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Barnes & Noble - Scott Schinder
On the title track of their third album, these New York-based English neo-glamsters belatedly welcome the new millennium by recasting Richard Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra -- better known as the theme of Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey -- as a cheesy '70s TV cop show. That tongue-in-cheek touch aside, The Hogyssey is a surprisingly thoughtful song cycle seemingly inspired by the ups and downs of the band's roller-coaster music career. Recorded in Memphis with in-demand alt-pop producer Paul Ebersold, the 12-song album's more accomplished songcraft and relatively serious lyrical focus flatters the band's flashy sound and frontman Royston ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Schinder
On the title track of their third album, these New York-based English neo-glamsters belatedly welcome the new millennium by recasting Richard Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra -- better known as the theme of Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey -- as a cheesy '70s TV cop show. That tongue-in-cheek touch aside, The Hogyssey is a surprisingly thoughtful song cycle seemingly inspired by the ups and downs of the band's roller-coaster music career. Recorded in Memphis with in-demand alt-pop producer Paul Ebersold, the 12-song album's more accomplished songcraft and relatively serious lyrical focus flatters the band's flashy sound and frontman Royston Langdon's flamboyant swagger. The singer's cheeky grandiosity is balanced by a more sensitive, humane side on such tunes as "Earthquake," "This Is America," and the uplifting "I Want to Live," whose surging chorus and life-embracing lyrics belie the band's frivolous image. Elsewhere, Langdon's guitarist brother, Antony, steps forward as co-writer of the reggae-inflected album opener, "Jupiter's Moon," and the reflective road song "At Least I Got Laid," which affectingly portrays the spiritual downside of the sex/drugs/rock 'n' roll equation.
All Music Guide - John Duffy
For their third full-length effort, Spacehog stayed close to the Bowie/T. Rex sound that made their 1996 debut Resident Alien such a hit. But if hopes were that a single as catchy as that album's out-of-the-gate hit "In the Meantime" was to be found, sadly there is not. That's not to say The Hogyssey doesn't have its moments. The lead single, "I Want to Live," displays all the fuzz and falsetto that made "Meantime" so popular and with a line like "soar like an angel, ride like a whore," how could it go wrong?, and the accusatory "A Real Waste of Food" goes for a Diamond Dogs vibe and gets chunky with Wurlitzer and horns. "Perpetual Drag," "At Least I Got Laid," and "Jupiter's Moon" sport some truly inspired guitar riffs and powerful playing, but the corny rearrangement of Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra" better known as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey is just downright ill-advised. An attempt to get back to the vibe of Resident Alien may have been a good idea, but now, in addition to drawing liberally from Bowie and glam rock, the Hog are already revisiting their own work. Crunchy guitars aside, perhaps Hogyssey is a misstep for Langdon and company.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2001
  • Label: Artemis Records
  • UPC: 699675106829
  • Catalog Number: 51068

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jupiter's Moon (3:46)
  2. 2 This Is America (4:12)
  3. 3 I Want to Live (4:30)
  4. 4 Earthquake (2:49)
  5. 5 A Real Waste of Food (4:40)
  6. 6 Perpetual Drag (3:49)
  7. 7 Danicing on My Own (5:54)
  8. 8 And It Is (4:54)
  9. 9 The Hogyssey (2:37)
  10. 10 The Strangest Dream (4:12)
  11. 11 At Least I Got Laid (3:49)
  12. 12 The Horror (17:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spacehog Primary Artist
Johnny Cragg Drums, Musician
Antony Langdon Guitar, Musician
Royston Langdon Bass, Vocals, Musician
Richard Steel Guitar, Musician
Technical Credits
Paul Ebersold Producer
Bryce Goggin Producer
Paul Q. Kolderie Producer
Sean Slade Producer
Spacehog Arranger, Producer
Benjamin Niles Art Direction
Skidd Mills Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spacehog is amazing!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Odyssey Worth Having

    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.

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