The Bad Girls
album was recorded at Rusk Sound Studios in Los Angeles, with two of this song's writers playing many of the instruments: Keith Forsey was on drums and Harold Faltermeyer played keyboards. The bass player on this song was Scott Edwards, who also played on the song "Bad Girls" and many other disco hits. Edwards told Songfacts
: "On 'Hot Stuff,' they had the chord charts. They said on that one, 'Do the traditional disco thing,' bass-wise. It tried to have a little more musicality, but it was getting into that standardized disco mode, the usual drum and bass part. The earlier stuff was more musical, and I guess that's why I count it as a little bit better."