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Review: The Hot Rats, ‘Turn Ons’

SPIN Rating: 7 of 10
Release Date: January 19, 2010
Label: Fat Possum
Spencer Kornhaber // January 5, 2010

In an era when “cover” often means emasculation via tasteful piano or kitschy synth, Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey deliver 12 blasts of stylistic tinkering that never subsume the songs’ original intent: to rock. Slathered in amp-busting fuzz and gussied up with signal interference courtesy of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Turn Ons leaves certain classics (the Kinks’ “Big Sky”) intact — but louder. The best remakes, though, surprise: On “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!),” the Beastie Boys become falsetto-voiced psych shamans, and most amazingly, the Doors (“The Crystal Ship”) turn awesome with the magic of tectonic feedback.