Recording on "She Was Hot" first began in late 1982. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards the song is a traditional rock 'n' roll song from the Stones. It is said that Jagger bemoans either lost love or the groupies bands can encounter on tour, mentioning several American cities throughout the lyrics:
Detroit was smoky grey, Nothing like the good old days. Well I got a fever that I'm fighting. I don't need your company, Leave me in my misery. I can take the rebound just like lightning.
The song is notable as both original Stones pianist Ian Stewart and his replacement Chuck Leavell perform on the recording. The b-side to the single was an Emotional Rescue outtake, "I Think I'm Going Mad."
"She Was Hot" was released as the second single from the album on January 24, 1984. The song did not perform well, reaching only number 44 on the U.S. Charts and number 42 on the U.K. Charts. A memorable video was produced for the song, featuring actress Anita Morris who semi-comically tempts each member of the band. The video version includes the complete second verse ending with "Grab a cab, grab a cab, and baby, come right by".
The Rolling Stones resurrected "She Was Hot" for the 2006 United States leg of their A Bigger Bang Tour. The song made its live debut on October 11, 2006 in Chicago, and has been a regular part of the band's set list since then.
A performance of "She Was Hot" was captured for the 2008 concert film and live album Shine a Light.