Hot Water (song)

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"Hot Water"
Single by Level 42
from the album True Colours
B-side "Standing in the Light"
"Dream Crazy" (US)
"The Chinese Way" (Canada)
"Kansas City Milkman" (Canada)
Released August 1984 (1984-08)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Genre Jazz-funk, new wave
Length 3:38 (7" Version)
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Mark King,
Mike Lindup,
Phil Gould,
Wally Badarou
Producer(s) Ken Scott
Level 42 singles chronology
"Micro-Kid"
(1983)
"Hot Water"
(1984)
"The Chant Has Begun"
(1984)

"Hot Water" is a single released in 1984 by the British musical group Level 42. It was released a couple of weeks before the album True Colours. The single reached #18 on the UK Singles Chart[1] and was a top ten hit in the Netherlands and Norway. The song was produced by Ken Scott

In 1985, "Hot Water" and another True Colours song, "The Chant Has Begun", were tacked onto the US version of Level 42's breakthrough album, World Machine, in place of "I Sleep on My Heart," "Dream Crazy" (which only appeared on the European CD version of the album), and "Coup D'Etat." "Hot Water" was released as the US follow-up single to the World Machine breakthrough single, "Something About You" in 1986; it peaked at #87.[2]

B-sides[edit]

The B-sides of the 1984 releases featured the title track of the Level 42 album, Standing in the Light, which was their latest album when the single was released. This song was produced by Larry Dunn and Verdine White, both members of Earth, Wind & Fire. The Canadian releases of 1985, featured "The Chinese Way", produced by Mike Vernon, and "Kansas City Milkman", produced by Ken Scott, as B-sides. On the 1986 US release "Dream Crazy" was on the B-side, produced by Level 42 and Wally Badarou. The live version that appears on the U.S. 12" release is the same version released on A Physical Presence.

Tracklistings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Mark King, Mike Lindup, Phil Gould and Wally Badarou, except where noted.

7" vinyl[edit]

  • UK: Polydor / POSP 697
  • Netherlands: Polydor / 881 262-7
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Water" (Edit) 3:38
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Standing in the Light" (Edit) King, P. Gould, Badarou 3:35
  • US: Polydor / 885 155-7 (1986)
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Water"   3:38
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dream Crazy"   King, Lindup, P. Gould 3:55

12" vinyl[edit]

  • UK: Polydor / POSPX 697
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Water" (Extended Version)  
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Standing in the Light" (Extended Version) King, P. Gould, Badarou 7:26
  • Australia, Germany Netherlands: Polydor / 881 262-1
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Water" (Mastermix) 10:21
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Standing in the Light" (Extended Version) King, P. Gould, Badarou 7:26
  • Canada: Polydor / POLSX 117 (1985)
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Water" (Mastermix)  
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Turn It On" (Live) King, P. Gould, Boon Gould, Badarou  
2. "The Chinese Way"   King, P. Gould, Badarou  
3. "Kansas City Milkman"      
  • Canada: Polydor / DJP 191 (Promo, 1985)
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Water" (Extended Mix) 10:21
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Water" (Album Version) 3:35
  • US: Polydor / 885 155-1 (1986)
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Water" (Mastermix) 10:21
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Water"   3:38
2. "Hot Water" (Live) 6:14

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[1] 18
Dutch GfK chart[3] 4
Dutch Top 40[4] 3
Norwegian Singles Chart[5] 10
Chart (1986) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 87

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Level 42 - Hot Water". Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Level 42 > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Retrieved 19 July 2009 (2009-07-19).  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Level 42 - Hot Water" (in Dutch). Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 - Week 41, 1984". Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "norwegiancharts.com - Level 42 - Hot Water". Retrieved 19 July 2009.