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  • Audio CD (October 26, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2 North America
  • ASIN: B0002VEOG8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Love You Cause I Have To
2. Modern Woman
3. Celebrity Sanctum
4. Somewhat Off the Way
5. Apples & Oranges
6. Godhopping
7. Lounger
8. Paul Newman's Eyes
9. Pastimes & Lifestyles
10. Glimpse at the Good Life
11. Who Shot the Baby?

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While Interpol claims Joy Division and The Killers take on Duran Duran, this Scottish band seems to delight in digging through the '80s bargain bin for its influences. Sure enough, its debut album sounds like a collision of the most unfashionable players of the era: Dexy's Midnight Runners, Talking Heads, and perhaps most obviously, XTC. The resulting album may sound a little spastic and unfocused but it is also consistently tuneful, with pulse-quickening songs like "I Love You Because I Have To" and "Godhopping" proving particularly addictive. This makes for a fine companion to the self-titled debut by fellow Scots Franz Ferdinand. -- Aidin Vaziri

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on February 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
You may have found a new favorite band.

Dogs Die in Hot Cars is one of the wonderful surprises of the new year. Song after song off their album, "Please Describe Yourself" is a sonic delight, with several true gems amongst some killer filler. Most of the songs are uptempo, with guitars and pianos that would not sound out of place on New Wave radio back in the early 80's. Besides the obvious XTC references, some of the songs reminded me of "happy" Cure songs (like "Just Like Heaven") or later Oingo Boingo (not like their manic first three albums...).

The opening song, "I Love You Because I Have To", is a fine intro, but the title's actually better than the song itself.

No worries, as "Modern Woman" gallops along to a melodic rock beat and will more than likely have you saying, out loud, "Wow...this is pretty good!"

"Celebrity Sanctum" is a hoot...name-dropping female celebs with giggle-inducing lyrics. 'I love Lucy twice as much as you."

I feel they wear their XTC roots on their sleeves; one of their songs is called "Apples & Oranges"....a later XTC album is called "Oranges & Lemons". The lead singer's voice has an uncanny similarity to that of Andy Partridge, and their melodicism, instrument selection, and humor reflect, with pride, XTC's influence.

The high quality is maintained through songs like "Godhopping" and "Lounger"; the latter song could be the slacker generation's new anthem.

Seriously, nearly every song has something to recommend about it, and all are worth listening to once. MOST of them will have you returning to the album again and again. There are not many new albums you can say that about.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By tom on July 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I honestly can't remember when the last time was that I bought an album and loved every track on it on the first listen. Even my favorite bands' albums (Doves, Travis, Interpol, Turin Brakes) usually have a track or two that I could either live without or that I eventually grow to love through sheer repetition. But what Dogs Die in Hot Cars have created is brilliant, with every track having every right to be on the album as the next. Their harmonies and lyrics drew me in on the first listen. My only complaint about this album is that it is too short. Currently my favorite tracks are: 10.Glimpse of the Good Life (I think it has a "Pulp"-like sound to it), 4.Celebrity Sanctum (a great hook-of-a-chorus on this one), and 7.Modern Woman.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristin B. Gataveckas on November 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Just happened to see this on the shelf as another CD to buy in the 2 for $25 category. Picked it up, listened, strange...listened again, hmmm, I'm remembering hooks now. Soon enough after a few more listens, this bands got me singing some of their songs. They're pretty catchy, pretty poppy, pretty good. It's different than what's out on the airwaves, thank god.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bobaloo on July 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
there is another band who are more clever (and yes i think the Dogs' single is pretty good on its own--and a few songs on this debut are very catchy and rollicking) at cloning XTC--they are called THE SUGARPLASTIC. give them a chance. there is another band as well that is like the folkier XTC that has a new "innercity garden" EP out--they are called THE BLACK WATCH. both of these pop outfits are much more deserving than the Dogs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By woburnmusicfan on April 4, 2005
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Every single thing I've seen written about the Scottish band Dogs Die in Hot Cars (the awful name was taken from an RSPCA bumper sticker) compares them to XTC. This is mostly because singer Craig MacIntosh's voice is a dead ringer for XTC's Andy Partridge, so much so that he seems to have studied Partridge's vocal mannerisms closely. MacIntosh, though, claims that he'd never listened to XTC until seeing the music press make the comparison. Musically, the Dogs Die sound is right out of melodic 80s alt-rock, but they only sound like XTC here on "Apples & Oranges" and "Somewhat Off the Way" (the latter sounds like the Colin Moulding track on an XTC album). "Glimpse at the Good Life" makes me think of "Let's Dance"-era Bowie, and the ska of the single "I Love You 'Cause I Have To" may remind some of Madness. There are few bands that write catchy songs like this any more -- a half dozen songs on the album have soaring choruses that lodge in the recesses of your brain and roost there for days at a time. My favorites are "Celebrity Sanctum", where the singer obsesses over actresses instead of the girl who just left him, "Godhopping", and "Modern Woman". The weakest songs to my ears are single "Lounger" and "Paul Newman's Eyes". Overall, this is a 4-1/2 star album.

This is an enhanced CD, containing videos for "Godhopping", "I Love You 'Cause I Have To", and "Lounger". The videos also look like they're from the early 80s; they have the kind of unimaginative visuals that were common on MTV in the early days, but look pretty dull by today's standards. "Lounger" is the most interesting of the three.

(1=poor 2=mediocre 3=pretty good 4=very good 5=phenomenal)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Phillips on April 7, 2005
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A lot of these reviews really amused me. A. because they clearly aren't unique sounding, just listen to bands like XTC and thats obivous and B. how can any one say they are mearly ripping off these bands??? I dont think i can name one band that doesnt sound like another band, anyone who thinks they can cant possibly have heard every band there is and therefore cant name one unique band either. Whom sounded like whom first should'nt even come in to the equation when writing album reviews

As far as i'm concerned, ddihc clearly are a great band, i heard 'i love you cause i have to' on late night mtv2 and was instantly hooked, i eventually found their album and to my surprise, the album even better than i could have imagined, i still listen to the album day to day and its still as catchy and musically uplifting as it ever was.

I would place 'pasttimes and lifestyles' as my favourite track for its amazingly strange lyrical content and driving chorus and i can see it being a very long time to come before i ever put this album down. It makes me happy and it makes me think and being an aspiring director (fingers crossed) i hope to one day make 'apples and oranges' part of a movie soundtrack (personally i think it would have made a fine addition to the garden state soundtrack but oh well :P)

buy the album...buy it now !!
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