With a plethora of current bands influenced by the late seventies and early eighties, its refreshing to find a band who go a little further back for their inspiration. In fact, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then both Bowie and Bolan should feel very flattered indeed. This album was made in 2004, but sounds like something recently recovered by aliens from a NASA space probe launched around 1971. There are a couple of give-away’s to its more recent origins. For a start, the lyrics are quite steamy and guaranteed to upset the moralising blue rinse virgin brigade, were they to listen. The cover features a rather shapely and attractive nude woman whom has the track listing hand written on her back in black felt. Nice. I doubt they would have got away with any of this over thirty years ago. Another nice touch is that the CD is designed to resemble a vinyl record, only smaller obviously. As a package it’s all rather good.
This band had previously made an album under the group name ‘Convoy’. Do not be fooled, it is not the style of music found here, which along with their image, has undergone something of an overhaul since those days. I have long lectured my friends on the importance of image. A strong image can be instrumental in capturing the record buying publics attention. In reality it has no bearing on the music what so ever. However, I just cannot listen to bands that stand on stage in jeans and sweatshirts and appear unfamiliar with the basics of personnel hygiene. However, a shower, a haircut with a floppy fringe, a bit of slap, and hey presto, my attention has been captured. What is the point of all this? Well ‘Convoy’ have undergone this type of change, bar the personnel hygiene which im sure has always been first class. Where as previously they wore jeans and sweatshirts the lead singer, Jason Hill, now reminds me of Trevor Boulder of Spiders from Mars fame, whilst the remainder of the band look like Duran Duran, quite a change and for me it adds to the appeal.
I was always struck by how a TREX album sounded fun and I get the same feeling here. Indeed, one track, ‘Letter To Dominique’ is simply ‘Metal Guru’ with different lyrics and consequently could have been on a TREX album, but still I love it. It sounds like they had a party in the studio whilst recording, no boring endless guitar solos to be found here. The music may not be high on originality but it is high on enthusiasm, classic Glam rock circa 1971-73, at least the first eight tracks are. On the final two they have a stab at slower ballad type numbers and, frankly, having endured them a couple of times I have no intention of doing so again. It is clearly not their forte. The production is quite rough, but deliberately so, so as to be more rock rather than commercial sounding. It’s a fair debut that is worth hearing. I hope they co
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|On 09/08/2005 14:27 Kitten said:|
Oh I've been listening to Louis XIV a lot the last couple of months. I have to say there's a part of me that feels I shouldn't like them, just because they are such a blatant rip-off of T.Rex. But, when it comes down to it their music is so much fun that in the end I can't help but love the album. To me the album artwork is very much in the line of the Stones, and I've amazed nobody has done it before. It's glam and sexy, I'm sure if Mick Jagger had thought of doing it 30 years ago then it probably would've ended up being their best album artwork. Indeed talking of the Stones I'd say their influences are much more The Stones & T.Rex than they are Bowie, though there's little bits of Bowie in there as well.
As for the music, I agree 100% about Letter To Dominique, indeed so much so that at last months Club Bohemia I started playing Metal Guru then 30 seconds in changed it to LTD and it was so seemless that I don't think most people in the club even noticed! I just can't understand how Marc Bolans estate haven't decided to sue them. It's not just similar, it's the same song (with different lyrics) right down to the backing vocal 'ohh-ahhhs'. I agree there's a couple of songs on their that don't quite work, I guess that's their Convoy roots showing through (I've not heard any of their Convoy material and from what I've read about them I don't plan to either). I find it interesting how they've gone from a rock band to a glam band, perhaps (finally!!!) glam is about to make a comeback again. But otherwise it's a splendid album (if a very light one, with their ever so throw-away and non-PC lyrics). I have many favourite songs on it, but ulitmately for the lyrics "kit-kat kitten you're the kicks" my favourite track has to be Pledge Of Allegiance!
I didn't realise the album came out last year as I only discovered it a couple of months ago (I guess it's UK release was this year) but whatever the year it's one of the best things I've found this year.
|On 10/08/2005 08:18 Alan Sharif said:|
Hi Kitten, on checking my facts I believe this CD did indeed come out in 2005. Seems like I have had it ages!!!! Time goes quicker when you get older, as you will one day find out!!!! Agree re the Stones, 'God Killed The Queen' reminds me of them a lot. 'Illegal Tender' is where I make the Bowie connection the most. Its really juse 'Jean Genie' dressed up a little, but great all the same. My favourite track is 'Hey Teacher' which again has an element of the Stones but with a 'Bolan bit' where he sings 'I can only watch you so long'. Totally agree with your comments, very lightweight but so much fun.
|On 14/09/2005 11:20 Brown Bunny said:|
For some obscure reason I think there's something wrong with this album, and not because they sound like a rip off of other bands, most of the music i listen lately is nothing more than recycled influences, but this ones are like a guilty pleasure that I can't get over. Pledge of Allegiance is so delicious that sometimes i can help help put it on reapet. Overall I think it's an average album.
|On 14/09/2005 15:33 Alan Sharif said:|
Interesting opinion Brown Bunny. I loaned a copy to a friend of mine whom loves Glam and he found half the songs great and the other half rubbish with no middle ground.
|On 30/04/2006 20:37 honky tonk woman said:|
Louis XIV are one of the best bands around nowadays...what else can i say
|On 02/05/2006 08:05 Alan Sharif said:|
I am certainly looking forward to another album from them and agree they are one of the best bands around.
|On 18/08/2006 17:27 Starry Sky said:|
I love Louis XIV and this album is great! I totally agree with 'A Letter to Dominique' being a complete rip off of Metal Guru but it doesn't really bother me cuz the song is great! My favourite song is Paper Doll!! I'm addicted to it at the moment, its really fun! Is it just me though or does it remind you a bit of Tiger Feet by Mud at the beginning?? I think this is a band who have been deeply influenced by the classic glam rock of the 70s but i think they've borrowed from it really well. As long as the songs sound great and are fun and energetic then i don't think there's anything wrong with it at all!! Can't wait for another album!!
|On 23/11/2008 18:05 fastfoodaddict said:|
Well, I bought the album when it was on sale and didn't think much of it at first to be honest. Maybe I should give it another try. :)
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