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Hogyssey (Explicit) [Explicit Lyrics]

Spacehog Audio CD
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1. Jupiter's Moon
2. This Is America
3. I Want To Live
4. Earthquake
5. A Real Waste Of Food
6. Perpetual Drag
7. Dancing On My Own
8. And It Is
9. The Hogyssey
10. The Strangest Dream
11. At Least I Got Laid
12. The Horror

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The poorly titled and executed Hogyssey builds on Spacehog's reputation of anonymous alterna-pop, à la Third Eye Blind and Superdrag. This release does not surprise, and therefore does not disappoint. It's something of a concept album as the band claims that the track sequence is "loosely based on the sequence of events in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey." This does not explain the second-to-last cut, "At Least I Got Laid." (By a monolith? Explain, please.) Actually, to be fair, the band does offer up a surprisingly catchy cut on the third track, "I Want to Live." This sudden explosion of competency startles and snaps before the band continues their Hogyssey towards the middle of the road. --Jason Josephes

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in space April 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
Spacehog sure had a good thing going. Their debut album, despite critical attacks, earned them many fans on both sides of the Atlantic. The Chinese Album avoided the sophomore slump with a triumph. But the Hogyssey doesn't capture these guys at their best. In fact, this is probably their most uneven effort. Too bad they disbanded with this CD as their swansong.
The album has trouble getting started. Jupiter's Moon is a fairly banal little number that chugs along at a mid-tempo. It's only pluses are a few guitar effects here and there and a key change. This Is America deceptively starts with a loud and brash guitar riff, making you think this song will rock like crazy. Well, it never really does. The lyrics attack popular American culture, which is essentially on par with Weird Al Yankovic.
But then something incredible happens: just when you think the song is over, it shifts into high gear by slowing down! Rich Steele and Anton Langdon play a descending guitar riff over the half-tempo while singing "It's the land of the free, and the home of the brave" while Roy Langdon sings "'Cuz this is Amerrr-icaaa!" They do this over and over. I got excited pretty quick when I heard this for the first time, thinking that it has to be one of the greatest u-turns done in a song since Radiohead's Karma Police.
The rest of the album ranges from fair to pretty good. I Want To Live (track 3) straight up to And It Is (track 9) offer a healthy blend of glam catchiness with instrumental kitchiness. The middle stretch is all quite good.
But the remake of the 2001 theme entiteld The Hogyssey is just plain puzzling, making it seem like they ran out ideas and just needed to record something.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You want good rock & roll - here it is! Sept. 2 2001
Format:Audio CD
Spacehog's "The Hogyssey" bolts out of the gate with a surpringly pretty and tender leadoff track that should have been released and eventually become a hit single. Soon after, the vibe turns harder, and it's definitely good to see that Spacehog has blessed us all with a very good, crisp sounding third album. Musically, there is an unfeigned enthusiasm on tracks like "This is America," a jaded, not-so-timid look at American society that rings sadly true. Other good bombastic rockers include "I Want to Live," which in terms of style and message, is a little reminiscent of classic Oasis. "Earthquake" has a sound to match its name; it also has a fresh feel to it not heard in many rock and roll albums lately. Spacehog's singer, like Liam Gallagher of Oasis, is one of the few British singers who actually sounds blatantly British, and is not afraid to flaunt his sense of brashness.
As the album progresses, so do the songs; the arrangements get more sophisticated and less 1-dimensional: Listen for the gentle guitar and keyboard on the excellent "A Real Waste of Food;" the soft "Dancing On My Own" contains an almost vintage Frank Sinatra era feel to it that gives the "Side 2" portion of the album surprising new life (be sure to check out the excellent drumming at the tail end of that particular song). "And It Is" boasts a remarkable riff at the intro, while the lyrics and repetative chorus line once again recall Oasis in their prime. There's not one dud track on "The Hogyssey," and the band mixes things up just enough to keep things interesting at all times. The album closes off with "The Horror," a song unbelievingly familiar sounding, despite the fact that it's never been played on the radio.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If a vinyl record: Side 1 strong... Side 2 weak. July 25 2001
Format:Audio CD
