"Hot 'n' Nasty," the opening track from the stellar album Smokin', was written by Steve Marriott. Marriott ambitiously took charge of Humble Pie after Peter Frampton left, so he produced it as well. In fact, Marriott ran around doing everything on this album until he collapsed with nervous exhaustion and his doctors put him on rest leave. You can hear his effort coming through in every minute of this album.
"Hot 'n' Nasty" was Humble Pie's biggest US hit. The band was one of the original '70s "supergroups," and are an important point in rock history. As if having Peter Frampton be part of the act weren't enough to cement their importance, Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash) did a guest turn on Smokin'. That's his backing vocals overdubbed on "Hot 'n' Nasty," and Stills also fired up his Hammond organ for "(I'm a) Road Runner / Road Runner's 'G' Jam." Clem Clempson has guitar and keyboard duty here, and he has a spot of supergroup history himself. He was previously with British progressive jazz-rock band Colosseum, before being brought in as Peter Frampton's replacement here. After this, he would narrowly miss becoming a member of Deep Purple. Clemson also dropped in for guest performances with Manfred Mann and Bob Dylan. Oh, and graphic arts fans will want to check out the incredible cover art on the single. You know you're listening to '70s supergroup boogie when you see that, don't you?