Supergrass side-project The Hot Rats played a 10-song covers set to a packed crowd at London‘s Old Blue Last venue last night (August 26).
The band – featuring Supergrass‘s Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey – played tracks set to feature on their forthcoming album, which is produced by Radiohead cohort Nigel Godrich. The producer DJ-ed at last night’s gig and watched the band from the crowd as they powered through a 40-minute set.
Kicking off the set with a drum-led version of the The Velvet Underground‘s ‘I Can’t Stand It’, Goffey told the audience, “Let us be your free jukebox for the evening…”, before Coombes thanked the crowd for turning up and appreciating “our mad little musical adventure”.
Before playing a version of David Bowie‘s ‘Queen Bitch’ (which stuck closely to the original), Coombes and Goffey told the audience a story about how Supergrass had once bumped into Bowie. “He had unusually big hands for a small man,” Goffey joked about the meeting.
The duo – who wore identical top hats and stripy T-shirts – both sang vocals during the gig, though Coombes took the lead on most songs. At one point, he referenced Supergrass‘ former record label EMI.
“This next song is by the Sex Pistols,” he said. “But we don’t wanna get into politics or anything”. The song in question was a cover of ‘E.M.I.’ – the punk pioneers legendary 1977 musical swipe at the record label.
Goffey then interrupted his bandmate, saying the cover was “Kind of about Guy Hands. Or ‘No Hands'”. Hands‘ private equity firm Terra Firma acquired EMI in 2007.
The Hot Rats ended their set by playing a singalong version of The Cure‘s 1983 single ‘The Love Cats’.
The band are now set to play at the Reading And Leeds Festivals this weekend (August 28-30).
The Hot Rats played:
‘I Can’t Stand It’
‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)’
‘Mirror In The Bathroom’
‘Love Is The Drug’
‘Pump It Up’