Hot Hot Heat - Knock Knock Knock (Cover Artwork)

Hot Hot Heat

Hot Hot Heat: Knock Knock KnockKnock Knock Knock (2002)
Sub Pop Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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While I was in the middle of writing this review and listening to this cd, a kid from down the hall who is mocked for liking Good Charlotte and Simple Plan, made a special trip down the hall to tell me how ??gay' his cd was. Saying that he lacks ALL taste in music is an understatement, because this 5 song EP is awesome.

Starting of this disc is "Le Le Low", one of the catchiest songs I've ever heard. When I listened to this for the first time it was instantly stuck in my head and it was on repeat for the following few days. It's just an excellent catchy song.

After the catchy opener, "5 Times out of 100" follows. It's a slower song, with a catchy chorus, and a mild piano breakdown accompanied by whispered vocals.

Track Four, "Touch You, Touch You" starts off with rhythmic clapping, and then flows into a cool piano part which then introduces the main guitar part. After hearing that I was hooked on this song.

The last song on this EP is "More for Show." This is my second favorite song on this cd, the vocals just flow nicely with the music and it really puts you into a good mood.

If Hot Hot Heat won you over with their full length "Make Up The Breakdown" I assure you that you will like this. But if you've never heard of this band before I suggest you check out "Le Le Low" and if you're not absolutely hooked on that song, you're probably not going to like this band.


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Anonymous (May 8, 2004)

"i really hate this ep. their full length is good though"

To whomever said that...I was just wondering, which full length? I assume you are talking about Make up the Breakdown.

Am I the ONLY person here who fell in love with Scenes One Through Thirteen?(One of the best cds ever) So good. The chaotic keyboards, wonderfull drumming and bass, not to mention a different singer who is just as good if not better. And what can I say, how can a cd that has no guitar in it rock so hard?

I'm surprised I'm the first to mention this cd.

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

hey beefcake, it's indie. this band has dance party written all over it, sorry that you're not aware that your shit, what you like to call "fast punk rock" (although punk is more of a community than it is a genre) stinks.

Anonymous (May 23, 2003)

This is quite possibly the worst band/cd I've ever heard. This shit just sucks. I hate these fucking shit bands that can't sing or scream and as far as the music goes, they don't have any fucking talent. What ever happened to Hard Fast Punk. This shit just ain't rocking

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

"Korn rules dude"

No way, dude, they are totally "bogus" thrash trash.

"that's true hardcore."

A bunch of nappy haired losers shouting "fuck the world" while hitting random notes? I thought Black Flag was hardcore. I guess they're classical now.

"And to the person below, I like a wide range of music, not just hardcore and death metal. And if you're thinking "Well that's all you review!", well I review what I'm sent, and that's mostly what it is. I like death metal, hardcore, punk,"

No, you don't like punk. You only listen to 4th generation shit bands that rip off old bands. That isn't punk, that's shit. And hardcore is bland crap.

"grind, thrash, and whole array of things, don't pigeonhole me."

You're way too easy to "pigeonhole". You like music that sounds the same. That's okay, but don't try to force your unintelligent opinion on others.

Anonymous (May 20, 2003)

someone please explain to me when the music from off broadway shows got popular, cause that's exactly what this band sounds like. new wave/post punk/power pop my ass...

go watch recordings of grease or guys and dolls, turn the sound down, and crank up any hot hot heat record. it's eerie how well it fits...

oh, and ps: i hate musicals. fuck this band in its drama nerd ear.

FortyMinutesWest (May 19, 2003)

Korn rules dude, that's true hardcore. And to the person below, I like a wide range of music, not just hardcore and death metal. And if you're thinking "Well that's all you review!", well I review what I'm sent, and that's mostly what it is. I like death metal, hardcore, punk, grind, thrash, and whole array of things, don't pigeonhole me. Your criticism of those two genres just proves you're talking out of your ass. I never bashed the Ramones, I just don't like them, they don't interest me. I never said they weren't influential.

Anonymous (May 19, 2003)


I just wrote a KoRn song. Forty, want to put some music to it? Just hit random chords and hope it comes together.

Anonymous (May 19, 2003)

So, Cawknocker, you would basically rather listen to modern shit rehashes of old punk than old punk itself? Thats just a bad taste in music, and nobody will ever be able to cur that. Forty, you don't like good music.

