Some Like It Hot (song)

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"Some Like It Hot"
Powerstation hot.jpg
Single by The Power Station
from the album The Power Station
B-side"The Heat Is On"
GenreFunk rock[1]
Length5:05 (LP version)
3:43 (7" Version)
LabelParlophoneR 6091
Capitol - B 5444
Songwriter(s)Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Robert Palmer
Producer(s)Bernard Edwards
The Power Station singles chronology
"Some Like It Hot"
"Get It On (Bang a Gong)"
Music video
"Some Like It Hot" on YouTube

"Some Like It Hot" is a song recorded by The Power Station. It was the first single released from the group's 1985 eponymous debut album. Released by Parlophone Records in 1985, the song features heavy drum beats from Tony Thompson and vocals from Robert Palmer. It was the band's biggest hit, peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The video featured the transgender model Caroline Cossey (also known as Tula). The song was featured in the 1985 film National Lampoon's European Vacation. It was also featured in "It's a Trap!", the Family Guy parody of Return of the Jedi.


"What we really wanted to do was put this drummer out there in a way that we felt he deserved, so that song particularly was sort of designed to really showcase Tony," said bassist John Taylor. "I flew to Nassau in the Bahamas, which was where Robert Palmer lived at the time, and played him the demo that Andy and I had written and said, 'We’ve got this idea that we’re calling "Some Like It Hot."' And he just looked at me and said, 'And some sweat when the heat is on.' I was, like, 'Yes! That’ll do…'"[2]

The Power Station were living a lavish, drug-fueled lifestyle during the recording of the album, which made focusing difficult.[3] "I had to be, like, strapped to the desk if I was gonna get a bass line finished, because I was just all over the place," John Taylor said.

Track listing[edit]

7" Parlophone / R 6091 (UK)
  1. "Some Like It Hot"  – 3:45
  2. "The Heat Is On"  – 3:20
12" Parlophone / 12 R 6091 (UK)
  1. "Some Like It Hot and the Heat Is On"  – 6:36
  2. "Some Like It Hot"  – 3:45
  3. "The Heat Is On"  – 3:20
  • also released as a 12" picture disc (12RP 6091)
7" Capitol / B 5444 (US)
  1. "Some Like It Hot"  – 3:45
  2. "The Heat Is On"  – 3:20
12" Capitol / V 8631 (US)
  1. "Some Like It Hot and the Heat Is On"  – 6:36
  2. "Some Like It Hot"  – (7") - 3:45
  3. "The Heat Is On"  – 3:20

Cover versions[edit]

In 2009, the band Chin Chin released a cover version on Definitive Jux Records.


  1. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly, eds. (1992). The Rolling Stone Album Guide: Completely New Reviews : Every Essential Album, Every Essential Artist (3rd ed.). Random House. p. 552. ISBN 0-679-73729-4.
  2. ^ "Duran Duran bassist John Taylor on some of the band's most famous songs". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "Coke & Wet: The Power Station Versus Arcadia". The Quietus. Retrieved March 25, 2019.