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Classic Album Review: Spacehog | The Hogyssey

The Langdon brothers launch their post-glam swagger into the new millennium.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


2001: A SpaceHogyssey. Well, we really shoulda seen that coming. But here’s something I never saw coming — Spacehog’s third album isn’t nearly as annoying as I thought it would be.

The whole Space Odyssey theme doesn’t really extend much beyond the title and a rather unneccesary rock-opera cover of Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra. In fact, most of this dozen-tracker finds the Langdon brothers mixing their swaggering post-glam cock-rock (“The Statue of Liberty lost her virginity to me, oh yeah,” crows Royston over the Can’t Explain power chords of This Is America) with poppier, more down-to-earth fare like I Want to Live, Dancing on My Own and the hip-swivelling And It Is, which successfully approximates the sound of Roxy Music covering Brown Sugar. Granted, they’re not exactly born again — only Spacehog and perhaps Buckcherry would try to pull off a power ballad called At Least I Got Laid. But at least these boys sound like they’re trying to live in the new millennium.