13 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In this side project of Supergrassers Gaz Coombes (guitar/vocals) and Danny Goffey (drums), the duo gives a nod to David Bowie’s own classic covers project, Pin-Ups. Fans of Supergrass will knowingly nod in approval of these particular “turn-ons.” But hearing the Hot Rats’ glammed-up version of the Velvet Underground’s “I Can’t Stand It” and their Who-meets-the Kinks filtering of the Beastie Boy’s “(You Gotta Fight) For Your Right (To Party!)” puts Smith and Benton in a different light, and are great fun to boot. They even pay tribute to The Doors with an appropriately dark and spooky “The Crystal Ship,” Coombes’ vocals nailing the spirit of Morrison in his leather-panted glory. Another fitting surprise is their nod to Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett, with a colorful, ‘60s-steeped take on “Bike.” Their beautifully spare version of Gang of Four’s “Damaged Goods” and the Sex Pistols’ “EMI” manage a ruckus with little more than an enthusiastically pounded acoustic guitar and drums (though “EMI” features a rollicking and perfectly placed piano). Good times!

EDITORS’ NOTES

In this side project of Supergrassers Gaz Coombes (guitar/vocals) and Danny Goffey (drums), the duo gives a nod to David Bowie’s own classic covers project, Pin-Ups. Fans of Supergrass will knowingly nod in approval of these particular “turn-ons.” But hearing the Hot Rats’ glammed-up version of the Velvet Underground’s “I Can’t Stand It” and their Who-meets-the Kinks filtering of the Beastie Boy’s “(You Gotta Fight) For Your Right (To Party!)” puts Smith and Benton in a different light, and are great fun to boot. They even pay tribute to The Doors with an appropriately dark and spooky “The Crystal Ship,” Coombes’ vocals nailing the spirit of Morrison in his leather-panted glory. Another fitting surprise is their nod to Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett, with a colorful, ‘60s-steeped take on “Bike.” Their beautifully spare version of Gang of Four’s “Damaged Goods” and the Sex Pistols’ “EMI” manage a ruckus with little more than an enthusiastically pounded acoustic guitar and drums (though “EMI” features a rollicking and perfectly placed piano). Good times!

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