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Inspired by a zany mix of British invasion and New Wave bands (The Zombies, Devo), Hot Hot Heat helped kick off the retro-rock revival of the early '00s with this debut. Juiced by frisky keyboards and spiked with blasts of punk, Make Up is anchored by "Bandages," a shimmying rocker that sounds like a dance party crossed with a game show. But the album is as erudite as it is fun: "This Town" borrows the mod stylings of The Jam, and "Aveda" has a sleazy Rolling Stones vibe.

Customer Reviews

Overall, a killer album

I got hooked on this band through Elevator, which ruled, so I bought this album. It's got some great tracks, like Bandages, Get in or get Out, and This Town. There's some mediocre ones, aka In Cairo, but overall it's solid. If you like this, I recomend Elevator highly, it's interesting to see their style progress, those who say it sucks don't know what they're talking about.

like it or leave it

I'm a fan of hot hot heat, and this album in all its entirety was awesome -- awesome to the max!! but if you have no appreciation for pessimistic/cynical lyrics mixed to an up beat "tempo" (if you will) then steer cleer of hot hot heat ... please.

good album over all

If you've never heard the hot hot heat, then I suggest listening to this one and making sure you love it first. The tracks on Elevator are all good minus a few, like Pickin' It Up (sorry if you like it, but its too repetitive), but the tracks are pop-y and if you really like the style on this album, you should be able to sink your teeth right into elevator. GOOD LUCK


Formed: 1999 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canad

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Beginning as a noisy, synth-based combo in 1999, Victoria, British Colombia's Hot Hot Heat evolved into an aggressively catchy indie rock band two years later, when keyboardist Steve Bays took on the vocal duties, and guitarist Dante DeCaro joined their ranks. The group's new lineup -- which also featured founding members Paul Hawley on drums and Dustin Hawthorne on bass -- brought a newfound sense of melody and witty wordplay to their music, which they debuted on their 2002 EP Knock Knock Knock....
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