Hot Hot Hot!!! (The Cure song)

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"Hot Hot Hot!!!"
Hot Hot Hot!!! (The Cure).jpg
Single by The Cure
from the album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
Released 8 February 1988
Format 12", 7" promo
Recorded 1986
Genre Funk[1]
Length 3:34
Label Fiction
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
The Cure singles chronology
"Just like Heaven"
(1987)
"Hot Hot Hot!!!"
(1988)
"Lullaby"
(1989)

"Hot Hot Hot!!!" is the name of a 1988 single by British rock band The Cure from their album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. The song reached number 45 in the UK whereas it was more successful in Ireland, where it reached number 18, and in Spain, entering the Top 10.

History[edit]

"Hot Hot Hot!!!" was the fourth single released from the album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me—the band's seventh LP. In early 1988, it spent three weeks in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 45 on 20 February of that year.[2] In the United States, the song reached number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100, while a remix of the track by François Kevorkian charted at numbers 11 and 50 on the Dance Music/Club Play Singles and the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales charts, respectively.[3][4] It reached its highest chart position in Spain, peaking at number 8; the song was also a hit in Ireland, spending two weeks there and making number 18 on 18 February 1988.[5] It spent three weeks on the Dutch charts, reaching number 79 there.[6] As with many other singles, the video was directed by Tim Pope,[7] and has been described as "intentionally ridiculous".[8] Filmed in black and white, it featured the band as "dwarves" dressed in 1950's clothes.[9]

Reception[edit]

In a review of the single for NME in 1988, Steve Lamacq said that the song's dance mix was "spuriously welcoming, but basically a tragedy of trenchfoot" and concluded, "Even I know [Smith has] better stuff hidden in that mop of his".[10] In an undated review, Stewart Mason of Allmusic described the song as the "weakest" of the singles from the album, adding that it has markedly dated and criticised both Smith's lyrics and his vocal performance.[11]

Re-recordings and cover versions[edit]

The song appears on disc two of the live album Bestival Live 2011.[12]

Trivia[edit]

Before the song starts, Robert Smith sings the first line's of She by Charles Aznavour from the Elvis Costello English version, "She maybe the face I can't forget(...)".

Track listing[edit]

7": Elektra / 7-69424 United States[edit]

  1. "Hot Hot Hot!!!" (Remix) - 3:33
  2. "Hey You!!!" (Remix) - 2:23

MC: Elektra / 9 66783-4 United States[edit]

  1. "Hot Hot Hot!!!" (Remix) - 3:33
  2. "Hey You!!!" (Extended Remix) - 4:06
  • released in longbox

12": Fiction / Ficsx 28 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Hot Hot Hot!!!" (Extended Remix) - 7:03
  2. "Hot Hot Hot!!!" (Remix) - 3:33
  3. "Hey You!!!" (Extended Remix) - 4:06

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Steve (2006). The A to X of Alternative Music. A&C Black. p. 78. ISBN 0826482171. 
  2. ^ Cure. OfficialCharts.com. Retrieved on 22 January 2013.
  3. ^ The Cure - Awards. Allmusic.com. Retrieved on 27 January 2013.
  4. ^ Apter, Jeff. Never Enough: The Story of The Cure. Omnibus Press, 2005. ISBN 1-84449-827-1, p. 232
  5. ^ Gogan, Larry. "search". The Irish Charts - All there is to Know. Archived from the original on 18 October 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Cure - Hot Hot Hot!!! (Nummer)". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Cure". Rage. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 30 September 2000. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Picture Show (review)". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Hot Hot Hot!!!". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Lamacq, Steve. "Hot Hot Hot!!!" single review. NME. 12 February 1988.
  11. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Hot Hot Hot!!!" Allmusic.com. Retrieved on 26 January 2013.
  12. ^ "The Cure to release Bestival headline set as a live album". IPC Media. 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2013.