I would give this CD 4 stars if you got rid of "At Least I Got Laid" and "This Is America". These two songs are trite and Spacehog's attempt at humor just doesn't work for me. However, there are 3-4 truly GREAT pieces of work on this CD. Bordering somewhere between rock, pop and alternative; "Jupiter's Moon", "I Want To Live", "Earthquake" and the gem "And It Was", these are very good songs. "And It Was" jams and makes me think it could have been an updated version of an old Kiss or Kinks tune from the 1970's. If this were on vinyl, side 1 would kick and side 2 (not including track 8) would be disappointing. In my book tho, it's worth it for the 4 tracks mentioned earlier. Spacehog mixes it up with their own version of the "2001 - Space Odyssey" ("The Hogyssey"), as well as slowing it down with a few tracks ("Dancing On my Own" and "The Strangest Dream"). A good effort, but not one that would stick out as the band's best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spacehog - Still Rocks! May 12 2001
By Rene
Format:Audio CD
I am a huge fan of Spacehog and have been waiting FOREVER for their new album...well, it's been worth the wait!! The songs on the album are all strong, containing a mix of the brash, loud ROCK sounds you'd expect, as well as some softer songs. Spacehog songs generally have terrific underlying melodies which are underappreciated. With a smaller label this time round, it's unfortunate that there aren't album lyrics included, and that there isn't a stronger marketing push to propel these guys into the spotlight they deserve [then again, it's commericalization that tends to kill great music]. So while I wish these guys greater success, I kind of like the idea that they haven't become "McDonaldized" and served up for mass consumption. Despite my being torn, I recommend that you BUY THE CD NOW!!
I had the great fortune of seeing Spacehog live in NYC (Brownies) when they were testing out these new songs on a small audience. They are FANTASTIC -- they sound incredible live and give 110% which is really all a fan can ask for. Royston's voice is awesome in live performance. I think they are on tour now with Black Crowes and Oasis which should be a cool show. Check out [...]
One last tidbit -- past the 12th song, after several blank minutes, there is an additional secret song/nugget which completely freaked me out b/c it was so unexpected. I thought that was a nice touch. ENJOY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I own
And I own well over 700 cds.
This disc is simply amazing. From the initial jangle of "Jupiter's Moon" to the finale "The Horror", this album never fails to... Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by P. Blodgett
1.0 out of 5 stars Hog Eat Hog
Man this album sucks.
Seems like Spacehog is a victim of their own success. The first track on their first CD was one of the greatest songs of all time. Read more
Published on June 29 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of ideas and tired.
What a HUGE disappointment. After a first album that belongs on "All time great albums" lists, and a folow-up that showed that they weren't a fluke, this things outright "is bad. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Spacehog's finest hour
What a wonderful and sadly overlooked album.After The underrated Chinese Album,It was 3 years until Spacehog returned with their third album. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2003 by Noelene Janis
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the earlier albums!
I've always been a moderate fan of Spacehog, and I own all three albums. Although each album has it's plusses, my own personal opinion is that this album surpasses the others. Read more
Published on March 31 2002 by "game_dame"
2.0 out of 5 stars Spacehog Doesn't Have their Old Charm
I fell in love with Spacehog's Resident Alien. It is an absolutely awsome album and I became an instant fan. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars And It Is
Spacehog's newest album was in my hands the day it was released. I think I might have been one of the few people in the country who actually searched for a release date and grabbed... Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2001 by Meadevil
1.0 out of 5 stars Booooo!
Eeee-gads! This is Spacehog's worst album yet! Personally, I think that with this album, Spacehog was under somekind of oath, in which they solomly swore to make terrible music, to... Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars My God, It's Full Of Stars!
Those nuts of Spacehog are back. While not as dark and experimental as The Chinese Album, The Hogyssey is more focused and more like Resident Alien. Read more
Published on July 13 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
I just went to their concert and I couldn't believe how good they were. I had never heard of them before so I didn't know what I was expecting. Read more
Published on May 22 2001 by jan
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