Turn Ons

Turn Ons

by The Hotrats


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On a busman's holiday from Supergrass, Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey kick out the cover jams as the Hotrats. The very presence of Nigel Godrich, producer of Radiohead and Beck, is a pretty good tip-off that their 2010 album, Turn Ons, isn't quite the straight-ahead romp as it may initially seem. Sometimes Turn Ons is as heady as its title, traveling down some trippy side roads -- appropriately so in a cover of the Doors' "Crystal Ship" -- and sometimes turning songs inside out, envisioning "Up the Junction" as a psychedelic lament, and recasting two perennially snotty anthems of rebellion, "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)" and "EMI," as clever acoustic-based rockers, but this ain't an art project shepherded by Godrich, this is a noisy rock & roll party that's over and out in just over a half-hour. Gaz's guitars are cranked so they spit, Danny pounds out animalistic rhythms, even during the stately march of Pink Floyd's "Bike," and there's fuzz bass splattered on every other song -- it's focused madness, with Godrich layering in details, accenting the corners with unexpected colors. All this flair reveals itself slowly, but Turn Ons retains its explosive energy with repeat spins: "Pump It Up" never rocked harder, "Queen Bitch" zeroes in on Bowie's gleeful snarl, "Lovecats" and "Love Is the Drug" dive into the gutter, while the Velvet Underground's "I Cant' Stand It" finds an actual groove. It's a hell of a good time and it does what a great covers album should: the band never lets their deep, enduring love get in the way of inspiration or imagination.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/19/2010
Label: Fat Possum Records
UPC: 0767981120522
catalogNumber: 1205
Rank: 122638

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hotrats   Primary Artist
Nigel Godrich   Noise
Pete Wareham   Saxophone
Gita Harcourt   Violin
Lucy Cover   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Syd Barrett   Composer
David Bowie   Composer
Bryan Ferry   Composer
Steve Jones   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Jim Morrison   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Composer
John Densmore   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer
Adam Horovitz   Composer
Dave Allen   Composer
Hugo Burnham   Composer
Paul Cook   Composer
Mike D   Composer
Chris Difford   Composer
Andrew Gill   Composer
John Lydon   Composer
Glen Matlock   Composer
Rick Rubin   Composer
Robert Smith   Composer
Glenn Tilbrook   Composer
Nigel Godrich   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Declan MacManus   Composer
Andy King   Composer
Krieger   Composer
Adam Yauch   Composer
Andrew Mackey   Composer
Richard Walsh   Artwork

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