The SF bay area is home Hot Lunch; purveyors of one of the finest brands of HEAVY-osity currently in operation. Taking cues from the likes of Lemmy-era Hawkwind, Blue Cheer, Crushed Butler, The Groundhogs, skateboarding and Black Sabbath (at 78RPM), Hot Lunch plays the type of music that can easily cross over to those in which heavy isn't quite their cup of sludge. Specifically, the unstoppable GROOVE and song composition sets them apart from the pack.
Once again, my instructions are to BUY this groups' amazing debut LP NOW. I don't think you'll regret it one bit, as it has "modern classic" stamped all over it.
Luckily for us 7" fanatics, HL has released two; their debut slab from 2010 contains "She Wants More", a track that was re-recorded for their debut LP (slightly slower, but just as good- personally I'm stoked that there are two versions of this jam). Sure, the riff has a little bit in common with Sabbath's 'Paranoid", but if that doesn't put a smile on your face, I'm sorry for ya. The band states their intention IMMEDIATELY on this record; it's the musical equivalent of getting buckled into a '68 SS 396 Chevelle with your deranged uncle behind the wheel driving way too fucking fast on some country road, where you kinda fear for your life, but on the same hand don't really want it to stop.
"Killer Smile" is one of the HIGHlights of HL's debut LP, and it was also released as a 45 as an advance appetizer for the LP. Guitarist Aaron Nudelman gets to show off all his amazing abilities and taste here; I especially love his use of heavy reverb which lends excellent shade and vibe to the playing. Vocalist (and heavy duty skateboarder) Eric Shea shows off his melodic scream to perfection, not to mention the rhythm section devastation offered by Rob Alper on double kick drum and flailing arms.Charlie Karr keeps it rooted on bass, and the band can change time and tempo in a way that doesn't seem odd or forced. The flip side is non LP; a version of the track "You're Alright", a poppy track from the 1980 film Skateboard Madness that gets sticky and full of resin after bubbling through the Hot Lunch machine. You can buy a copy of your very own here.
Giorgio Moroder became known worldwide not only as one of the pioneering disco producers, but also one of the most important producers to use and adapt synthesisers and sequencers; Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" was released only one year before "Moonshiner", but the two tracks come from different sides of a similar coin.
Using the pseudonym Tracey Dean (along with frequent collaborator Pete Bellotte), Moroder cut one of the ultimate glam-rock stompers in 1974. Several websites list Bellotte as the vocalist, but it sure sounds like Moroder to my ears, especially when heard in sequence with the nest track.
Flashing back a few years we have the delightfully Euro-trashy "Looky, Looky'; Moroder's first hit (on the European continent, at least). By the release of this record in 1969, Moroder had been working behind the boards for various groups for four years. One thing that binds both records (other than frightening facial hair) is their unrelentless beat; Moroder had a way with his productions that emphasised the hypnotic power of beats. And of course Giorgio shamelessly lifts The Rivington's "Papa Oom Mow Mow" here, which was also shamelessly lifted by The Trashmen ("Surfin' Bird').
"T.Rexmas! is mainly built around the stomping woulda-been hit “Christmas Bop,” recorded in 1975 for an aborted single that would have been paired with “Telegram Sam” and “Metal Guru.” It’s glammy, with a strong whiff of the disco and soul influence he was picking up from girlfriend Gloria Jones. The rest of the collection is devoted to Bolan esoterica, including a folksy 16-second track from 1971 (recalling the acoustic Tyrannosaurus Rex sound), and a 1972 message produced by Tony Visconti for the Bolan Fan Club (released on flexi-disc), which alternates between good tidings from the band and loose jamming before wrapping up with a blast of “Solid Gold Easy Action,” featuring Jeff Lyne of ELO on guitar." Link via britrockaholic via aquarium drunkard
Show credits Deborah - Marc Bolan with T. Rex Your Generation - Generation X I'm A Fighter - Lip Service Heart Throb's Dance - Ain't it Strange) Groove A Little - Marc Bolan with T. Rex Ride A White Swan - Marc Bolan with T. Rex Heart Throb's Dance (I Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet)/ Gonzalez (band) Do Anything you Want To Do - Eddie and the Hot Rods Heroes - David Bowie Instrumental Jam with David Bowie and Marc Bolan & T. Rex
Show credits New York City - Marc Bolan with T. Rex Idolizer- Denis Conly To Lane - Steve Gibbons Band I Love To Boogie - Marc Bolan with T. Rex Endless Sleep - Marc Bolan with T. Rex Confessing - Robin Askwith I Wanna Testify - Roger Taylor (Queen) Dandy In The Underground - Marc Bolan with T. Rex
Sing Me A Song - Marc Bolan with T. Rex Groove A Little - Marc Bolan with T. Rex Looking After Number One - The Boomtown Rats You're My Baby - Jamie Wild Let's Dance - Marc Bolan with T. Rex Hearts Throbs Dance (Celebrate Summer/ Marc Bolan with T. Rex) Get Your Love Right - Alan David Quark Strangeness and Charm - Hawkwind Hot Love - Marc Bolan with T. Rex
Sing Me A Song - T.Rex All Around The World I've Been Looking - The Jam I Love To Boogie - T.Rex Cool Wind From The North - Stephanie No Russians In Russia - Radio Stars Heart Throb's Dance (You Made Me Believe In Magic / DCR) Celebrate Summer - T.Rex You Have What It Takes - Showaddywaddy Jeepster - T.Rex