The Lancashire Hotpots – Reviewing A Fistful of Scratchcards
Last year, the Lancashire Hotpots released this classic album, so I thought I’d re-review it, whilst there was a quiet week before the Euros started. It’s a great LP, 12 brilliant songs, all with a bit of a country theme.
The Hotpots have done some great albums since they formed almost 10 years ago – first album was ‘Never Mind the Hotpots’, then there was ‘Pot Sounds’, we’ve had a Christmas album, ‘Achtung Gravy’, ‘Criminal Record’, ‘A Hard Day’s Pint’ and ‘Crust for Life’. And as well as the album, they are brilliant to watch live and tour regularly.
Track 1 – The Tay-barn Dance. Brilliant opener, maybe you’ve never been to a Tay-Barn’s. I haven’t, after this song, I feel like I’m missing out! Basically, it’s to the tune of ‘Gay Bar’ – but all about an ‘All You Can Eat’ restaurant chain! Go and listen!
Track 2 – Cheer Up Thom Yorke. If you’re a Radiohead fan, it will be interesting to see whether you agree or disagree to the song’s sentiment, but it’s brilliantly done to the tune of Kenny Rogers’s ‘Lucille’.
Track 3 – Nan’s Blue Disabled Badge
Track 4 – I’m Every Bloke
Track 5 – In The Cloud – Internet storage brilliant described to the tune of ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’. I grew up with my Dad playing this song on the guitar, but all I want to sing now is “Your data’s in the cloud!”
Track 6 – Heartburn
Track 7 – Frozen Prison Blues. Johnny Cash would love this one, all with a Folsom and San Quentin feel to it, but a rant about the latest Disney craze instead! (I’m lucky, I’ve managed to avoid watching Frozen so far!).
Track 8 – Take Off Your Tabard. A love song with the word ‘tabard’ in, I don’t think it’s ever been done! Really, really funny.
Track 9 – The Day The Circus Came To Town (Johnny Cash Converter version). This song has grown on me every time I’ve played the album.
Track 10 – Country Courtin’. For me, it’s the funniest song on the album. All about a lovely trip around the British Isles. It could be interpreted otherwise perhaps 😉
Track 11 – Thirsty Thursday. This is another great song; the words will instantly hit your head and you’ll be singing along. Need an excuse to go to your local? Look no further! Why not? It’s Wednesday!!
Track 12 – Talking To Calcutta. Ever been frustrated by call centres? So have the Hotpots – I’ll say no more…
And if you like this album, then the Hotpots have just released a new album called ‘Nowt Like the 80s’ – I will be reviewing it very soon, but it’s out now.
To find out more about The Lancashire Hotpots visit http://thelancashirehotpots.net/
Visit the Hotpots shop at http://hotpots.tmstor.es/