All you listen to is either death metal or hardcore, and both of those musical forms suck. Sure, its awesome when bands know their instruments very well, but how are you supposed to tell when the lyrics are just screamt rubbish and the music is so fast? The mark of a good musician is not playing ultra fast. It's playing interesting music. Hardcore does that for about three bands, then it just gets old. So what if the Ramones weren't the greatest players in the world? Are you a prog rocker metal head? Live they were probably tighter than your favorite band is on the best show they ever play.

I'm not saying people have to live in the 70's and only listen to old music, I'm just stating that it sounds quite uneducated when you young fucks bash old bands for the dumbest, most out of context reasons in the world.

Am I the only one who can listen to Damned Damned Damned and Reinventing Axl Rose in a row?

This band, though, is 80's nostalgiac garbage.

Anonymous (May 19, 2003)

i'm with fortyminutes west on this one. i think the ramones are very influential, thats obvious. but like the sex pistols, if i listen to it now, i just get bored. it doesnt translate very well to me. i'd much rather hear greenday for nostalgia, yea i know they were influenced by the ramones to, but i just dont' care for them. their lyrics are just lame and their songs all sound the same and are boring. it was great for its time, made a huge statement and impact, i think they should be highly regarded as groundbreaking artists. but i just can't get into them, and think most people that listen to them do cuz its the punk thing to do. whatever. i'll listen to the clash's london calling and thats about it for old ass punk. at least that has variety.
as for this band, whatever.

Anonymous (May 19, 2003)

the third song...?


unconcerned (May 19, 2003)

ok first off hot hot heat is better than the band currently in your cd player.

second off to the idiot below who said he was sick of garage rock and then listed hot hot heat as one of the bands. YOU ARE AN IDIOT. Saying these guys are garage rock is like saying Michael Jackson is a gangsta rapper.

Choke on your own vomit

Anonymous (May 19, 2003)

Wow, there are quite a good many idiots roaming this site nowadays.

I think i've got Forty figured out. He likes good music.

(except for the liking of Thrice, them and theirs get a good bah humbug from me)

I mean, look at the compilation review, with all the badass Swedish Death Metal, and the Dream Theater comment. How can you beat that?

So the Ramones don't appeal to everyone? I don't think anyone is saying they never influenced anyone, but their influence doesn't mean me, or anyone else, has to like them. Whatever happened to liking what you liked because you really liked it? I hate Rancid too. Does that mean I can't enjoy music? Am I not punk enough to visit a website because I'm into Ugly Casanova, the Pillows and what some would call Death Metal?

Holy jebus bannanas Batman, is this not a fucking Hot Hot Heat review on Punknews.org?

FortyMinutesWest (May 19, 2003)

Yep that's me alright, I hate everything except hardcore, it's all I listen to, if I get anything slightly different, I throw it away!

Anonymous (May 19, 2003)

for awhile, i was under the impression that fortyminuteswest didn't like any music. every band that he commented on he didn't seem to like.

then i figured out that he was way into hardcore.

i think i know the type. cuffs his jeans, wears a bandana, buggers the fuck out of his friends who listen to hardcore because it's funny, not because they're gay.

a great group to belong to.

Anonymous (May 18, 2003)


Anonymous (May 18, 2003)

Oh no, I've lost credibility with you! Oh, this will keep me awake at night! How can I ever get back into your good graces? Should I buy every Ramone's tribute album(all 5,000 of them) or some other band related products? How about some Joey Ramone deodorant? Strong enough for a man, sensitive enough for a Ramone.

Anonymous (May 18, 2003)

But you forgot... Death metal sucks. Liking the Ramones isn't by any means a rule... Its just that you lose all credibility when you say such a stupid things.

FortyMinutesWest (May 18, 2003)

Dream Theater rocks, although they should spell their name "Theatre", it just looks cooler.

Anonymous (May 18, 2003)

This score is for Dream Theatre...

They are grand.

I'm with the forty guy on this one completely in everything.

Go read what he said.

FortyMinutesWest (May 18, 2003)

Oh, I didn't know liking the Ramones was a pre-requisite for visiting this site. Please take me away, Mr. Punk Police. I'm turning myself in, I have another confession, I hate Rancid.

