But despite all this, Turn Ons--which was produced by longtime Radiohead production guru Nigel Godrich--sounds incredibly fresh in 2010, and the Hotrats are generating a huge amount of buzz, considering that their packed January 19 show at L.A.'s Spaceland club was attended by several members of Radiohead (yes, even the reclusive Thom Yorke) and Spoon.
Among the best covers on Turn Ons are Gang Of Four's "Damaged Goods," the Beatles' "Drive My Car," and Lou Reed's "Can't Stand It," all of which can be viewed below. But perhaps the album's most inspired--and unexpected--remake is "Fight For Your Right To Party" by the Beastie Boys, which the Hotrats brilliantly transform from a fratboy kegger chant to a bewitching dreampop tune, as evidenced by this recent Letterman performance:
Genius! Let's hope there's a Turn Ons Vol. II in the works.
- Danny Goffey
- David Bowie
- Elvis Costello