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HOT LEG – RED LIGHT FEVER. BARBECUE ROCK. GENRE: MAN ROCK.

January 29, 2009

POWERPLAY MAGAZINE ISSUE 107. FEBRUARY 2009
HOT LEG – RED LIGHT FEVER. BARBECUE ROCK. GENRE: MAN ROCK.
It’s been three years since we last had an album that featured the vocal
gymnastics of Mr. Justin Hawkins and in my book that’s three years to
long. The rock scene needs natural born showmen like Justin and with
his new band Hot Leg he’s going all out to put the show back into
showbiz once again. His new musical venture is the mighty Hot Leg.
Pioneers of “Man Rock” they have come armed with an arsenal of songs
and an image that makes them look like extras from Olivia Newton Johns
“Physical” video (ask yer dad, it’s an eighties classic) or Flashdance.
It’s very eighties in its whole approach and seeing as the eighties was
one of my favourite decades, that sits well with me. Having played this
album over fifteen times in the few days that I’ve had it I think I can
safely say that it’s an absolute stormer. It manages to forge the
hard-hitting songs from “Permission To Land” with the production
techniques of “One Way Ticket” to devastating effect. At ten tracks and
under thirty six minutes in duration it’s a lean, mean man rock
machine, there’s no flab on this baby. Justin has spent the last couple
of years wisely as this collection of songs is some of the strongest he
has written. The likes of “Chickens” as an album opener, is pure class.
It’s AC/DC “Sin City” riff meets the musical madness that is Justin
Hawkins lyrical mind full-on to give us an album opener that is as
important to this album as “Black Shuck” was to “Permission…”. In “I’ve
Met Jesus” they have a song that should have been as big as “I Believe
In A Thing Called Love” such is its infectious hook-line. The eighties
influence rears its lycra clad head, or should that be leg, on the
likes of “Cocktails” and “Gay In The Eighties” to devastating effect.
For me though, with “Kissing In The Wind”, Justin has saved his best
until last. This is a tour-de-force of a song that finishes this album
in fine style. With the promise of a second album within the next
twelve months it’s a fine time to be a Hot Leg fan. Some people
perceive music as an art form, well, if I want art I’ll go to a
gallery, if I want to rock I’ll put on Hot Leg. Great music, bloody
great!
ROB EVANS
POWERPOINTS 9
www. myspace. com/aorundergroundrobevans

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