Sunday, November 08, 2009

Noughties By Nature #30: Hot Hot Heat - Bandages

Bandages is the great forgotten guitar pop record of the decade. It’s a nutty blast of a tune that scrapes away at the surface and makes the listener want to bounce bounce bounce. It is the ultimate drunken student indie disco soundtrack, full of frazzled riffs, shrieking vocals and a structure that grows and grows until it orgasms in a hot sweaty climax.

There is nothing particularly unique about this song. Everything you hear during its three minutes and thirty seconds of thrusting at your earlobes you will be familiar with, but it’s a familiarity that is delivered with such passion, that you can’t help but wilt and give in. The Canadian band have never produced anything as good as this since, which is probably just as well because we don’t think we could take much more without passing out.
Robin Seamer

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6 comments:

thommo said...

They made Goodnight, Goodnight though, which i think is as good as if not better than this!

Mistress Wanda said...

Their first album in 2003 was critically aclaimed from what I remember. Bandages was banned by the BBC at the start of the Iraq war which thrust them further into the limelight. Their next album came out in around 2005 and disappeared into that musial black hole that some many albums fall into. I remember reading one review that said 'they just sound a bit too 2003'. How fickle the music scene. It's a shame as I thought they were fun.

Penny Broadhurst said...

Bag of jizz, bag of jizz, bag of jizz. What it sounds like, in more than one way.

Breaking More Waves Blog said...

Nothing wrong with a bag of jizz! Like the fact that this is getting some comments and yet my choice of Kate Nash Foundations (which I thought would get a complete pasting) hasn't received any....

Such is the odd way of the blogosphere and music...

Simon said...

Trust me, there's a couple in the next three days which will provoke substantial comment if I'm any judge.

Funny thing about the banning of Bandages during the Iraq war was that, erm, they didn't - it remained on the playlist until just after release and indeed I heard Jo Whiley play it the day after that was reported. Yet the BBC gladly confirmed those stories at the time. Hmm.

Breaking More Waves Blog said...

Looking forward to seeing more of those controversial ones. I kind of like them best !