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  • Audio CD (August 29, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 29, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Surfdog Records
  • ASIN: B00004WJ8B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Cello
2. I Don't Want Love
3. I Scare Myself
4. Strike It While It's Hot!
5. He Don't Care
6. Meet Me On The Corner
7. I'll Tell You Why That Is
8. Hummin' To Myself
9. Doin' It!
10. The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)
11. Chattanooga Shoe-Shine Boy
12. Driftin'
13. Hell, I'd Go!
14. Don't Stop The Meter, Mack
15. I've Got A Capo On My Brain

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BEATIN' THE HEAT

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In his song about alien abduction, "Hell, I'd Go," Dan Hicks proclaims, "I'm travelin' light; my attitude's right." Attitude combined with swing is what has made Hicks the sui generis artist he is. Attitude and swing are in abundance on Beatin' the Heat, and both attributes are shared by special guests: Brian Setzer, Rickie Lee Jones, Bette Midler, Tom Waits, and Elvis Costello. Those seeking a working definition of cool should listen to the Hicks-Waits duet on the laid-back shuffle "I'll Tell You Why That Is." Only the essential genius of violinist Sid Page returns from the original Hot Licks, but the band's unique vocal and instrumental sound is still amply present, tastefully updated by producers Gary Hoey and Dave Kaplan--what could be more appropriate than a remake of "I Scare Myself" over a trance groove? Intentionally or not, Hicks has steered clear of the swing revival movement, opting to continue making his own brilliant brand of eclectic, jazz-inflected pop music. --Michael Ross

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Dan, we missed you!
G Tate
I keep it in my car and it always cheers me right up every time I listen.
Rebecca Marona
As the song says, "Hey, that's pretty good.
Kevin Moriarty

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Moriarty on September 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As of this morning (Wednesday September 6), this album is Number 97 on Amazon's Top 100, right behind the self-titled "Christina Aguilera."
In case you were trying to decide between the two, buy the Dan Hicks. Christina doesn't have the totally unique, jumping California-swing sound of the Hot Licks, the wry humor of Mr. Hicks lyrics and vocals, or the contributions of such stellar guests as Rickie Lee Jones, Elvis Costello Brian Setzer, Bette Midler or Tom Waits. Of course, Aguilera is probably getting more air play on MTV lately. Or is that Britney?
There can be no confusing Dan Hicks with anyone else. His batch of albums in the early 70's established his highly personal sound and unique lyrical perspective. Each of those albums remains timeless, highly listenable and a lot of fun.
For the last several years, though, about the only places you could hear Dan was on stage in small clubs with his Acoustic Warriors, and on cable in reruns of the movie "Class Action" with Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (in the party scene at Beach Chalet early in the movie, playing "Up"). Definitely only for the most devoted of fans.
Now those devoted fans (who am I kidding, WE devoted fans) and whole bunches of new audiences have a chance to listen to a new Hot Licks CD. As the song says, "Hey, that's pretty good. Turn it up."
Enjoy
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G Tate on January 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I was a HUGE fan of Dan Hicks back in the '70's. I even was in a band or two which did some of his great material, which always provided us with the most fun we ever had on stage. Over the years I would occasionally pull out my well-worn albums and get a Hicks-fix every once in a while. Then, my brother, who is as big a fan as myself, gave me his newest CD, "Beatin' the Heat" for Christmas. And I am happy to say that I am back in Hicksville once again, listening to the absolute most original, funky, jazz-tinged folk-rock swing music I have ever known! And his sly, clever, sometimes corny, but always smile-inducing lyrics have only improved with age. THIS IS A GREAT CD!!! If you like quality, long-lived material, you MUST introduce yourself to the master. I played him for my husband who was totally unfamiliar, and even my 10-yr-old, and they are now converts.
Dan, we missed you! Give us another one soon!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tom Moore on September 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
With the breakup of the Hot Licks in the early seventies after several classic LPS (notably Striking it rich, with the album designed like a matchbook), Dan Hicks continued to tour nationally, but with much less visibility. Fans who had become addicted to his unique mix of whimsical lyrics and jazzy/western swing tunes had to spin their old discs and catch his live shows (though there was a live CD a few years ago, now a collector's item). His new CD updates the sound of the band somewhat (fewer solos for "Symphony" Sid page, the violinist, no lead acoustic guitar) but the tongue-in-cheek charm is all there. My personal favorites: "I don't want love" (about a man who doesn't want love to put him off his feed), "Doin it" (a man who is God's gift to women), the unforgettable "Hell I'd go" in which Dan looks forward to being abducted by aliens, and the slow drag (with dobro) "I've got a capo on my brain". Don't miss this one. Your toes will be tapping- this is good-timey music.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "swift_eddie" on February 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
A friend of mine used to break out his Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks LPs during our partying days in the 70s & 80s...I had never heard of the group, but always enjoyed the music, the lyrics, and the fun...at least I think I did. Then I heard a review of "Beatin' The Heat" on the radio (NPR?). Whoa...gotta get it. And I've been playing it over & over ever since. Gave a copy to another friend as a Christmas gift after he took two months to return my copy when I let him borrow it. If you like good tunes, lyrics that are at times intelligent, corny, and downright funny, and some fine musicianship...don't let this one slip through your fingers...GET IT NOW!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joshua W Berk on December 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I had never heard of Dan Hicks until I saw him play on the Conan O'Brian show. The next day I bought the CD. It wasn't even the song that made me want to own the disc so badly, though it was good ("I Don't Want Love" - a comic jazz number about a man "who loves to eat" that features lines like "If love makes you give up onion rings/ I don't want love"). What really hooked me in was the absurd dance routine he did with his female back-up singers. He was so deadpanned and the music was so cool and then this absolutely ridiculous dance? I loved it.
So I got the disc, and it was no disappointment. Hick's deadpan delivery and humor carries it for sure, but the guy has chops too. He played drums on the show, but plays a mean guitar on most of "Beatin' the Heat." The sound borrows heavily from old jazz but feels somehow out of time altogether. Interesting arrangements and instrumentation abound - and so do guests appearances. Tom Waits, Brian Setzer, Elvis Costello and Bette Midler all show up.
But it is Hicks that rules. OK, his voice is a little off-key sometimes, but when you have lines like "you're standing on the corner/ looking like a stupid loner/ waiting for the bus" does it really matter? Plus he does have a unique vocal ability to hold a note forever and to make it sound a little like a horn. It's strange and cool -- just like everything on this disc.
Personal favorites are the plaintive "Driftin'" which is actually rather serious and touching, a goofy cover of Waits' "The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not me)" which is hysterical and the whacked out "Hell I'd Go" which features Martians on back-up vocals.
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