[My Gang] Hot Chip - Transmission : Reco of the Week 17 Feb 09


17. Feb. 2009, 23:58

Track: Transmission (full track)
Artist: Hot Chip
Album: War Child - Heroes Vol.1
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The War Child series of charity albums has been my favourite since the first, the Help Bosnia album of 1995 which featured Radiohead - Lucky, the track that made me realise just how great they are. 'Heroes' is the fifth in the series and was released yesterday.


Reviews are varied, ranging from average to excellent and I'd say I'd agree with that. TV on the Radio's Bowie cover of Heroes does sound like they threw everything at it. However, there is one track that, in my opinion, is outstanding: Hot Chip's cover of Joy Division's Transmission.

It begins with the familiar bass and beat, you recognise it and think you know what's coming. For a whole minute, you think you know where you are. Then the vocals kick in. What the... ?? You can't decide if it's right or wrong. And how dare they. A classic. But wait... they sound restrained, respectful. Ok, you think you can go with that. But what's that steel drum doing there? You hear nothing else. "Dance, Dance, Dance" repeats in some sort of electro-dub. You listen closely, eyes narrowed, thinking. "Dance, Dance, Dance on the radio". You're sold. Smile. Decide it's good.

I wasn't expecting this. I have disliked Hot Chip from the start. I have shut up anyone who spoke in their defence. I have found it difficult to sit through any of their performances on TV, glaring at the screen in disgust. In short, I wasn't expecting much and if I'd known they were next, I'd have skipped to the next track. Fortunately, I was nowhere near my PC when they came on as I listened via MySpace last week. Good thing. They're the best thing on the album. Actually, there's a nice little trio in the middle of the album: Elbow's cover of U2's Running to Stand Still, then TVOTR, then Hot Chip.

I think whether you like other tracks on the album will depend on your age and your taste. I am no fan of some of the featured artists and am neither here nor there on their contributions, Duffy for one. Beck slays with the album opener, Bob Dylan's Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat. Scissor Sister's cover of Roxy Music's Do The Strand is oddly addictive and makes me laugh (in a good way). Everyone ought to be pleased with Yeah Yeah Yeahs's cover of the the Ramones' Sheena Is a Punk Rocker as well as the album closer, Franz Ferdinand and their cover of Blondie's Call Me. Like caviar on a plate of chips is Rufus Wainwright and his version of Brian Wilson's Wonderful/Song For Children. Lily Allen's take on The Clash's Straight To Hell, featuring Mick Jones, is ever so slightly Radiohead - No Surprises in the way it starts. She was going to do a Clash cover, wasn't she, with Joe Strummer being her godfather. The Hold Steady's take on Bruce Springsteen's Atlantic City is thoughtful.

I like the way the album was pulled together. Music legends were asked to select a personal favourite track from their own back catalogue and nominate an act from the next generation to create a modern reworking of that classic song. Their choices offer us a little insight into their own personal tastes.

It's unusual for me to jump around an album, I usually start with track one and let it play, but the variety and range of genres and artists allows for, if not positively encourages, some serious shuffling. Rarely are albums this playful.


Babs My Gang

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Last.fm listeners of this track - 360
No. of plays scrobbled in Last.fm - 674
Position in Last 7 Days: 56 / 160
Position in Last 6 Months: n/a

Date Added: 14 February 2009
Views: 591, Ratings: 5, Responses: 0, Comments: 8, Favourited: 5 times

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  • dianashamilton

    Thanks for the tipoff to this comp! I never figured I'd put a Peaches song on my playslist, but "Search and Destroy" is thoroughly stuck in my head now. (BTW I don't know what people see in Duffy's thin voice, which does a disservice to the spy tune.)

    27. Feb. 2009, 15:13
  • Babs_05

    Thanks for the comment, dianashamilton. I know, that Peaches song is pretty good! I was quite taken by Duffy at first, I saw some little feature which described all the effort and hard work she puts in, but then she appeared on Jools Holland's New Year's Eve Hootenanny, the one with Kylie and David Tennant was in the audience, and listening to her, I realised she's not all that. Now I can't stand her. Comparing her to Dusty is an insult to her memory. Some people don't have ears. Paul McCartney obviously doesn't, choosing her. aaaaand relax...

    27. Feb. 2009, 15:21
  • CvaldaVessalis

    It took a while, but you've come around to the Chip, eh Babs? TV On The Radio just about pip Chip to the post for standout track on this album for me... but I see there's no mention of Estelle, she of the phlemy voice and inordinately high eyebrows diligently trying to ruin Stevie's Superstitious (give Stevie's compostional skills credit that the tune is too big for that though!)?? Or has it been banished from your memory already? ;^)

    3. Mär. 2009, 14:09
  • Babs_05

    heh, you've got me sussed. I don't like Estelle at the best of times. No reason, she's just not my cup of tea. I really don't like what she's done to Stevie's Superstitious. The sooner I banish it from my memory, the better. Thanks for the comment.

    3. Mär. 2009, 16:59
  • Origamihirn

    i thought it's brill! the album i mean. however, i instantly deleted the Yeah yeah yeah's cover because the production is as disgusting as ever. also, Duffy's crap. but she's crap generally, so who gives a damn. there are around another 4 average/mediocre covers that don't really ring any bells to me but the rest is amazing! and consider the rest being the majority so.. Lily Allen did it so amazingly, and i hate her of sorts. Hot Chip = brill, Roxy Music is as you said yourself funny in a good way.. Beck was Beck.. Tv on the Radio surprised me enough to wish to listen some more of their stuff. Rufus did a great job even though i don't like him either, same with Franz Ferdinand.. woah, great stuff :) let me know if you answer.

    3. Mär. 2009, 21:09
  • Babs_05

    The lo-fi production of the Ramones cover was probably the point, I thought. That's proper Ramones: tongue-in-cheek, take the piss, have a laugh. I love the Wainwrights. I want them to adopt me. So I was favourably disposed to Rufus's cover. TV on the Radio are absolutely superb. They make very clever music but have such a laugh at the same time, they make it all look effortless. Definitely check them out. Thanks very much for the comment.

    3. Mär. 2009, 22:02
  • Origamihirn

    oh my!:)) that's so funny.. what i meant by the YYY's cover that it was OVERPRODUCED, in my.. ears?:D that's so weird you say it's lo-fi! and Karen O's or whatever her name is dialect is just so unpleasant. i'm a fan of GB english but i can tolerate quite many american dialects, yet her's is quite the one i don't like. plus, they didin't do anything special, differently from the one's i liked, the song sounds the same. yeah i;ve checked out TV on the Radio by now and they're fine ;)

    4. Mär. 2009, 11:33
  • Babs_05

    heh, maybe I should listen to the YYYs cover again. I like Karen O and the YYYs, and I love the Ramones, so maybe I'm biased. That's the great thing about this album - something for everybody. It's a real pic'n'mix. :)

    4. Mär. 2009, 16:46
  • IanAR

    Seen the listener figures for the album, Babs? Hot Chip's Transmission is top, by a good margin. Along with others, I like this track - However, I'm with Peaches Search And Destroy crowd, for my fav'e. I'm too am happy to expunged Estelle's efforts from my brain. I liked Scissor Sister's "Do The Strand" for a couple of weeks, until I realised that their treatment highlighted how annoying I found the glibness of the song itself.

    23. Mär. 2009, 21:20
  • rwitte

    I was searching for the correct title for this album on google. It was nice to see a familiar name in the results. Sweet journal, too.

    20. Dez. 2009, 10:24
  • Babs_05

    That's so nice! Thanks, rwitte.

    22. Dez. 2009, 18:10
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