"Resident Alien" (Elektra; 1995)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Spacehog is influenced by David Bowie and Queen, and you can tell that by their hit single “In The Meantime.” They also like the classic T-Rex guitar interjection, which means they must be from across the pond. Well, they are, but they were formed in NYC by a chance meeting. This album was supposed to bridge the gap between countries because Spacehog was the first band that didn't sound like Led Zeppelin (well, the first not be marketed as such). 

I only ever heard the single “In The Meantime.” The rest of the disc was kind of spacey with distorted guitars and off-beat drumming. I seldom went past track one. The music doesn’t have much staying power and when it finally does it had to grow on you for a few minutes, but by then you’ve already skipped the track because the uneven flow left you cheated. 

The lead singer, Royston Langdon, married Liv Tyler. Spacehog has since broken up and this disc maybe the highlight of their career. They released three discs, so venture on if you like this one. 

The best singles are “In The Meantime,” and “Cruel To Be Kind.”

 Spacehog: Royston Langdon – bass and vocals; Anthony Langdon – guitar and vocals; Richard Steel – guitar; Jonny Cragg – drums.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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