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Resident Alien Import


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Jan. 8 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sire Record Group
  • ASIN: B000002HJV
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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By A Customer on May 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first learned about Spacehog through the news. The singer, Royston Langdon (aka "The Luckiest Man Alive") married Liv "Arwen Evenstar" Tyler in 2001. This made headlines at the time, as it was incontrovertible proof that even the homeliest of guys can hit the jackpot every now and then.
Three things strike me about this album:
First, is it quirky? Yep. Off the beaten path? Definitely. But underneath this somewhat bizarre album is a collection of strong and well crafted songs written by people who are quite talented songsmiths.
Secondly, they're very well produced. They have a great sound, and whoever the producer is deserves an award. The band's strengths are played up. The mix is just right. The sound they get out of their instruments is simply phenomenal. It's perfect for their style of music.
Thirdly, the singer, Royston Langdon, has a strangly intriguing voice. I'm not sure it would carry well in a more traditional band, but it's perfect for what Spacehog does.
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Like many folks who own this CD I suppose, I got this on the strength of the single "In The Meantime". Well, I just dusted off the album after letting it age for a couple years, and I have to say it's totally average and unimpressive. These guys are, <ahem>, not exactly brimming with originality or creativity, simply solid musicians who had a few ideas, a good producer, and an inability to hide - or depart from - their obvious musical influences. The Bowie-esque vocals on most songs (especially "In The Meantime"), the lyric lines and ideas lifted from Bowie's "Space Oddity" in "Spacehog", the Stones'"sympathy for the devil" hoo-hoo's on "Never Coming Down Part I", and the Simon and Garfunkel - sounding "To Be A Millionaire" are just some of the blatantly derivative touches gracing this ho-hum collection of tunes. Life's simply too short to listen to CD's such as this, when there are so much better things to listen to - like the original Bowie, Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, etc! (Or standouts in any other musical genre for that matter.) Let this sleeping pig lie.
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When you are a freshman in high school you learn to keep out of the rough kids' ways, but one afternoon I was faced with no escape--alone in a room with one of our school's biggest hoodlums. He sat across the art room from me and when he walked in I had already settled in for a few hours of solitude in the room... so an unexpected guest was a bit odd, and especially one like him. I had already plopped my Spacehog cd into the player at the front of the room, and when he walked into the room he looked at me weird and then begun nodding his head. I sighed with relief and sat back and relaxed... a half hour later after the album started winding to a stop the boy with chains and spikes and dyed hair spoke, "What is this a new David Bowie release?" And for the first time since I had purchased the cd I figured out why the vocals were so soothing and comforting.... duh, because they sound like Mr. Bowie himself. I giggled and said "No it's Spacehog."... and he laughed too, more than likely for different reasons than my own. I have owned this album for quite some time and I still hold a few of the songs near and dear to my heart. Spacehog is another one of those artists that just didn't get enough recognition for their aparent talent. I am going to go out on the limb and say that this is one of the quirkiest albums I own... reasons: (1) The vocalist could be mistaken for Bowie by Bowie himself. (2) I don't own any Dismemberment Plan, so they didn't win. (3) "Space is the place where I will go when I am all alone. When nobody calls me on the phone, all alone." They actually believe they are from outer space... or I want to believe this because it would make it a bit more fun.Read more ›
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Now I'll admit it, I didn't buy this CD to long ago. Even though this was made back in 1995 I decided why not, I loved the song "In The Meantime" back then and had planned on buying the album, but I always forgot about it when I was in the record store. But anyways lets get down to the CD, Spacehog definetly intended to make their album unique and different from anyone else's and let me tell you they sucessfully did it. The only other sound I can really compare this to is David Bowie and even saying that is a stretch, and though this album could of been better I still applaud them for their bold efforts. "In The Meantime" is a great song though, and if they only followed that formula for the rest of "Resident Alien" it would be a classic. Yes it is true, these guys deserve alot more recognition than they get, hopefully someday they will finally get that fame that seems to be owed to them.
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If you're a fan of old Bowie, Sweet, Mott the Hoople, even Cheap Trick, you'll love this CD -- as well as the rest of the Spacehog catalog. Here's a band with all the anthem-y feel of Glam classics like "All The Young Dudes," and the sense of humor of, say, Kiss. (Their lyrics occasionally bring to mind songs like Sweet's "AC/DC" as well.) The melodies are catchy without a trace of bubblegum, and Royston Langdon's voice can only be described as cool -- with the added bonus of being tuneful. It's a little Bowie, a little Jagger, and unlike anything you've heard before.
The band has talent, too. The compositions are always creative (if occasionally a little too Bowie-like, which never bothers me!) and neither of the Langdons ever seem to miss a note.
If you yearn for the days of cranking, loud, FUN rock-n-roll that has both a sense of fashion and a sense of humor, look no further. Spacehog's your band.
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