The Hot Rats – Leeds, 12th October 2009

Hot Rats

Supergrass have always been one of the great underappreciated groups of Britpop. Album after album of finely crafted pop songs. So that’s why I’m heading to The Cockpit on a Monday night to see The Hot Rats – Gaz and Danny’s latest side project.  The premise is simple; they record covers of their favourite songs, with producer Nigel Goodrich, and then go on the road to play them.

Despite there only been the two musicians the sound is full, fast and furious.  Eight songs I’m familiar with and four I don’t know. It’s a good mix and my favourite tonight is a storming version of Damaged Goods, which prompted me to play the original as soon as I got home.

Danny reveals that they were paid £35,000 to record Drive My Car for a Boss Orange  fragrence advert featuring Sienna Miller, that largely paid for the making of the album.

The album, titled Turn Ons, is out in January 2010 but you can get a taste of the sound at their Myspace site.

The set list is at the top of this post and, for your ease and information, the originals are by The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, The Beastie Boys, the Doors, Gang Of Four, Pink Floyd, The Beat, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Elvis Costello, The Beatles, The Cure and the Sex Pistols.

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