I'm not sure the world needs another covers band. But another superstar covers band? Now that's a different story. Especially when they've gone so far as to steal even their name from another band.
I may be going a bit far with using that "s" word up there, but there was a time that Supergrass was one of the best around. I guess it says something that two-thirds of the band makes up The Hot Rats, whose easy-to-listen-to debut, Turn Ons, comes out tomorrow.
Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey have some pitched up takes on "Damaged Goods" by Gang of Four, "Pump It Up" by Elvis Costello and an absolutely incendiary cover of David Bowie's classic "Queen Bitch." If that didn't give away my taste, I don't know what would.
But with the Beastie Boys classic, the song that introduced them to the world - and for much of the world, unfortunately, completely represents them - the Hot Rats go for broke by turning it into a song from The Who. The excessive drum fills and soft harmony on the verses giving way to bashing out the name of the song at the chorus, that's what made The Who into The Who. This could be on any of their records released pre-Who's Next.
This is a solidly rollicking set though and shows off why Supergrass was/is such a great band. Hopefully, the full threesome will come back with the strength they once had. In the meantime, at least they're jamming on some good shit and doing it well.