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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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The original Beasties sound!!!!

You know only a select group of the snobby elite society of iTunes customer reviewers know this…but, the Beastie Boys actually started out playing coffee shops in and around London, England in the late 50s. It would be there that Ad Rock would get his first hit of acid and Mike Dee would learn how to play the Sitar. After years of struggling with the anti-hip hop riot squads and being over shadowed by touring partner, peer and former band mate Tom Jones, The Beasties recorded "Fight for Your Right To Party" which was initially titled "Fight for Your Right to Tea Party". The Beasties dropped the word tea after it was deemed "Wildly Unpopular" with American audiences and even though a new version was made immediately to save face, the damage would ultimately cost them their folk rock careers. MCA began recording "Party's" follow up in 1961. The album would take 20 years to record and never be released until the mid 80's when him, Ad Rock and Mike Dee were finally rescued from a Turkish insane asylum by then pen pal, William S. Burrows. William had been mentoring the young Russel Simmons on being a giant music biz gazillionaire!!!! Russel got to hear the Beasties perform live at Mr. Burrows 120th birthday party and signed them to a 7 figure record deal right there on the spot. About five years ago MCA was in another Turkish insane asylum were he would meet Gaz Coombes and teach him how to play the original "Fight for you Right to Party", this time without the tea. The resulting version is here for the very first time on this very album before you. Please Enjoy!!!!!!

Joyful and Raw, yet Honest and Respectful

Reminds me how great so many of these songs were, even when they didn't impress as much originally. Damaged Goods is a highlight; it's tight and fast. Big Sky seems to be a tribute to the psychedelia that clearly is an influence for their daytime job, Supergrass; overall, their cover choices enhanced my already-high opinion of Supergrass. Gaz Coombes voice is distinctive, like Marc Bolan's of T. Rex, but is more flexible. Though the production is superb, it still has a raw stripped-down vibe that makes me want to see them live.

Interesting

Not sure how you can give a record of covers 5 stars, but it certainly is interesting. Each of these tracks, save for 1 or 2 really have done well reinterpreting the originals.

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