Looking Hot

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"Looking Hot"
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Single by No Doubt
from the album Push and Shove
Released November 6, 2012
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 4:42
Label Interscope
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Mark 'Spike' Stent
No Doubt singles chronology
"Settle Down"
(2012)
"Looking Hot"
(2012)

"Looking Hot" is a song by American rock band No Doubt, released as the second and final single from their sixth studio album, Push and Shove. It was written by Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal and Tom Dumont, and produced by Mark 'Spike' Stent. The song placed at number 44 in PopJustice's Top 45 singles for the year 2012.[1] The single became No Doubt's least successful single, charting at number 397 in the UK Singles Chart, partly because their music video was pulled a day after it was released.

Background and release[edit]

After releasing "Settle Down" as the lead single from "Push and Shove" (2012),[2] No Doubt released a music video for the album's title track.[3] However, they announced that they were unsure whether the track would be a single,[4] where it was then later confirmed that "Looking Hot" would be released as the second official single from the album instead.[5]

In an interview for MTV News, the band members Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal commented that the song almost didn't make the cut for Push and Shove and that, for a while there, No Doubt weren't sure if it was a song at all. She told, "The next single we're going to do is called 'Looking Hot,' and I love that song!. [It] was one of those songs that was almost thrown away; it was an end of a song that turned into a chorus that ended up being [a song] ... it was one of those weird transitional songs."[6]

Recording and production[edit]

"Looking Hot" was written by band members Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal and Tom Dumont. Mark "Spike" Stent produced and mixed the song, while additional production was done by Anthony Gorry. Programming and keyboards was provided by Anthony Gorry and Jonas Quant, with trombone and melodica being provided by Gabrial McNair, with Stephen Bradley providing the trumpet. The song was recorded at four studios: the Kingsbury Studios, (in Los Feliz), MixSuite LA, (in Santa Monica), The Sideshack, (in Long Beach), and Kingston Sound, (in Los Angeles).[7]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"Looking Hot" is a synth-slathered pop song replete with a dose of ska and reggae flavor,[8] with a pounding arena-rave beat,[9] drenched in '80s new wave tones.[8] Lyrically, "Looking Hot" finds Gwen Stefani spouting tongue-in-cheek lyrics about being a well-preserved forty-something frontwoman, wondering how much longer she can indulge in skintight clothes.[10] "Go ahead and look at me cause that's what I want. Take a good look won't you please cause that's what I want," she sings over lazy brass lines and cushy synth runs.[11] "I know you want to stare. You can't help it and I don't care." According to James Montgomery of MTV News, the song "pairs club-ready thump with catwalk-approved strut, with breezy horns, melding their skanking past with their shiny pop present.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

"Looking Hot" received positive reviews from music critics. Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian called it, "a catchy club tune influenced by Stefani's solo albums."[12] Andy Gill of The Independent thought that the song "resembles a Kylie-esque club stomper."[13] Sarah H. Grant of Consequence of Sound named it "a Confessions on a Dance Floor-style disco jam." Theon Weber of Spin called it "nearly ridiculous," writing that the song is "a refinement of their late-period hit 'Hey Baby" — synthesize these two urges, the two long ends of the party: Its bobbleheaded opening the melancholy comedown."[14]

Amy Sciarretto of Pop Crush gave the song 3 out of 5 stars, writing that, "This is the danciest that the So Cal band has sounded, thanks to the thunderous, assertive beat at the center of the song. It almost sounds like Stefani is singing over programmed, computer-generated instruments, since it's super synthetic. It's actually closer to Stefani's solo material than it is to No Doubt, since her compadres don't factor heavily into the song.[...] This could be No Doubt's version of a club banger, but we don't think it will be the favorite song of its diehard, Warped Tour-attending fans."[8] The song placed at number 44 in PopJustice's Top 45 singles for the year 2012, being considered a song that "could have been a Gwen single."[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

Despite the band's performance of the song on The X Factor on November 4, 2012, "Looking Hot" sold just 680 copies to debut at number 397 on the UK Singles Chart.[16] By November 19, the track had sold 1,400 copies.[17]

Promotion and live performances[edit]

No Doubt performed "Looking Hot" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 25, 2012 along with 1995's "Spiderwebs".[18] The group performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 25, 2012, an episode featuring President Barack Obama as the only guest.[19] The song was also performed on The X Factor on November 4,[20] at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards in Frankfurt, Germany on November 11,[21] and at the American Music Awards of 2012 on November 18.[22]

Music video[edit]

The depiction of Native Americans in the video generated controversy, particularly Gwen Stefani's appearance. Joyce Chen of the Daily News said Stefani donned a "high-fashion interpretation of a traditional Native American headdress."[23]

The "cowboys and Indians" themed music video for the song was directed by Melina Matsoukas,[24] and premiered on November 2, 2012.[25] It was removed by the band the next day amid controversy for its reportedly stereotypical depiction of Native Americans.

