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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Feb. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B000002HJV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. In the Meantime
  2. Spacehog
  3. Starside
  4. Candyman
  5. Space Is the Place
  6. Never Coming Down (Part I)
  7. Cruel to Be Kind
  8. Ship Wrecked
  9. Only A Few
  10. The Last Dictator
  11. Never Coming Down (Part II)
  12. Zeroes
  13. To Be A Millionaire .....Was It Likely?

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Space Hog ~ Resident Alien

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Format: Audio CD
This is a good album, and will make a worthwhile adition to many CD collections. The song styles are almost timeless, mixing some hard rock and '70s glam with Moogs, organs and modern synths to create a thrumming, driving sound, which is topped off by clever lyrics and the sweetest vocals of any male lead singer anywhere.
Everyone will recognise the intro to "In The Meantime", as it was borrowed for the One 2 One telephone adverts (sounds like a telephone ringing). The tracks are all very listenable, but the ones written by the lead singer/bassist are musically the strongest. Only "Spacehog" and "Space Is The Place" were written by the singer's brother, who plays rhythm guitar in the band, and they are slightly more raucous and less refined. Watch out for the 8 minute hidden track on the end of the CD (...what can only be described as a kind of satanic moo-ing!)!
Worth getting, even if it is slightly weaker than "The Chinese Album", and what I have heard of the forthcoming "The Hogyssey" at the time of writing. I bought the CD on the strength of "In The Meantime" alone, and it comes highly recommended.
A very good band who deserve more sales and airplay than they get.
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Format: Audio CD
And you thought that Bush were the only English band to be bigger in the States than they are here? Well think again, for now Spacehog have also claimed the honour. On first listen to this album, it is not hard to see why the band took off in the states rather than here. Landing slap bang in the middle of the Britpop scene, more punk oriented music was always likely to be swept away. America however became a willing audience. Kicking off with the anthemic 'In The Meatime', the album quickly makes its intentions clear. Songs such as 'Candyman' and 'Space Is The Place' follow the same pattern, but the band are adept enough to throw in a few surprises here and there. 'Starside' is a great ballad, full of chiming guitars, and 'Zeroes' is a slow burning epic, packed with menace. A little bit of ad-hoc playfulness in 'Never Coming Down' doesn't go amiss either. Perhaps their timing was somwhat poor, but Spacehog deserved a better reception than they got. Still, it's nice to know that this promising debut album was well recieved elsewhere. If you're looking for something a little different you could do worse than throw your pennies this way.
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Format: Audio CD
Leeds. Yorkshire. Not really a hot bed of musical genius compared to Liverpool, Manchester and to a lesser extent Wolverhampton, but the band I'm about t'praise is from Yorkshire. Yes! I know they formed in New York and yes I know they were more appreciated in the Estados Unidos than Oasis or Primal Scream but are generally dismissed as sad Glam rock/punk sad/fan boy rock band in the UK y those in the know

Yes this album was released 12 years ago. I was still in High school and I remember spending some of my unearned grant money on this album. Why? In the Meantime. That's it. A song so strong, so differnet and so not like a bunch of prats in parkers bellowing into a microphone singing about random nonsense. I bought the album with the feeling that this album would outshine In the Meantime and I was right. There are some gems in this and I was hooked. Starside is so camp it could have been a Scissor Sister's song (circa 1995) but it delivered with a swagger which would have suited any glitter rock artist back in the day.

The mixture of punk rifts and synth is sometimes an over streched concept in this album. It does work on Only a Few and In the Meantime to great and emotional effect but it falls on it;s face on Shipwrecked. There are ruts in the litter. The Last Dictator is lost on me and so is Shipwrecked but wo out of 13 aint bad. The album bombs along with great pace and delivery butit's not suprising the Spacehog was not successful.

They were, to me anyway, too individual to be replicated like so many bands these days. They weren't Oasis or Cast or the Spice Girls. They were different and unique. They made punk acceptable beore Green Day but not in a so obvious way. Buy it if you want. If not you are missing out on a gem that has passed under the radar.
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Format: Audio CD
I originally bought the single 'In the Meantime' (which also included Zeroes and a live version of To Be A Millionaire...was it Likely?), and decided to get the whole album. I was very impressed, although a couple of songs (especially Spacehog) are not that good, overall it is one of the better albums that I own.
Definitely a band that gets nowhere nearly enough recognition in the UK as they should. Both musically and lyrically of a high standard, there are few albums around that contain such a large proportion of quality tracks. Not just 'In the Meantime' but Shipwrecked, 'The Last Dictator', Zeroes, 'Cruel to be Kind', 'Space is the Place' and 'Never Coming Down (Part II)' are all songs which many more people should be familiar with, as far as I am concerned.
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I bought this on cassette originally (!). Great album that sounds as good now as it did waaaay back then!
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