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Supergrass stars make covers LP

By Damian Jones
6 Music News reporter

Danny Goffey and Gaz Coombes from Supergrass
Danny Goffey and Gaz Coombes have recorded their favourite covers

Members of Supergrass have teamed up with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich to record a covers album under the name The Hot Rats.

Singer Gaz Coombes and drummer Danny Goffey recently completed sessions for the album, which features songs by The Kinks, Beastie Boys and The Doors.

"I saw them doing a cover of Beat It when they were promoting their last record as a two piece," Godrich told BBC 6 Music.

"So we decided to record it."

The Radiohead producer continued: "Then we got in the studio and realised there were some better songs that we could be doing."

We sat in a restaurant, drank loads of wine and just worked out what kind of songs we could record
Gaz Coombes, The Hot Rats

"We sat in the restaurant across the street, drank loads of wine and just worked out what kind of songs we could record," Coombes explained.

"But we did it in a way we could put our own personality and character on there to give it a real nice angle.

"There's an element of classic mix tape to it," Coombes explained.

Tracks on the album, which was inspired by David Bowie's 1973 covers LP, Pin Ups, include The Crystal Ship by The Doors, Elvis Costello's Pump It Up and Beastie Boys classic Fight For Your Right.

"That's a great song and the lyrics are really cool," said Coombes.

"It doesn't really have any chords on it, it's about the beat and the rap. But we decided to make it sound like The Who.

"Another one I loved recording was I Can't Stand It by Lou Reed because it was quite simple and we got all these female backing vocalists to sing on it."

Coombes and Goffey also confirmed that, despite their new side project, work was continuing on Supergrass' seventh studio album.

"Supergrass is still very much a creative force and we're halfway through a new record as it is," said Goffey.

"We just had some time on our hands so we thought it was a great idea to do this as well."

The Hot Rats are due to appear at this years' Reading and Leeds Festivals over the weekend of 28-30 August.



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