No Doubt released a statement apologizing "As a multi-racial band, our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures. Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history. Although we consulted with Native American friends and Native American studies experts at the University of California, we realize now that we have offended people. This is of great concern to us and we are removing the video immediately. The music that inspired us when we started the band, and the community of friends, family, and fans that surrounds us was built upon respect, unity and inclusiveness. We sincerely apologize to the Native American community and anyone else offended by this video. Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are."[26]

The American Indian Studies Center of the University of California, Los Angeles – whom No Doubt claimed to have consulted prior to filming the video – released an open letter to No Doubt which noted "perceptions that American Indians are mere historical relics, frozen in time as stereotypically savage, primitive, uniquely-spiritualized and – in the case of Native women – hyper-sexualized objects to be tamed" and said the video "is replete with such highly offensive and destructive images of Native peoples in general and Native women specifically" and that it was "rife with imagery that glorifies aggression against Indian people, and, most disturbingly, denigrates and objectifies Native women through scenes of sexualized violence" but commended the band's decision to remove the video.[27]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Push and Shove liner notes.[7]

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital single[28]
  1. "Looking Hot" – 4:43
  2. "Looking Hot" (Stephen Hilton Remix) – 7:14
  3. "Settle Down" (Jonas Quant Remix) – 4:33
  1. "Looking Hot" (Kill Paris Remix) – 4:22
  2. "Looking Hot" (R3hab Remix) – 4:23
  3. "Looking Hot" (Stephen Hilton Remix) – 7:14

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 397

References[edit]

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  3. ^ No Doubt's "Push and Shove" Video Takes It To The Streets | Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on Idolator.com Retrieved 05-11-2012. Idolator
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  5. ^ O'Mance, Brad (September 20, 2012). "No Doubt's new single will be 'Looking Hot'". Popjustice. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
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  12. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (September 27, 2012). "No Doubt: Push and Shove – review". The Guardian. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ Gill, Andy (September 21, 2012). "Album: No Doubt, Push and Shove (Polydor/Interscope)". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  14. ^ Weber, Theon (September 26, 2012). "No Doubt, 'Push and Shove'". Spin. Buzz Media. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  15. ^ "The Top 45 Singles of 2012". Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  16. ^ Jones, Alan (November 12, 2012). "Official Singles Chart Analysis: New No Doubt single sells just 680 copies". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved April 29, 2013.  (subscription required)
  17. ^ a b "No Doubt single 'Looking Hot' manages just 1,400 sales". NME. IPC Media. November 19, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  18. ^ Williott, Carl (September 25, 2012). "No Doubt Perform "Looking Hot" & "Spiderwebs" On 'Ellen': Watch". Idolator. Buzz Media. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  19. ^ Kreps, Daniel (October 25, 2012). "No Doubt Perform 'Looking Hot' For the POTUS". Spin. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  20. ^ Rigby, Sam (November 3, 2012). "No Doubt unveil new single 'Looking Hot' video - watch". Digital Spy. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  21. ^ "No Doubt Live TONIGHT at The 2012 MTV EMA's!". nodoubt.com. November 12, 2012. 
  22. ^ Shetler, Scott (November 18, 2012). "No Doubt Perform 'Looking Hot' at 2012 American Music Awards". PopCrush. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  23. ^ Chen, Joyce (November 5, 2012). "No Doubt pull music video for 'Looking Hot' after critics complain of racism, offensive Native American theme". Daily News. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  24. ^ "No Doubt Pull 'Looking Hot' Video, Apologize to Native American Community". Spin. November 3, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  25. ^ Toomey, Alyssa (November 3, 2012). "No Doubt's Cowboys-and-Indians-Themed Music Video "Looking Hot"—Watch Now!". E!. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  26. ^ Seeton, Reg (November 3, 2012). "No Doubt Pulls "Looking Hot" Video, Issues Apology". The Deadbolt. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  27. ^ Riley, Angela. "An Open Letter to No Doubt, Supersonic Public Relations and Interscope Records in Response to No Doubt's Video, "Looking Hot"" (PDF). University of California, Los Angeles. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  28. ^ "No Doubt - Looking Hot - Diskografie". UniversalMusic.de. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
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