Dogs Die In Hot Cars Please Describe Yourself

Never mind the awful name. We know it’s bad, and so do they, but it shouldn’t take away from the music, because this Glaswegian quintet are stuffed full of so much energy and zeal they could have named their album Cats Live In Cold Spaces and it would still be the gem that it is. Dogs Die In Hot Cars obviously have no shame, so when it came to shaping their sound they decided to revive the quirky pop rock of Dexy’s Midnight Runners. So determined they were in this mission, they even hired original Dexy’s producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley to work the boards for their debut album, Please Describe Yourself. But they’re hardly rip-off artists — the Dogs toy around with all sorts of ideas in their songbook. There are strong hints of ska in "I Love You ‘Cause I Have To”; the geeky humour popularised by the likes of They Might Be Giants in "Paul Newman’s Eyes”; and if you read between the lines, even "Apples & Oranges” could be linked to XTC, another clear influence. The only conceivable disappointment is the absence of former single, "Man Bites Man,” but that’s hardly a reason to enjoy Please any less. Let’s just be thankful the first name they came up with didn’t stick: Robert Plant In Poo Poo Land. See, Dogs Die In Hot Cars does have a nice ring to it after all. (V2)