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Too Hot 2 Handle

by The Buckshots

Rough'n'tough rockabilly, swing, roots rock and country and western in one package.
Genre: Rock: 50's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Devil Is a Woman
3:05 $0.66
2. Get Hot or Go Home
2:16 $0.66
3. Lovesick
3:06 $0.66
4. Reb Ta2's Back in Town
2:23 $0.66
5. Marie
3:11 $0.66
6. An Old Fashion Kind of Love
3:42 $0.66
7. We Wanna Bop
2:58 $0.66
8. Goin' Goin' Gone
2:30 $0.66
9. Stroll
3:16 $0.66
10. In the Mood for Love
3:27 $0.66
11. Don't Say Nothing Bad About My Baby
2:39 $0.66
12. Headin' Home
2:42 $0.66
13. Wedding Bells
3:19 $0.66
14. That Ain't Right
2:04 $0.66
15. Ten Wheels for Jesus (Bonus Track)
3:45 $0.66
16. Eager Beaver (Bonus Track)
2:21 $0.66
17. Ain't No Good (Bonus Track)
1:07 $0.66
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Album Notes
The 2nd and most hailed album by The Buckshots. Press gave it top scores like this one from US magazine Hot Rod & Kulture:

"THE BUCKSHOTS ”TOO HOT 2 HANDLE” (Full length CD 2006 Heptown Records)

It’s not all that often that I like a rockabilly record all the way through. Most rockabilly bands tend to fall in a rut and their records get boring after a few songs. Yeah, I said it, boring. You’ve probably even thought that yourself.
Though if I had to describe the Buckshots “Too Hot 2 Handle” record, boring would not be one of the adjectives involved. In fact, what’s the opposite of boring? Energetic, entertaining, fun!
From the opening drumbeat this record jumps. The bass kicks in and then the vocal “WWWELLLLLLLLLL” the devil is a woman, or so they tell it. I like the piano, almost sounds like The Killer himself played on this one. The second song “Get Hot or Go Home” may have been heard on some digitainment radio stations here and there, and there’s a reason why: it rocks! The lightning fast chorus is so damn catchy, you’ll sing it the first time you hear it.
The slower bluesy “Lovesick” reminds me of something Lee Rocker would have written, great bass on this one too.
On the close-dancing number “Stroll” the guitar is incredible, just simple chord picking, but it just works so well and the lyrics are cool as hell. Keeping in the slow dance mode is the song “An Old Fashion Kind of Love.” This could have been a song for the last dance at a prom in 1954, as it has a cool vintage feel to it. Another song with great lyrics is “Goin’ Goin’ Gone.” The pedal steel guitar on this song is definitily the highlight. It really has a great vintage roots rock feel to it, and then all of a sudden it kicks in and rocks, and picks up speed until the end.
One of my favourites on this disk is without a doubt “Wedding Bells” (not the song Hank Williams made famous), an instrumental that’ll probably be played at weddings near and far. It’s a romantic Hawaiian kinda song with a great guitar throughout.
Then there’s the more fast-paced rockabilly with the ever present “WWWELLLLLL We Wanna Bop.” It’s all about a barn dance type get together and all the “rockin bands* play there and all the kids wanna go “bopping to the sound of that crazy beat.” There’s even a roadhouse rock’n’roll song with “Marie.” It’s got a cool Jason and the Scorchers kinda vibe with a country back roads bar feel to it. I can just imagine drunk rednecks throwing half-full beer bottles at the chicken wire covered stage, and breaking chairs over heads while the song is being played. The harmonica in this song is a great addition to the bass drums and guitar, it makes a good song great.
This disc even has a crampy, dark Ghastly Ones kinda song in “Reb T2’s Back in Town” with a cool Hammond organ (or some close facsimile) included. I’m thinking this song is about a car and not a girl, with lyrics like “She was born to please, got a figure to squeeze, she’s the sweetest thing on wheels.” This song rules!
Overall, this disk covers rockabilly, swing, roots rock and country and western in one package. Not only do I like the diversity in the songs, but the mixing up of the instrumentatation, with lap steel guitars, organs, piano, harmonica and what-not, shows that these guys can write and play great music. This Swedish three-peice group sounds like they were raised on the Reverend Horton Heat “Two Hoots and a Roller, The Pontiac Brothers, Hasil Adkins and a bunch of traditional early Americana Country and Western music. Quite the perfect recipe, if you ask me.
“Too Hot 2 Handle” is a damn near perfect rootsrockabilly record, and the Buckshots look like they can bring the goods live as well. All their tourdates are overseas now, so maybe if we can get them booked for Viva Las Vegas next year, we can see what the live show is truly like. Stop by their all-night truck stop diner at for all the dirt on when they are playing, previously released records, and cool info on what kind of gear they use; it’s WWWWELLLLLL worth the time spent.

Bugs/Hot Rod & Kulture USA"



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