It’s night time in the big city

There’s a gas leak somewhere

The bartender’s hairpiece isn’t fooling anyone


“The heat and serve episode of Theme Time Radio Hour”

Singers and Songs

  • Bessie Smith
    There’ll Be a Hot Time In Old Town Tonight

    “Here’s the Empress of the blues…”

  • Jump Into the Fire

    “Probably his hardest rocking record”

  • Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces
    Go Ahead And Burn

    “You can buy songs individually on itunes all you want, but you’re gonna miss out on some great ones. This record here was a B side – it wasn’t the side they were pushing on the radio. It’s not the one you would seek out if you were looking for the hit, but if you happened to flip the record over, there it was. You don’t have great discoveries like that any more; I wish you did. Here’s one I made a few years ago.”

  • The Gaylads
    There’s A Fire
  • The Rolling Stones
    Play With Fire

    “Hope all you listeners won’t accuse me of cronyism just because I occasionally play records by people I know.”

  • LaVerne Baker
    Soul On Fire
  • Hot and Cold

    “Didn’t stay with straight country music for long. In March of 1956, he hopped on the rockabilly train and recorded this wild single.”

  • Let’s Have Some Heat
  • Billy Lee Riley
    Red Hot
  • The Olympics
    Baby It’s Hot
  • George Jones
    Burn The Honky Tonk Down

    “Our next performer is kind of a cross between a modern day Prometheus and a possum. And he’s the closest thing country music has to a bushido. Here he is, the flat top wonder”

  • James Brown
    Hot Pants

    “Very little that needs to be said about him, but I’ll tell you one thing he said to me about this song. We were backstage somewhere, it was right about the time he had this record out, he looked right at me and he said, ‘Bob, hot pants give you confi-dance.’ Who could argue with a statement like that?”

  • Jerry Lee Lewis
    Great Balls of Fire

    “Just to give you an idea of how important this record was, back when it came out there were three different chart positions. You had the black charts, the pop charts, and the country charts. This record hit number 3 black, number 2 pop, and number 1 country. People think we do nothing but play obscure music here on Theme Time Radio Hour. Well here’s a record that was number 1, 2, and 3 all at the same time. Here’s the piano pounding madman, Jerry Lee Lewis.”

  • Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson
    Hot Little Mama
  • Johnny Cash
    Fuego de Amor

Other People and Players

The Places

  • Fajad Al Azizia, Libya

    Hottest temp ever recorded

  • Death Valley, CA
  • California
  • Earth
  • Los Angeles
  • Watts
  • Jamaica
  • Chicago, IL
  • Greece
  • Japan

Record Labels

  • Columbia
  • Sun Records
  • Atlantic Records
  • Chess Records

Other Songs and Albums

The Guests

  • Penn Jillette
  • Luke Wilson

Kinds of Heat and Sayings Involving Heat and Fire

  • Dead Heat
  • Canned Heat
  • Body Heat
  • White Heat
  • The heat of the moment
  • Like a cat on a hot tin roof
  • Fight fire with fire
  • Fire a shot across somebody’s bow
  • Turning up the heat
  • Adding fuel to the fire
  • Jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire
  • Where there’s smoke, there’s fire


  • Rolling Rock

Types of Peppers