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|Johnny Cragg||Drums, Musician|
|Antony Langdon||Guitar, Musician|
|Royston Langdon||Bass, Vocals, Musician|
|Richard Steel||Guitar, Musician|
|Paul Q. Kolderie||Producer|
|Benjamin Niles||Art Direction|
Posted October 1, 2010
It doesn't matter what your friends say, cuz unless they are telling you that Spacehog is just outright amazing, they are lying to you. The Brit-glam-punk 4some have always been just plain nuts and this, The Hogyssey, just helps to prove that. Whether they are big stars or some critically acclaimed group has nothing to do with the sound. Critics recommend what they are told to make you want to listen to. So, don't bother with those guys and run over and BUY SPACEHOG! You will find a sound that is sure to pick you up, make you smile, and make you roll down the windows in your car and belt out the lyrics!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Spacehog's existence has been rocky, at best, though it's safe to say that they are one of the most underrated, under appreciated bands in rock today. They earned instant commercial success when In the Meantime his the air back in 1995, but the critical reviews of their album, Resident Alien, were mixed. Their second album (The Chinese Album) was absolutely wonderful - a quasi-concept piece brimming with their characteristic tongue-in-cheek humor and musical fortitude. Problems with their label kept them from getting the right publicity, even with some critics finally smiling on them. It's a shame, too, since The Chinese Album was one of the best albums in the last few years. Three years have passed, and Spacehog has been picked up by Artemis records - a recent, small label unfortunately known mainly for unleashing the Baja Men on the American people. There is potential at Artemis, though, with bands like Josh Joplin, The Bicycle Thief, and, of course, Spacehog. The Hogyssey has Spacehog evolving (a pun I¿m sure Roy and Ant want us to smile at) once again, taking all that was good from their previous releases and taking a deliberate step forward. Instead of tackling the future, they have decided to comment on America today. Songs range from the clever, punked-up ¿This Is America¿ (that in itself a statement) -- with lines like ¿I'm feeling needy, cheap and greedy¿but I¿m not to blame cause my videogame got my mind¿ and ¿American history is still just a mystery to me¿ (after all, they¿re British ¿ and so is the punk scene¿s origin) ¿ to the blues-laced space ballad Dancing on My Own, complete with steel guitar (and check out the Rhapsody in Blue piano at the end). Of course Spacehog has its comeback anthem ¿ I Want To Live, as well as two or three radio-ready tunes (Ant It Is and Perpetual Drag come to mind) poised hopefully to lead them back into the limelight and hopefully grab themselves a more mainstream fan base. The end result is an absolutely superb collection of songs that proves Spacehog can adapt without selling out. The bottom line ¿ go grab this album. And while you¿re at it, grab their other two as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.