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NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 26: Mick Jones of the group Foreigner performs at Prudential Center on June 26, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

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Foreigner: “Hot Blooded”

The Hook: I smell something burning…

Album: Double Vision

Year: 1978

Writers: Lou Gramm and Mick Jones

Stats: Peaked at number-three on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Lou Gramm’s words to “Hot Blooded” may have some personal meaning to him, but guitarist Mick Jones explains that when the music for the song was coming together, something happened that led to the eventual lyrics and title.

Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones on how “Hot Blooded” got its title. OC:…comes from. :19

“That was a very spontaneous song, it came together in the studio. Actually, while I was playing it, we still didn’t have the title for it. But we were really ferociously jamming on it and suddenly my amp caught fire in the studio — almost burnt the studio down. So that’s kind of the vibe of that song, sort of where it comes from.”