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Hot Hot Heat is a Canadian indie rock band formed in 1999 from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Dustin Hawthorne and Steve Bays had been in many different bands together since 1995 and met Hawley in 1998. In 1999, Hawley bought a Juno 6 keyboard and asked Bays to try playing it, as no one else knew how. Hawley took over the drums from Bays and Hawthorne played bass. Matthew Marnik, ... Read more in Amazon's Hot Hot Heat Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 5, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sire
  • ASIN: B0007US8ES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hot Hot Heat has scorched the college charts and warmed the hearts of critics with its most recent pair of indie albums. Now Canada's top Modern Rock outfit makes its major-label debut with Elevator, produced by Dave Sardy. With Elevator, Hot Hot Heat is on its way to the top with an album that, keeping with superstition, purposefully has no 13th track. Warner. 2005.

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Hot Hot Heat hail from Victoria, B.C., a town best known for imitating the queen's England in the service of tourism. But never fear: the high teas and manicured gardens are all well and good, this band knows that bad manners are what rock is all about. Case in point, the song "Goodnight Goodnight," in which a former girlfriend learns "you're embarrassing me, you're embarrassing you...this isn't goodnight, this is goodbye." There's nothing quite so much fun as a good dis song, and the Heat keeps the fun going on their newest album, Elevator. Virtually every track on the CD is short and sweet with plenty of energetic, poppy goodness. Standouts include "Ladies and Gentleman" (another semiburn: "everybody's got the same story--we never wanted him here, he showed up anyway."), "Middle of Nowhere," "Soldier in a Box"--well, I'll stop before I list them all. --Leah Weathersby

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Energy=Hot Hot Heat!
stella
All the songs are really catchy, with witty lyrics and great choruses.
Jennifer Clift
All in all, I love this cd, and I cannot stop listening to it.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on May 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I must respectfully disagree with the majority of the reviewers here.

I totally loved this album, and I think it blows the doors off their last one.

If The Killers make you remember how great 80's music could be, then Hot Hot Heat here shows you how great and totally FUN it could be as well.

I really like The Killers "Hot Fuss" (and their singles are stupendous, no argument here) but I believe "Elevator" is it's equivalent. This is a WAY better album than, say, The Bravery.

There are several outstanding songs...full-on, well-crafted songs with irresistible melodies, terrific guitars and crashing drums, and lyrics you "get" by the end of the tune. The other songs are still worth a listen or two; this is one of the rare recent albums where I don't feel the need, or have the urge, to hit 'skip' every now and then.

When was the last time you heard "hooks" as good as these? Or more than one in a song? There are hooks galore here, from beginning to end.

"Running Out of Time" and "Goodnight Goodnight" are the knockout one-two punch opening songs, and the consensus appears to be that the latter is a great song. Even by some of those who aren't as impressed with the rest of the record.

But even songs like "Ladies and Gentleman" and "You Owe Me An IOU" have catchy parts, even if they don't quite reach the heights of those first two gems.

Later on, there's a song called "Pickin' It Up" which is a glorious punky-pop rock tune, like a fast Clash song with a boozy Robert Smith vocal.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sactown on March 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD about 6 months ago on the strength of the first single ("Middle of Nowhere") and also what I'd heard from their last offering. There are several tracks on this CD that ought to be getting way overplayed on radio right now -- however, we (at least here in the U.S.) instead get to listen to yet another ditty from Rob Thomas or Kelly Clarkson instead. It's just criminal! "Middle of Nowhere" is (to me) almost the perfect pop-rock song, a modern-day version of the gems Elvis Costello used to put out, but this is a bit more polished (not in a bad way). "Running out of Time" is instantly intoxicating as well. The only reason I gave this CD 4 stars instead of 5 is that, well, there IS some "filler" on it. However, the vast majority of tracks will grab you pleasantly by the ears, either on the first listen ("Running out of Time") or by the fifth ("Dirty Mouth"). Put it this way... 80 percent of the songs on this CD are better than 80 percent of what you'll hear on radio today.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Voltron00x on April 5, 2005
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First off, its nice to see some publications out there giving props to the Hot Hot Heat for being among the first on the retro-80s bandwagon... as these types of bands become more and more common, its nice when someone points out to all those Killers fans that a lot of bands starting exploring that sound first.

That said, as much as I like Make up the Breakdown, I think I actually prefer this album. It definitely has a more polished sound to it, and that may turn off some of their older fans, but I like it... this isn't a perfect album, but it is extremely catchy, and I think the hooks the band unleashes here will net them more fans than 2 years touring in support of Breakdown did. Whether or not you think that's a good thing is up to you.

Best tracks? Island of the Honest man is one of the catchiest, so I can see why they chose to leak that one... but I think my favorite is Elevcator. I also like Middle of Nowhere... Jingle Jangle... Pickin' it Up and You Owe me an IOU are somewhat silly songs, but enjoyable.

In some ways I guess you could say this album sort of comes full circle... it sounds a lot like the bands that Make up the Breakdown inspired... so older fans may be disappointed. But taken on its own merits, this is a very good cd, one that will hopefully earn the band some much-deserved respect (and success).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on April 7, 2005
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I purchased this outing from Victoria indie rockers Hot Hot Heat the day it hit stores, with fairly high expectations of their major label debut. I was not disappointed.

The first thing that one notices is the fairly minimalist jacket and liner booklet. The track listing on the back of the album is listed with 15 at the top, much like the buttons on an elevator. There is no 13th track, much like most office towers have no 13th floor. A very neat touch.

The record starts with the useless Introduction. One wonders why it was included. However, it follows it with Running Out Of Time, a hook-laden song with a catchy chorus. The third track is the album's single, Goodnight Goodnight. My initial reaction to it is that the chorus doesn't seem to fit the verses, but after a couple of listens, I started appreciating the stylistic changes. Like the track which precedes it, it is laden with hooks.

Track 4 begins with a chant reminiscent of any other indie band, and a crunchy guitar intro. This is Ladies and Gentleman, a fairly dark ballad with plenty of plays on words, telling the tale of an extroverted gentleman who was ostracized by his peers. The track reeks of their influences, but is still a fun intro.

Track 5 starts with a lighthearted intro on the piano. You Owe Me An IOU, a throwback to their lyrical style established on 2002's Make Up The Breakdown. The verses are catchy and full of plays on words, and the chorus is memorable. It is followed up by a useless musical interlude (called No Jokes - Fact,) and then the entirely forgettable Jingle Jangle. This is a low-tempo ballad which feels entirely too much like a Jet song.
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