Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders: Red Light Fever (Sony)

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Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders: Red Light Fever (Sony)

Here's my thinking: in his dreams Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters is playing with the perfect band; it is Cheap Trick playing Queen songs . . . and the stadium is rocking. Especially when they throw in some glam-rock by Sweet.

I like what he said about the making of this, his second solo outing away from the Foo Fighters: "About halfway through I just said, fuck it, I don't care if the record ends up sounding like me having sex with my record collection . . . People forget that sometimes, the reason you do this in the first place: it's supposed to be fun".

This certainly sounds as much fun as the first album by the Darkness (remember them; "Give me D, Give me an arkness") and it stomps along like the best glam rock, has that identifiable Seventies guitar sound where required, and is appropriately over-produced with a thick sound . . . and the guests include Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen, Juliette Commagere (who appears with Ry Cooder and Nick Lowe) and of course Dave Grohl.

All the songs are originals but they are undeniably riding coat-tails.

Thoroughly enjoyable, unashamedly unoriginal . . . and not here for a long time, but here for a good time. 

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