot stuff baby this evenin’
I need your love baby
don’t need your love

Hot stuff
baby this evening
I need hot stuff baby
yes, yes, I want some hot stuff baby this evenin’
I want some hot stuff baby
yes, yes, yes now hot stuff baby
I need your hot stuff baby
I want some hot stuff baby this evenin’
hot stuff baby
got to I need your love

“Hot Stuff” is a well known hit single released by American disco singer Donna Summer in 1979 as the first single release from her Bad Girls album through Casablanca Records. Up to that point, Summer had mainly been associated with disco songs but this song also showed significant rock influences including the guitar, which had never been used in a Donna Summer single before. In fact the very intricate solo was played by Ex Doobie Brother and Steely Dan guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA and remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three non-consecutive weeks. “Hot Stuff” would also win Summer the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, making her the first African-American artist to achieve that feat. It is ranked #103 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

The songs also lists at #67 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of all time.[1]

The song also topped the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart, with Summer’s follow-up “Bad Girls” as a double A-side. The popular 12″ single edition of the song plays the full 6:47 version of the song and then segues into “Bad Girls” 4:55 version.

Cover versions

The track was covered in 1995 by DJ Miko, giving the tune a contemporary dance music twist, and later partially covered by The Pussycat Dolls in their 2005 debut album PCD. The verses (which were slightly altered) and the overall sound of the song are from Siobhan Fahey’s “Bitter Pill”, but with the chorus of Summer’s “Hot Stuff” and it was renamed it “Hot Stuff (I Want You Back)”. For the build up of the 1998 FA Cup final, Arsenal covered the song, using samples from the original, and replacing some lyrics, with descriptions of the squad, who were to play in the final.

The most recent artist to cover the song is EliZe, a Dutch popstar. Her version was released in September 2008 and is currently charting on various charts in Europe.

Appearances in other media

The song was memorably featured in the popular 1997 film The Full Monty. During a press event on his 50th birthday, Charles, Prince of Wales helped recreate the scene in which the four main characters overhear the song while waiting in line at the unemployment office.[1]

The song is also featured prominently in an episode of the British mystery television series Jonathan Creek in the episode Angel Hair where it is sung by Caroline Carver who plays popstar Sally Ellen Oakley. It also forms a part of the soundtrack of the movie Eurotrip.

Steve Allen did a “poetic” reading of “Hot Stuff” on one of his 1980 television shows, along the lines of his “poetic” readings of rock and roll songs he had done in the 1950s. At one point, Allen solemnly intoned, “Hot, hot, hot . . . stuff, stuff, stuff.”

In 1981, it was adapted to a TV commercial in Australia advertising the Four’N Twenty Pie.

Professional Wrestler Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert used it as his theme song throughout the years til his passing in 1995.

The song appears on the video game Karaoke Revolution Volume 2.

Hot Stuff is the background song in Episode 31 of Sex and the City in which Carrie Bradshaw is a guest celebrity judge on Staten Island for the New York City Fire Department’s “Calendar Contest”. Bad Girls is then played as the gals are getting down on the dance floor afterwards.

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