Hot Action Cop is an American rock band, currently based in Nashville. Rob Werthner (singer/songwriter/guitarist) formed the band in 2001 with bassist Luis Espaillat, drummer Kory Knipp and Louisville, KY guitarist Tim Flaherty, and added keyboardist Daniel Feese prior to the 2002–2003 tour. They are well known for their hit single « Fever for the Flava ».
The band’s name came from the nickname that Werthner and his friends gave his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend in the 1990s. He was an NYPD officer with a 1970s parted and feathered hairstyle. When they saw him they’d say, « here comes the hot action cop. » Long Island, NY native Werthner cites musical influences including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, Limp Bizkit, New York hardcore, Southern hip-hop, punk, metal, reggae, and songwriters like Billy Joel.
Their first release, Nutbag EP, was recorded in 2001 and released in 2002, and was only available to purchase at live shows or direct order from the band. The band released their debut album, the self-titled Hot Action Cop, on Lava/Atlantic Records in 2003. They achieved moderate success with the single « Fever for the Flava » despite no radio support. The band toured extensively from October 2002 to December 2003 throughout the US, Canada toothpaste dispenser philippines, Germany, and England supporting bands such as Evanescence and Trapt foil shaver, and including a spot on the northwest leg of the Lollapalooza tour in 2003.
Hot Action Cop released a six-song EP in 2009 with Werthner, Flaherty, Espaillat, Feese, and Miles McPherson (now with Kelly Clarkson) on drums.
On May 1, 2012, the band released a cover of the Pink Floyd song « Comfortably Numb » on iTunes and Amazon featuring the original line-up of Werthner, Flaherty, Espaillat, and Knipp.
Flaherty formed a new project, Underwater, with other Louisville, KY, area musicians. Chavolla and Greer then went on tour with their new band Strike First.
Announced on the band’s Facebook page, a new album called Listen Up! was released February 7, 2014, on hotactioncop.com. One single has been released, « House of Pain ». It has been used in promos for House of DVF on the E! Network.
« Fever for the Flava » was featured in many movies, and also appeared in episodes of the shows King of the Hill, Malcolm in the Middle, Smallville, Boston Legal, and The Man Show. Werthner also wrote the theme song for the Samuel L. Jackson/Colin Farrell film S.W.A.T.. Alternate clean versions of « Fever for the Flava » and the album version of « Goin’ Down on It » as well with instrumental versions of both of those songs appeared on the EA video game Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2. It was also voted No. 49 on MuchMusic’s (later called Fuse) list of the 50 Most Controversial Videos.