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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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  • Audio CD (October 8, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B00006L3PY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Naked In The City Again
2. No, Not Now
3. Get In Or Get Out
4. Bandages
5. Oh, Goddamnit
6. Aveda
7. This Town
8. Talk To Me, Dance With Me
9. Save Us S.O.S.
10. In Cairo

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Hot Hot Heat ROCKS!!
Readergurl
One of the singles off of this cd, Talk to Me, Dance With Me is a wonderful dance song, and very fun to sing along to.
Megz
If you take a listen, you will find every single song stuck in your head.
Shiloh

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on July 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the most energetic, joyful CDs that I've ever purchased. I was walking through a Tower Records in downtown Chicago and overheard "Bandages" and asked the guy at the counter about the band. He raved about them. I ended up buying it and loving it in its entirety after about 3 listens. Their sound is lively and their lyrics are interesting. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Gordon on April 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Though Hot Hot Heat are a rock band at their core, "Make Up The Breakdown" is one of the most upbeat records of the past few years, almost to the extent that it could be classified as pop. Singer/keyboardist Steve Hayes has a quirky voice, with finely enunciated chops and shrill cracks that make his vocals distinguishable from other bands, and the guitar riffs are quick and chipper.

In addition to the traditional guitars and drums, a large array of extras are thrown in; the result is that nearly every track here is danceable. "Talk To Me, Dance With Me" includes a cowbell and tambourines, while the album's first single, "Bandages," as well as "Aveda" feature organs in the background. "This Town" feels a bit folksy, and "No, Not Now" is reminiscent of early 80s New Wave. The album ends with "In Cairo," a slower song featuring a lot of piano.

Though the CD clocks in at just over half an hour, Hot Hot Heat manage to cover quite a few musical bases in that space. And though it might seem like all these styles would clash, the guitars and vocals tie everything together, leaving us with a great little rock album.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on June 5, 2003
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Make Up the Breakdown by Victoria, British Columbia's own Hot Hot Heat is hands down, one of the best albums. Ever. This record could turn the rhythmless into dance hall superstars.
Devoted Heat fans had their first taste of the new flavour that new lead singer/keyboardist Steve Bays would bring to the table after the 2002 release of Knock Knock Knock, a 5-song EP on Sub Pop. Long departed was previous singer Matt Marnik. Enter: Steve Bays. The infectious mix of Steve's distinctive vocals with the accelerated sounds of the existing band, made Knock Knock Knock into a hit. With many eagerly awaiting a follow up, Hot Hot Heat released Make Up the Breakdown in 2002 carrying surefire hits like "Bandages" and "No, Not Now". With the strength of such songs, the Heat found themselves in many big name music rags (Rolling Stone, Spin), and in young girls hearts the world over!

Upon first listen, you are immediately pulled in by the beat of "Naked In the City Again". Are you nodding your head along with Paul Hawley's drumming? You should be. The head-bobbing continues throughout the album until "Bandages" gets you to stop dancing in your seat, and start dancing on the floor. "How could this album get any better?!", you ask yourself. The answer lies within "Aveda", "This Town" and "Talk To Me, Dance With Me". Hot damn, cowbells add so much to a song! If you aren't sweating with delight by this point, I seriously doubt your ability to get down. Somehow fittingly, the Heat end Make Up the Breakdown with "In Cairo", an eerily calming ending to a rather fast-paced album.
Compare Hot Hot Heat with The Cure, Elvis Costello, The Strokes, or any other rock/new wave ensemble you wish, but this album certainly proves that they are anything but comparable to another band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Conway on October 24, 2005
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On Hot Hot Heat's debut EP, Knock Knock Knock, they showed a great deal of promise through the five stellar tracks on the release--all of which contained a brilliant whininess and a breathtaking energy that made them a band to watch. With Make Up The Breakdown, Hot Hot Heat live up to their promise and give us more of the same, only better. The first four songs on the disc, "Naked In The City Again," "No, Not Now," "Get In Or Get Out," and "Bandages," are all amazing pop songs that display the many strengths of Hot Hot Heat in spades: sharp guitar, pounding bass, shifting rhythms, and whiny keys and vocals all play on each other to excellent results. The rest of the tracks are all good but with the exception of the incredibly addictive "Talk To Me, Dance With Me," none of the others can compare to the amazing four that open the disc. That being said, "Oh, Goddamnit" is an impressive display of Steve Bays wordplay skills and "In Cairo" closes the album with a great instrumental ending. The only moments that slow down Make Up The Breakdown are "This Town" and "Save Us S.O.S." the former being too long for its own good and the latter being rather plain when compared to the rest of the gems to be found here. With all the addictive and endlessy listenable songs on Make Up The Breakdown, Hot Hot Heat have certainly lived up to the standard they set on their debut and even outdone themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MATTHEW W BARRY on April 28, 2003
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Okay, I may be going way out on a limb here, but nothing has been as enjoyable so far this year(I just don't get the White Stripes... at all). This album reminded me of a time when I first heard the Buzzcocks or 999 or any of those "punk" bands that now seem like good old fashioned pop music. "No, Not Now", the single "Bandages" and "In Cairo" are the standout tunes, but damn if this album isn't chalked full of FUN! It just makes you feel GOOD, and with all the junk that's out on the radio these days, this is as refreshing as a pina colada ona Hawaiian beach!
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