Red Light Fever (Hot Leg album)

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Red Light Fever
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Studio album by Hot Leg
Released Europe 9 February 2009
United States 17 February 2009
Recorded August 2008–December 2008
Genre Glam metal, hard rock, glam rock
Length 34:28
Label Barbecue Rock Records
Producer Stephen Marcussen, Justin Hawkins
Hot Leg chronology
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Singles from Red Light Fever
  1. "Trojan Guitar"
    Released: 20 October 2008
  2. "I've Met Jesus"
    Released: 15 December 2008
  3. "Cocktails"
    Released: 2 March 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Daily Telegraph not rated link
The Independent 5/5 stars link
Kerrang! 3/5 stars
NME 5/10 stars link
Rockmidgets.com 3/5 stars link
The Sun 4/5 stars link

Red Light Fever is the debut and only studio album released by musical group Hot Leg, led by singer-songwriter Justin Hawkins, of The Darkness. The album was released in Europe on 9 February 2009 and in the United States on 17 February 2009.[1]

Background[edit]

Writing of Red Light Fever began when lead vocalist Justin Hawkins left The Darkness. Several demos were leaked onto the internet mid-2007, leading many people to believe he was releasing a solo album, however, in August 2008 it was announced that Hawkins had formed a band with which to bring his newly penned music to the public again. In January 2009, it was announced via the band's MySpace page that the debut album would be released in Europe on 9 February.

Songs featured on the album include, "Whichever Way You Want to Give It", "You Can't Hurt Me Anymore", "Gay in the 80s", the download-only single "Trojan Guitar" and Christmas 'super-smash' "I've Met Jesus". Promotional song "Heroes" was not included on the album. Other songs on the album include; "Chickens", "Prima Donna" and "Cocktails", their first major single release.

Every track on the record was scored, performed and recorded by Hawkins. The album was mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Marcussen Mastering. Chas Bayfield, formerly of E-Wing, Team Pig and The International Christian Playboys, co-wrote lyrics to the tracks "Cocktails", "Gay in the 80s" and "I've Met Jesus". Hawkins' Eurovision collaborator Beverlei Brown appears on the track "Ashamed".

Reception[edit]

K. Ross Hoffman of Rovi said of the album; "By the time Justin Hawkins announced his departure from The Darkness in 2006, the band's flamboyant frontman had picked up a cocaine habit which suggested he'd been taking his role as an unapologetic resuscitator of hair metal's hedonistic excess regrettably seriously, even if taking things seriously seemed otherwise utterly foreign to the Darkness".[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Chickens" Justin Hawkins 3:16
2. "You Can't Hurt Me Anymore" Hawkins 3:19
3. "Ashamed" (featuring Beverlei Brown) Hawkins 3:04
4. "I've Met Jesus" Hawkins • Chas Bayfield 3:09
5. "Trojan Guitar" (used as a B-side to "I've Met Jesus" vinyl version) Hawkins 5:25
6. "Cocktails" Hawkins • Bayfield 3:58
7. "Gay in the '80s" (used as a B-side to "Cocktails" vinyl version) Hawkins • Bayfield 3:17
8. "Prima Donna" Hawkins 3:27
9. "Whichever Way You Wanna Give It" Hawkins 3:23
10. "Kissing in the Wind" Hawkins 3:30

Personnel[edit]

Singles[edit]

Release date Song
20 October 2008 "Trojan Guitar"
15 December 2008 "I've Met Jesus"
2 March 2009 "Cocktails"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ UK. "Hot Leg | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Profile.myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 

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