3. I Love you ‘Cause I Have to
4. Celebrity Sanctum
5. Somewhat off the Way
6. Apples and Oranges
7. Modern Woman
8. Paul Newman’s Eyes
9. Pastimes and Lifestyles
10. Glimpse at the Good Life
Die In Hot Cars - Please Describe Yourself (V2)
article written for Logo magazine (website). Now defunct.
have one of the most memorable names going and their eighties
influences are just as clear and unsubtle but Dogs Die In
Hot Cars' debut is an optimistic and humorous mix of pop,
light rock and huge hooks.
spirit of Dexy's Midnight Runners permeates
the overall sound of the album from hit single opener 'Godhopping'
onwards, possibly due to ex-Dexy's co-producers, Clive Langer
and Alan Winstanley, hand in proceedings. Another influence
is betrayed on second track, 'Lounger', which has a heavy
whiff of the Hothouse Flowers about it,
before we are treated to recent single 'I Love You 'Cause
I Have To', which surprisingly charted outside the Top 30.
Love You…' is by far the catchiest track on the album,
Craig McIntosh spitting the words out of his throat like
Elvis Costello indulging in some Vic
Reeves club-style crooning. Uplifting musically
if not lyrically, the chorus in particular sticks straight
between your ears and begs for repeated listening.
also plays a large part with the wistful, name-dropping
tale of showbiz lady longing that is 'Celebrity Sanctum'
and rousing, fast-paced foot-tapper 'Pastimes & Lifestyles'
which contains the line: "Every morning I am woken
by sheep, let the foot and mouth prevail if it means I can
sleep". We are also treated to the nonsense of 'Apples
& Oranges' which is pure Talking Heads
with a surreal fruit salad of lyrics to match proving this
album a completely doom free zone. You have never heard
the words "I'm just a nothing that doesn't have a lot"
spoken with such lightness and happy abandon as they are
during the upbeat hoedown of 'Paul Newman's Eyes'.
may not have the strongest voice, the vocals at times shiny
but whiney, and they may have tried harder to mask the glaringly
obvious influence of their idols but the strength of the
songwriting and catch-rich melodies more than makes up for
these drawbacks. An album of short, sharp pop shots which
manage to be positive, happy and humourous while maintaining
a cosy, emotional warmth. 'Please Describe Yourself' proves
to be infectious and fun, even if it does sound like it
could have been made in 1982.