Singled Out: Tameca Jones' 'Hot and Bothered'
'Hot and Bothered' came into this world as a Motown inspired drum and bass loop I found on Garageband one fine day. The loops made my head bob and booty shake, which is key for any song I create. At the time, I had a huge crush on a guy. I'm super shy, so I used this song to get my feelings out. I tried to think of smooth and clever compliments. "Give my regards to the woman that made ya." Man, that line is smooth as hell. If someone approached me with that line right there, my panties would drop.
This song pretty much wrote itself. I was just a conduit for the lustful spirit that flowed through me. The melody was super easy. I usually come up with the lyrics and melody at the same time. I'm not someone who can sing a bunch of "da da da di dums" over music and write lyrics later. It all comes together.
When I recorded the song, my producer, Josh Moore, wanted to get the most lustful vocal performance he could from me. He did so by printing out pictures of Lenny Kravitz and Chris Hemsworth and taping them to my microphone stand. He told me to imagine myself singing to them in a crowded club. Brilliant technique. Lenny and Chris are so damn fine. I could sing lustfully to them all day.