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Hot Leg – Red Light Fever

February 15, 2009

Editor rating 5.8

Artist Hot Leg

Title Red Light Fever


The strangest thing happened to me the other day. I had a nightmare during which I got the debut album from Justin Hawkins’ new band ‘Hot Leg’ and the chorus of the first song was Justin screaming something about poultry…. Holy shit! It’s not a nightmare, it’s real! He really IS screaming “Whoa, if I just get some chickens!” Now I have absolutely no idea what he has been on, but I definitely want some. As an opener this is surrealness itself, banshee wailing over a ‘Hocus Pocus’ soundalike mess of a song that also includes the wackiest keyboard section. Either the band have a secured a deal to provide the soundtrack for the next KFC advert or this is a deliberate attempt at the bizarre. Either way, it’s the strangest thing I have ever heard. Meanwhile back on planet earth, I’m left wondering what’s next? Many had predicted that this project would be simply Darkness part 2, Hawkins high pitched delivery of tongue in cheek sounding lyrics presented in a Queen-alike production backed up by the occasional catchy riff and guitar solo. To some extent this is true, but on repeated listens there is a bit more going on under the surface. Despite the comedic nature of the presentation, there are some real pieces of social commentary, not least within ‘Ashamed’ on which Justin duets with former Eurovision collaborator Bev Brown, whose excellent voice gives this damnation of televisual trash it’s soulful edge. As an album I think this will have it’s fans (many of whom will be Darkness devotees), but like all good parties it’s time this one ended. I met Justin Hawkins once while we were both very drunk and I totally loved the man, but for me he is wasting his talent as a guitar player on such throwaway material. Don’t get me wrong, I think these songs will be the life and soul of any party and probably go down a storm live, but apart from ‘Trojan Guitar’ I honestly wouldn’t complain if I never heard them again. People often ask me what the lineup of my fantasy supergroup would be, and Justin Hawkins would definitely be one of the guitarists. Anyone who can replicate the orchestral nature of Brian May and solo like Dave Meniketti will always find a place in my heart. I loved ‘Permission To Land’ as an album, but it’s time to move on. I pray for the day when Justin decides to lend his axe to a real out an out rock band because that will truly be something to shout about. Musically as watertight as a ducks fart, Hot Leg are no doubt going to have their moment in the sun, but like the man said; “The sun shines on every dog’s arse once”.

Current Lineup : Justin Hawkins(lead vocals, guitar) Pete Rinaldi(guitar, backing vox) Samuel SJ Stokes(bass,vocals) Darby Todd(drums,vocals)

One Comment leave one →
  1. Panther permalink*
    February 16, 2009 4:46 pm

    At least this reviewer is honest…

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