‘Hotter Than Hell’ vs. ‘Cold as Ice’ – Clash of the Titans
Summer’s here and temperatures are rising. Do we embrace the heat, or blast the A/C? How you answer that question might influence your vote in our latest Clash of the Titans: This time around, we’re pitting the classic Kiss cut ‘Hotter Than Hell’ against Foreigner‘s 1977 smash ‘Cold as Ice.’
Kiss struck first with their song, which was released in 1974 as the title track to the band’s second LP. And although neither the track nor the album were hits at the time — the ‘Hotter Than Hell’ record peaked at No. 100 on the Billboard 200, spinning off no hit singles — it’s since become a staple of the band’s repertoire, appearing on set lists and best-of compilations repeatedly over the ensuing decades. It’s easy to see why; reportedly inspired by a woman Paul Stanley met in a bar, it opens with a verse that pretty much sums up Kiss in four lines: “She looked good / She looked hotter than hell / All dressed in satins and lace / I looked at her and it was just too clear / I had to get on the case.”
‘Cold as Ice’ arrived three years later, but landed with a much bigger impact, breaking the Top 10 on the pop charts as the second single from Foreigner’s self-titled debut LP and cementing their status as a young rock group to be reckoned with. One of three Top 40 hits from the album (including ‘Feels Like the First Time’ and ‘Long, Long Way from Home,’ it remains one of the band’s signature songs, and has been a durable AOR mainstay ever since.
So which of these temperature-driven tracks best hits the spot? Listen to them both below before voting, and remember: you can cast a ballot once an hour between now and Sunday, July 6 at 11:59PM ET, when this Clash of the Titans poll goes on the books.
Watch Kiss Perform ‘Hotter Than Hell’
Watch Foreigner Perform ‘Cold as Ice’