Anonymous (May 18, 2003)

"I can think of a ton of death metal bands I'd listen to before the Ramones."

Then you are an idiot. Somebody who says he's "never liked the Ramones" shouldn't be on this site. Death metal sucks ass. You are a moron. Please leave.

FortyMinutesWest (May 18, 2003)

"Okay, coming from a guy who says that the Ramones suck and didn't inspire any punk bands. Yeah, I respect your opinion. Anybody who listens to death metal has already proven what terrible tastes in music they have."

I never said the Ramones weren't inluential. I said I've never liked them, and that they aren't the greatest band ever. I can think of a ton of death metal bands I'd listen to before the Ramones. Oh, and Melvyl, did you bash The Yeah Yeah Yeahs alot in your review or something?

Melvyl (May 18, 2003)

I reviewed the yeah yeah yeahs cd.

but i don't think that the editors will put it up.

Anonymous (May 18, 2003)

Okay, coming from a guy who says that the Ramones suck and didn't inspire any punk bands. Yeah, I respect your opinion. Anybody who listens to death metal has already proven what terrible tastes in music they have.

FortyMinutesWest (May 18, 2003)

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs might not be unoriginal, but they are terrible.

Anonymous (May 17, 2003)

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are the real thing. I don't give a shit about music sounding "punk", all I want is original rock music (the original meaning of punk).

Name the band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are trying to sound like. I don't think you can.

Anonymous (May 17, 2003)

this is steaming poop. no more garage rock please
hot hot heat, yea yea eyas, white strokes, hives vines whatever . all equal poo. poo poo. poopy pants.

chimericalburst (May 17, 2003)

you forgot to mention the best hot hot heat song to date:

have a good sleep

out of five songs, you couldn't talk about their best one? whats the dilly yo?!


Anonymous (May 16, 2003)

This is much better than Good Charlotte and much worse than The White Stripes.

Anonymous (May 16, 2003)

i really hate this ep. their full length is good though

Anonymous (May 16, 2003)

Who was the kid down the hall? Was it ***wuss emo rock***? It sure sounds like it's him.

Anonymous (May 16, 2003)

what a horrible band. i'll take good charlotte over this pile of shit any day....wait, good charlotte is shit already....guess that demotes hot hot heat even further down the shit hole.

Anonymous (May 16, 2003)

This band is as great as a band can be at this moment. - bigjerk

Anonymous (May 16, 2003)

Bizarre but I dont know a thousand bands who plays that kind of music. The voice sounds a little like Robert Smith but that's it. Hot Hot Heat kicks ass.. and put's canada back into the music scene while we try and forget about freakin' Avril and Simple Plan. oh what shame


Anonymous (May 16, 2003)

I havent heard this album but I just got Make Up the Breakdown and that album fucking rocks... I can only imagine how good this one is.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (May 16, 2003)

this band rocks. plain and simple. I saw them a few months back at the bowery ballroom in NYC. now if anyone knows NYC, you know the bowery is on the lower east side, which is a pretentious scenester hotbed. just think of the worst music snob you know and mutiple that by the thousands. at any rate, this band puts so much energy in their live show its infectous. Let alone that they just sound good live. I know I was jumping around and dancing, but i'll do that at most shows. Now I know that if you're band worth a grain of salt, you should be able to do get the crowd moving. but the point is, this band was so good live, even the pretentious scenesters were jumping up around and dancing. This ep and makeup the btreakdown are great albums. and if you can catch them live, run, don't walk.

FortyMinutesWest (May 16, 2003)

I just realized that diseases and viruses are the hip new craze around here. Now excuse me while I get some whooping cough, oh yeah!

Anonymous (May 16, 2003)

ebola??? a lil too much huh? i would've prefer lockjaw. anyway, ok band but nothing that really clicks.


FortyMinutesWest (May 16, 2003)

This band is alot like ebola, except more painful.

Anonymous (May 16, 2003)

I think these guys are talented and write better music than I ever could, but they are also vasty overrated. There are a gazillion other bands doing the exact same thing.

Not bad, but nothing groundbreaking.


Bryne (May 16, 2003)


Got it out of my system.

Oh, and this band is great.

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