Believe it or not, this was a Top 20 hit in the US and a Number 2 hit in the UK back in 1970. Two of the key members of Hotlegs (Kevin Godley and Lol Creme) later became pivotal members of the band 10CC (“I’m Not in Love,” “The Things We Do For Love”) and then later went on to greater fame as music video directors in the early MTV era (The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit,” and Duran Duran’s notorious X-rated “Girls of Film”). Note the “neanderthal” women who appear later in the clip are wearing knee-high leather boots. My only question is why didn’t the notorious SF punk rock band Flipper record a 4-hour version of this song?
Rod Stewart pissed away all of the good will he established in the early 1970s (“Every Picture Tells a Story” is still one of the greatest albums of all time) with increasingly tacky and tasteless (and sadly, more commercially successful) material. “Hot Legs” from 1977 is arguably Rod at his most tacky and tasteless … but this is still a damn good raunchy hard rock song. With the exception of “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” if there was ever song tailor-made for strip clubs, I don’t know what is.
I really love the primitive, early music-video aesthetics at play here in the video, by the way.