Hot Rats aren't a new band, but it's a sideproject from two members from Supergrass namely Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey.
What makes them different then? Well, Hot Rats are a band who only do covers and that's what you're getting here : 12 covers. Gaz and Danny digged their recordcollection and as you can expect, it's mainly 60's and 70's stuff.
About the choice we can be rather short : no surprises, all well known stuff (Elvis Costello, Syd Barret, Roxy Music, Sex Pistols, The Cure).
Is it a bad album then?
Absolutely not, at the contrary. People might be telling that it's a shame a band opts for a coveralbum but David Bowie did exactly the same in the mid 70's (Pin Ups) and it ended up being a real classic.
Some versions are even more interesting than the original ones, just check out the psychedelic version from "You gotta fight for your right" by The Beastie Boys where as other covers are pretty lame, like "Pump it up" by Elvis Costello.
Much depends of course a bit if you liked the originals or not, but with this album, it looks like the two lads found some new inspiration which they certainly can use for forthcoming records by Supergrass.
All by all an album that's certainly worth checking out.
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